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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Cebolla Ranger District

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Tomichi Pass Road

Beginning Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters) junction Highway 50 and Forest Road 888
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,380 Feet (1053.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,050 Feet (3444.5 Meters) junction with Forest Road 839
Length: 16 Miles (26.67 Kilometers) approximate length
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 130 Salida, St. Elmo, Shavano Peak
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 888
USGS Maps: Garfield
Vehicle Accessibility: High-clearance, 4WD Vehicle

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General Description

Tomichi Pass Road, Forest Road 888, begins a few miles north of Sargents. It branches from Highway 50 and leads north to Snowblind Campground. Two miles north of the campground is the small cluster of summer cabins known as Whitepine. Up to this site the road may be referred to as Whitepine Road, but regardless of the name it is still Forest Service Road 888.

The road follows Tomichi Creek and climbs steadily up the valley. Two and a quarter miles from Whitepine the road splits. Tomichi Pass Road follows the road to the left, Forest Road 888.1C leads to the right. Approximately one quarter mile passed this fork in the road lie the remains of the Tomichi townsite, the cemetery. The road becomes steeper and more narrow after this point. The road is tree lined for the next two miles as it begins to climb to Tomichi Pass. Approximately one half mile south of the pass the road emerges from the trees. At the pass summit there is a small area to pull off the road or turn around.

The northern side of Tomichi Pass is significantly steeper and more dangerous than the southern approach. Often talus rock slides into the road bed and may need to be cleared in order to pass safely. (This section of the road should not be attempted if any snow exists on the road.)

The first mile descending from Tomichi Pass is exposed and narrow. This is the most difficult section of the road. It ends after crossing Middle Quartz Creek. A quarter mile from the stream crossing Tomichi Pass Road intersects with Hancock Pass Road. Continuing westward, Tomichi Pass Road ends in one mile on the Alpine Tunnel Road, Forest Service Road 839.

Directions from Gunnison: Travel east on Highway 50 passed Sargents to Forest Road 888 (Whitepine Road and/or Tomichi Pass Road). Turn left and follow 888 ten and a half miles to the summit of Tomichi Pass.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Brad Blackburn (Sikeston, MO)
Time of Day: Noon or earlier.
Length of Time: I don't recall
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I went from St. Elmo up to Hayden Pass and then scooted over Tomichi. About a mile down the trail on the Southern side of Tomichi I turned around and headed back to do some other passes. This was accomplished on a Yamaha XT350 Dual Sport. I ran into a couple other motorcyclists from TX who gave me some tips on places they had been previously in the morning. The toughest part was the last mile or less up the side of a loose talus slope.
Conditions: This trail would be impassible for jeeps at the time due to rock slides making the trail very narrow on the last section before the summit.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Traveled during the first week of August from South to North in stock GMC Sierra with no problems. Do recommend stopping at summit long enough to make sure there is no uphill traffic on North side. No way to turn around or back up! Scenic view.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Tomichi Pass Road
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Tomichi Pass Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Canyon Creek Trail, Horseshoe Creek Trail
ICON ATV Riding Tomichi Pass Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Tomichi Pass Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Tomichi Pass Road

Related Activities
Alpine Tunnel Documentary Site - The Alpine Tunnel is a railroad engineering feat of the nineteenth century. It was the first railroad tunnel over the Continental Divide completed in 1881.

Hancock Pass Four-Wheel Drive Road - Hancock Pass Road, Forest Service Road 266/County Road 299, leads two and a half miles north from Tomichi Pass to Forest Road 298. This is the only drivable route over the Continental Divide in the area.

Snowblind Campground - Four-wheel driving, hiking and backpacking are popular activities for visitors to Snowblind Campground. The site lies west of the Continental Divide at the base of the Sawatch Mountain Range.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Taylor River/Cebolla Ranger Districts, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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