This would be a great drive in the fall as there are a lot of aspens along this route. The tracks skirt along the side of the property line. Guanella Summit: Once we reach the Guanella Pass Summit, we will have entered the alpine world at over 11,669 feet! The trailheads of these two hikes are found across from each other along the Red Feather Lakes Road (Larimer County Road 74E) just east of Red … There are 18 sites in the campground. If you take you're time there are 2 lakes that await you. Near Georgetown, Colorado. Hiking in Guanella Pass With plenty of hiking trails along the 22-mile long Guanella Pass, calling this getaway destination a hiker’s haven wouldn’t be an overstatement. ... in Guanella Pass #344 Overall. What a site to see. When you drive through Guanella Pass, you will see many horned sheep on the side of the road, and the road is a bit curvy, but not as bad as other roads. The Threemile Creek Trail is a popular trail in the fall. Not far from Denver either way. Guanella Pass is host to a few good climbing crags and a large number of sub-alpine boulders, which is a principal reason for posting it here. Keep an eye out for Big Horn Sheep, Moose, Bear, Mountain Lion, Elk, Horses, Cattle and Sasquatch on the road along with all the little critters. We left our car at 8:30am, entering at the very far south end which is marked only by a bridge over the stream and a small sign stating No Camping. The Guanella Pass - Silver Dollar Lake Trailhead is located 9.9 miles south of Georgetown, CO on Guanella Pass Road. Parked at the lot that where the road ends and hiked up the road about ~2 miles to the summit. Completely paved I hadn’t been on this trail before, but had intended to hike or snowshoe it many times – instead passing it up for somewhere else that was beckoning me. It snows over and closes during the winter. Great drive but I didn’t see any off road trails. Starting from Guanella Pass, right across from the Bierstadt trailhead, Square Top Lakes is definitely a hidden gem. The hike begins by immediately descending a few hundred feet into a small valley. Now that it's paved, the road climbs all the way to the timberline and offers views of Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans. Courtesy of Shotzr, Photo by Derek Johnson (@djvisuals) Kenosha Pass area is a well-known and popular leaf-peeping destination southwest of Denver that attracts visitors each fall. Take notice though that the lake and the immediate shore around the lake is private property. Both sides of the pass offer camping, in the form of free dispersed campsites and USFS campgrounds. Length (roundtrip): 17.1 miles. bjd5578 Save Add photos See all photos 6216 Hits; 0 % Score; 0 Votes Log in to vote. Please explain. Bierstadt and Mt. Guanella Pass is located in Georgetown, Colorado. Follow Guanella Pass Road 9.9 miles south to the Silver Dollar Lake parking area on the right. Guanella Pass connects the small towns of Grant and Georgetown, Colorado via a mostly unpaved mountain with many opportunities for hiking and camping in … Guanella Pass The drive: This 22-mile scenic byway between Georgetown and Grant turns from paved to well-maintained gravel road. However, although the parking area will be busy and there will be plenty of people hiking the trail, it is still a good alternative to the hordes of hikers and leaf peepers on nearby Kenosha Pass on a peak fall weekend. The trail offers a number of activity options. We saw no animals, but as the forest is quite dense, I wouldn’t imagine there aren’t any. Locate the Bierstadt Trail and begin descending east toward Scott Gomer Creek. Do go slow through parking areas as a lot of hikers and dogs are crossing the road. Stunning views! Add Your Trails, Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Show Breakdown 4.8 from 9 votes 5 Star ... Beautiful wildflowers, beautiful view down Guenella Pass, and a cherry on top was Shelf Lake. Have to do it again some time in the sunshine, but the clouds were very welcome. Jan 19, 2017 - Georgetown, Coloardo serves as an entrance to Guanella Pass, a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, US. The Silver Dollar Lake Trail begins at the first parking lot just off Guanella pass road (a new paved parking lot with plenty of spaces provided you get there early)- the first ¼ mile of the hike is a four-wheel drive road that leads to a second parking lot and the trail head. NOT OKAY! A 4WD road continues .6 miles to the trailhead. 78 Total Climbs. They are currently improving the roadbed and adding new asphalt to the Grand side road, so there may be delays. Approximate elevation gain: … The drive to Guanella Pass is one of the closest scenic drives to Denver, where you can get up to high altitude quite quickly without having to work for it at all, and the terrain up there is amazing. 800.22 m Up At an elevation of 11,668-feet, stop here for postcard-worthy photos of Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt, picnicking and hiking. After the summit, it crosses into the Pike National Forest, before ending in Grant. It’s absolutely gorgeous the entire way through. We did two hikes, one close to Georgetown and another one at the end of the trail. Taken from Guanella Pass, 1 shows the route. The pass is located in southwestern Clear Creek County, in the Front Range west of Denver and south of Georgetown.The pass was named in 1953 for Byron Guanella, a road supervisor and commissioner in Clear Creek County for nearly 50 years. Rosalie Trail #603 at Guanella Pass 60 Mins from Denver All Trails Difficult Moderate Plus Most Popular Hikes West of Denver South Park Trail (TR 600) to Square Top Lakes Trail Saw some bighorn rams and spectacular views of Georgetown and surrounding area. Well worth the time. Weave through willows on wooden bridges and trail sections for nearly a mile to reach the creek, near 11,500' - 2.After crossing the creek continue to a large boulder, on the left, and pick a spot to leave main trail. We walked two miles north from our car until we hit what was, for us with a leashed dog, a roadblock. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. Visitors to the area and locals alike enjoy hiking Mount Bierstadt (14,065ft), which provides a relatively easy fourteener climbing experience. This trail is actually a well maintained asphalt roadway. Difficult. All reviews beautiful drive fall colors mountain pass hiking trails changing colors tree line scenic byway take pictures high altitude big horn sheep day trip awesome views worth the trip bierstadt summit lakes hike colorado switchbacks snow scenery gravel. Guanella Pass Trail is a 39.8 kilometer heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grant, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. Micro spikes were perfectly fine (snow shoes were not needed). Addition: Although this is a driving road as mentioned by others, there most definitely *is* the very nice hiking path that I’ve described. Oh wait, the pioneers did that too! Hike from Guanella Pass : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering Weave through willows on wooden bridges and trail sections for nearly a mile to reach the creek, near 11,500' - 2.After crossing the creek continue to a large boulder, on the left, and pick a spot to leave main trail. 4) Naylor & Silver Dollar Lake Recreation areas - located at the gate closure of Guanella Pass Road, small parking lot, hiking, biking, nordic recreation. We plan to return sometime without our dog and do that. Near: Bailey. It is a nice campground and has a level tent space, steel fire ring, separate cooking grill, and level parking space. Beautiful Drive! The Silver Dollar Lake Trail begins at the first parking lot just off Guanella pass road (a new paved parking lot with plenty of spaces provided you get there early)- the first ¼ mile of the hike is a four-wheel drive road that leads to a second parking lot and the trail head. This is about an injury or accident what you know about this area! "Guanella Pass Information- Fire Ban Effective October 23, 2020, all public lands along the Guanella Pass Road corridor are closed due to extreme fire danger. Denver, United States 647 contributions 112 helpful votes. Drive up Guanella Pass hill about 2 miles to the Silver Dale parking lot, about 0.3 miles past the first reservoir. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact our office: 303-679-2312, or check the Guanella Pass Road Information Line at 303-679-2422 x.2 for updates. Colorado, United States, North America. MTB Project is built by riders like you. Visitors enjoy hiking and fishing in the area. Guanella Pass. The 9.4 mile hike begins at 8,900 feet on the west side of the road. Along the way, recreation opportunities abound with hikes for every ability, biking, fly fishing, rafting, and camping. Didnt see any 4x4 trails. The snow was packed down in the middle of the road, but was very deep on the sides. Follow Guanella Pass Road to the summit of Guanella Pass where there is a parking area and the trailhead for Square Top Lakes. 11.6 km A great hike with great views. Facilities: The campground is split into two loops by the county road and South Clear Creek. Prepare for the weather as higher elevations can be much cooler and windy. The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, can be accessed from either Grant or Georgetown.. Visitors enjoy hiking and fishing in the area. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Had perfect weather after heading down from Kenosha and hit the peak overlook. Wildflowers dot the hillsides, revealing a fragile alpine tundra ecosystem. The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, can be accessed from either Grant or Georgetown. Only 4 - 6 parking spots there. • Because of the provided facilities, it is NOT a FREE campground. Follow Guanella Pass Road 9.9 miles south to the Silver Dollar Lake parking area on the right. Add Your Recommended Routes, 7.2 mi The entire length of Rosalie Trail is 14 miles but just hiking a short portion of 2.5 miles keeps you up above treeline until you meet Gomer Creek and its drainage (it then heads down into Abyss Trail and trailhead). Facilities: The campground is split into two loops by the county road and South Clear Creek. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail was easy to follow, and at that rather early hour, we didn’t see anyone until we’d walked north 3/4 of a mile and came to the parking lot with bathrooms. The Guanella Pass Campground is located about 7 miles south of Georgetown on the Gunaella Pass Scenic Byway. • Rough, but super doable. Grizzly Peak is a challenging 5-mile hike from Loveland Pass that ends with a scramble to its craggy 13,427' summit with breathtaking views of the Loveland Pass area, local ski resorts, and 14ers Grays and Torreys Peaks. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Not only will you avoid ski traffic but you also aren’t forced to ski up and over the summit of Guanella Pass. This is fathers day weekend, and there were a ridiculous amount of people at the pass hiking, camping, and whatever else. I have been hiking in Colorado for a couple years. Click here for the photo tour. A MUST see if you're looking for true Colorado beauty, especially during Fall. See more ideas … Something else? Guanella Pass Road is seasonally closed on or about Nov. 26, and reopens on Memorial Day weekend at Naylor Lake on the Clear Creek County side and Burning Bear Campground on the Park County side. It is an explosion of color. Colorado Trail from Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass, Abyss Lake via Tanglewood, Rosalie, and Abyss Trail, Rosalie Trail #603 via Tanglewood Trail #636, Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass and West Jefferson, Wilderness on Wheels Mountain Boardwalk [CLOSED], Red Cone, Webster Pass, Radical Hill, Middle Fork Swan River OHV Route. It closely follows the roadway but isn’t right next to it. Guanella Pass, at one time, was a burro trail. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. This quiet hike is a … ... don’t miss talking a couple of hours to drive over Guanella Pass!!! Beautiful mountains, and tundra surroundings encompass the Guanella Pass area! Guanella Pass in the fall is an amazing place to visit. From the parking lot, Rosalie trail (Tr 603) heads south. Many people drive along Guanella Pass road to see the beautiful golden aspens. Bierstadt, hike Bierstadt from the trailhead or hike one of the other trails in the area. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Abyss Trail to Abyss Lake. We hiked this in the morning of 7/7/2018. Continuing on down the Georgetown side of the pass, it is really steep!! I wouldn't consider it a trail rather a park road. It was originally a small mining town but is now a fun place to visit for ice cream and to view some nice art galleries. Spam? Camping, Hiking, and Fishing from Guanella Pass. Beautiful views of lakes the whole way up-- highly recommend this trail during the fall!! Cool town with some really neat old homes and buildings. The pass is accessed by a beautiful drive up from Georgetown and/or from the US 285/Grant side. The road from Georgetown to the winter lot was well-maintained... some snow on the road but no issues driving up and down. It was so enjoyable to snowshoe up the pass without getting windblown! The Guanella Pass - South Park Trail is located 11.8 miles south of Georgetown, CO on Guanella Pass Road. All reviews beautiful drive fall colors mountain pass hiking trails changing colors tree line scenic byway take pictures high altitude big horn sheep day trip awesome views worth the trip bierstadt summit lakes hike colorado switchbacks snow scenery gravel. From I-70, exit #228 for Georgetown and follow signs through town for Guanella Pass Road. Just don't expect to be "off-road". Really nice Snow Shoeing and Cross Country Skiing along the road in Winter. Forest Service Has closed 90% of the dispersed camping areas along Guanella Pass road. Guanella Pass, which connects the charming and historic town of Georgetown in the north to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Grant to the south, is a recreational outdoorsman’s dream.Volumes could be written on what this 22-mile scenic byway has to offer. Road is closed at 8.2 miles in due to snow. Marmot and Pika can be seen from the trail. Add Your Photos. Georgetown, CO Difficult. We got some sun and no wind! Locate the Bierstadt Trail and begin descending east toward Scott Gomer Creek. Turn right on Park county Road #62( Sometimes called the Guanella pass road) and drive 4.9 miles to the trailhead at a turn in the road. Length1.6 miElevation gain314 ftRoute typeOut & back We hiked from the south end, located a mile or two north of Grant. This track takes you to Naylor Lake in the Guanella Pass area, near Georgetown. A camp site Host is on site. From I-70, take the Georgetown exit and follow the signs. Difficult. While everyone else is headed up to Kenosha or Guanella Pass to check out the changing aspens from behind a car window, stretch your legs along the Abyss Trail. At that point, you’ll need to cross the stream by walking first across a fallen tree, then onto a pile of flotsam maybe 8-10’ long to continue across the stream. Definitely recommend for snowshoeing! Colorado, United States, North America. Approach from the Grant side is via US 285, which will also provide ready access to several hiking trails into the Mt. From Grant, look for signs on the right-hand side that indicate Guanella Pass. I headed up to Guanella Pass, and decided to hike up the Abyss Lake Trail. Most people here are attempting to do the 14er, but if you've already bagged that one (or are just looking for some high altitude hiking to get you ready for it), Square Top Lakes is perfect.. Hopefully I will be able to hike a 14er soon. Only downside is that there are lots of horse droppings on trail. Add Your Trails. Three Mile Creek is located on the Grant side of Guanella Pass Scenic Byway and starts at a lower elevation relative to the previous mentioned trails. Guanella Pass Scenic Byway features fantastic views of towering Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans, both over 14,000 ft (4267 m) high, the alpine tundra wildlife, wildflowers, spruce, lodgepole pine and aspen forests. It was an absolutely beautiful day! Fairly popular right now, lots of leaf peepers and parking is limited. Hiked this on 1/23. Follow Guanella Pass Road south to the new parking facility on the west (right) side of the road. Enjoy. Guanella Pass is a Fee use campground provided by the USFS. Guanella Pass Byway – Georgetown-Grant Guanella Pass passes through two national forests on it’s way from I-70 to US 285. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact our office: 303-679-2312, or check the Guanella Pass Road Information Line at 303-679-2422 x.2 for updates. At these elevations, life survives in a fragile balance between freezing temperatures and intense sunlight. The South Park Trail begins on the west side of this lot. Some areas wash out a little in the spring, making sections bumpy. Great hike! The South Park Trail begins on the west side of Guanella Pass in the auxiliary parking lot for Mt Bierstadt. It also has pit toilets. 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