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Paradise Divide Road

Beginning Elevation: 11,240 Feet (3503.7 Meters) Paradise Divide
Difficulty: Beginner
Elevation Gain: 533 Feet (166.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,707 Feet (3337.6 Meters) Schofield Pass
Length: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128, 133
Road Number: 519
Usage: Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle


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General Description

Paradise Divide Road, Forest Road #519, begins at the end of Slate River Road at the top of a very steep ascent. This ascent climbs Paradise Divide and ends in Paradise Basin. This route crosses the basin and ends on Schofield Pass. It is a relatively smooth two and a half miles through the basin with a few shallow stream crossings. The scenery is breathtaking.

Directions from Crested Butte: Drive one mile north on Highway 135 to Slate River Road. Turn left on Slate River Road and travel nine miles to the beginning of Paradise Divide Road.

Directions from Gothic: Follow Gothic Road passed Emerald Lake to Scholfield Pass. Turn left on to Paradise Divide Road, Forest Road 519.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Paradise Divide Road
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Paradise Divide Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Cinnamon Mountain, Baldy Mountain, Anthracite-Yule Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Paradise Divide Road
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Paradise Divide Road
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Paradise Divide Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Paradise Divide Road
Yes
ICON Backcountry Skiing Paradise Divide
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Paradise Divide Road
Yes



Related Activities
Emerald Lake - Emerald Lake is an alpine lake of twelve surface acres, that supports small rainbow trout. It is situated in a scenic valley with a picnic area on its northern shore.

Schofield Pass Road # 317 - The section of Schofield Pass north of Schofield Park is equally beautiful and treacherous. This road should only be attempted by experienced drivers in short wheel-based vehicles.

Slate River - This small river supports brook, brown and rainbow trout, but the fishing is rated as poor. Regardless, the surrounding terrain is beautifully rugged with many recreation opportunities.

Slate River Road #734 - This road follows Slate River and then continues to the White River National Forest.



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