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Driving: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Park Ranger District

Quick Facts

Gold Dust Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,980 Feet (3111.0 Meters) southern access
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 9,950 Feet (3101.6 Meters)
Elevation Gain, One-way: 1,432 Feet (446.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,412 Feet (3557.4 Meters) Boreas Pass Road
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: 8 Miles (13.33 Kilometers) 13K
Other Maps: Pike National Forest, Trails Illustrated 109
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 653
USGS Maps: Como; Boreas Pass

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General Description

The Gold Dust Trail leads 8 miles from approximately 1.5 miles north of Como to within a mile of Boreas Pass. The trailhead is located in the middle of the trail on County Road 50, but the trail can be accessed from the north and south as well.

Beginning at the southern end of the trail the route is steep for the first mile. After reaching an elevation of 10,400' the trail continues to climb, but less steeply than before. The path then descends into South Tarryall Creek drainage. The trail crosses that creek then 2 others before reaching County Road 50 and Gold Dust Trailhead. From the trailhead the path ascends and crosses Tarryall Creek and a four-wheel drive road. After crossing the road the trail becomes Old Boreas Wagon Road and continues to ascend to Boreas Pass Road and an elevation of 11,412'.

Directions from Como: The Gold Dust Trail begins from the Tarryall Road (Forest Developed Road 405) in the town of Como. The trailhead is approximately 5.5 miles from Highway 285. There is a wide spot for parking in the road approximately .3 miles past the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Gold Dust Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Gold Dust Trail
ICON Animal Identification Gold Dust Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Gold Dust Trail
ICON Plant Identification Gold Dust Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Gold Dust Trail
ICON Bird Identification Gold Dust Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Gold Dust Trail
ICON Backcountry Skiing Gold Dust Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Gold Dust Trail

Related Activities
Boreas Pass - Boreas Pass Road consists of improved dirt and gravel, and follows the abandoned route of the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad.

Selkirk Campground - Selkirk Campground consists of 15 individual family units, each includes a table, fire grate and parking spur. The site is located along Boreas Pass Road, which provides access to scenic driving, hiking and biking.

More Information

Visitor Information:

South Park Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 219 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-2031


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