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Quick Facts

Boreas Pass

Beginning Elevation: 10,360 Feet (3229.4 Meters) northern winter trailhead
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet (311.7 Meters) to summit
Ending Elevation: 11,481 Feet (3578.9 Meters) summit Boreas Pass
Length: 21.5 Miles (34.6 Kilometers) from Como to Breckenridge
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 109 Breckenridge, Tennessee Pass
Recommended Season: Summer
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Como, Boreas Pass

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This improved dirt and gravel road is well maintained throughout the summer season. Tarryall Creek is the main drainage to the east of the pass. Visitors will see Mt. Silverheels to the south. The top of Boreas Pass follows the same path as the Continental Divide.

Individuals interested in railroading history should know that the road follows the route once taken by the narrow gauge Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad which ran until the early 1930's. At the top of Boreas Pass, the ruins of the town of Boreas Station stand, bearing testimony to the rich history of the area. Recently the Forest Service and several other partners have initiated a restoration project which includes Robert's Cabin near the site of the old town of Hamilton and the two-story section house at the top of Boreas. An auto tour brochure describing the history of the area is available at the South Park Ranger District Office in Fairplay. Boreas received its name in honor of the Greek God of the North Wind.

Directions from Fairplay: Travel north 9 miles on Highway 285 from Fairplay, turn left on County Road 50 and drive to the town of Como. Travel through the town of Como, following the signs to Boreas Pass. The Boreas Pass Road begins after crossing the cattle guard. Turn right on Forest Road 33 (Boreas Pass Road). Follow the road over Boreas Pass and down the west side (Forest Road 10) to Highway 9, which leads to the town of Breckenridge.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late May through September .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Stephanie Kennedy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The pass road between Como and Breckenridge is filled with site-seeing folks, a few hikers, and lots of people on mountain bikes. The real way to have fun off the beaten path is to take one of several turns off the main road. There are many turn offs that require a good 4x4 vehicle and the rewards are worth the steep bumpy climbs. We found excellent spots for camping and for a picnic lunch. I love to take photographs and the alpine meadows were exploding with colour due to the many flowers. One of the biggest rewards is finding the small pond near the old cabin. Very scenic with Silverheels gracing the sky in the distance.
Conditions: The trails designed more for real 4-wheeling can be very steep and rocky. Also, branches hang close to the trail and do a number on paint jobs. These aren't the most difficult in the state, but some knowledge/skill before taking the trails on will make for a more joyful adventure! Tread lightly!

Filed By: Lance (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: This is a nice easy drive suitable for most 2WD vehicles under good weather conditions. There were a few rough spots on the road, but other than that, it is a pretty easy drive. No challenge at all for anyone in a 4WD vehicle. Biggest drawback is due to the fact the road is easy....way too many people.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Easy drive for 2wd vehicles. The fall colors are spectacular, but that means crowds at this time of the year (mid Sept). Main road is graded and easy. There's an interesting side road on the west side of the pass that leads up to some abandoned mine structures; this requires 4wd-low range on steep and loose surfaces.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Aspens are great this time of the year (Early September) The traffic level was high.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A very easy tour, even for cars. In late October, the pass was snow-covered, yet readily passable in a Jeep Cherokee. Good introduction to discovering Colorado's many passes.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: 21.5 mi from Como to Breckenridge. Improved dirt and gravel rd. Near Fairplay.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Boreas Pass Road - Selkirk Campground
ICON Cross-country Skiing Boreas Pass Road
ICON Automobile Travel Boreas Pass Road
ICON History Boreas Pass Road - Boreas Station Townsite
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Boreas Pass
ICON Mountain Biking Boreas Pass Road
ICON Scenic Driving Boreas Pass Road
ICON Backcountry Skiing Boreas Pass Road
ICON Snowshoeing Boreas Pass Road
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Boreas Pass Road - Boreas Station Townsite

Related Activities
Gold Dust Trail - 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.

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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