Visitors traveling the entire Hagerman Pass Road from Turquoise Lake Road (Forest Road 105) to Fryingpan Lakes Road (State Highway 4) drive 22.5 miles. the western side of the pass, from Turquoise Lake Road to the summit of Hagerman Pass (Forest Road 104) is 7.3 miles. Hagerman Pass begins on the south side of Turquoise Lake about 4 miles west of the Sugar Loaf Dam. It continues on the western side of the pass past Ruedi Reservoir and onto State Highway 82 at Basalt.
Although not one of the more difficult passes in the area, four wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended. At the top of the pass, 12,075 feet, there are great views of the Turquoise Lake area to the east and the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness to the southwest. It's a good scenic drive for viewing wildflowers, pikas and marmots. Just east of the pass, look to the south over Hagerman Lake to see remnants of the Colorado Midland Railroad, which blazed through the wilderness to reach the silver mining town of Aspen in 1887.
Directions from Leadville: From Harrison Street turn on to West Sixth Street to County Road 4. Make a right on to County Road 4, at the "T", and drive to County Road 9 and the Sugarloaf Dam Site. From the Dam drive 4 miles to Hagerman Pass Road (Forest Road 105). Hagerman Pass Road will be on the left or south side of County Road 9.
July through October
(NOTE: Hagerman Pass Road is closed for natural resource protection from May 15 to June 30. Expect snow and mud in the Spring, Fall and Winter months.)