BUSHDUCKS COLORADO JEEP TRAILS
WHEN ARE THEY PASSABLE?
DATES FOR 2018

Updated: 08/17/2018

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The status of many popular high elevation 4x4 trails in Colorado is listed below and updated as the trails open or close. The list includes the main trails plus some 2wd access roads. The voluntary updates come from many sources, including the National Forest service, the BLM, and interested individuals. As the Colorado mountain weather can be highly unpredictable, please check with the relevant information body yourself for any recent changes. Conditions can change without notice. It is also subjective - a trail one person says is open, may be considered too dangerous to travel by another.

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Alpine Tunnel Alta Lakes Road Animas Forks Argentine Pass/Waldorf Mine
Aspen Ridge/Bassam Park Bald Mountain Ballard Road Bangs Canyon
Barbour Forks Billings Canyon Billings Lake Bill Moore Lake
Birdseye Gulch Black Bear Pass Blacktail Creek Bolam Pass
Boreas Pass Blowout Pass Breakneck and Browns Passes Bull Park
Bunce County Trail System Calamity Mesa California Gulch California Pass
Caribou Creek Cascade Creek Cement Creek Chalk Mountain
Chihuahua Gulch Chinaman Gulch China Wall Chinns Lakes
Cinnamon Pass Cinnamon Gulch Clear Lake Coney Flats
Coon Hollow Corkscrew Gulch Cottonwood Pass Crooked Creek
Cumberland Gulch Cumberland Pass Cunningham Gulch Dakan Road
Deer Creek Democrat Mountain Devil's Canyon Dolores Point
Eagle Rock Garibaldi Gulch Eldorado Mountain Elwood Pass
Engineer Pass Fourmile Area Geneva Creek Georgia Pass
Gold Hill/Switzerland Trail Goose Creek Road Gordon Gulch Governor Basin
Guanella Pass Gunsight Pass Granite Creek Canyon Green Ridge Road
Greer Road Grizzly Lake Hackett Gulch Hagerman Pass
Halfmoon Creek Hancock Pass Hayden Pass Heart Lake
Hermit Pass Hidden Valley Trail Holy Cross City Hurricane Pass
Imogene Pass Independence Pass Independence Trail Iron Chest
Italian Creek Road/Upper Reno Divide Jenny Creek Trail Jones Pass Kebler Pass
Kelly Flats Kendall Peak and Kendall Mountain Kennebec Pass Kingston Peak
Lamartine/Saxon Mountain LaSalle Pass Last Dollar Road Lead King Basin
Left Hand Canyon Lime Creek Trail Loch Lomond Longwater Gulch
Lost Canyon Maggie Gulch Mammoth Gulch Marshall Pass
McAllister Gulch Medano Pass Metberry Gulch Middle St. Vrain
Mill Creek/Red Elephant Miller Rock Miner's Creek Miner's Gulch
Mineral Creek Minnie Gulch Moody Hill Moon/Gamble Gulch
Mosquito Pass Mount Antero Mount Baldy/Captain Jacks Mount Blanca/Como Lakes
Mount Bross Mount McClellan Mount Zion Napoleon Pass
No Name Gulch North Fork Reservoir Road Ohio Pass Ophir Pass
Otto Mears Toll Road Owl Creek Pass Pace Lake Road Peak 9 Trail
Peak 10 Trail Pearl Pass Pennsylvania Gulch Peru Creek Road
Picayune/Placer Gulch Pickle Gulch Pinyon Mesa Pole Hill
Pomeroy Lake Porphyry Gulch Poughkeepsie Gulch Ptarmigan Pass
Radical Hill Rampart Range Red Cone Red Canyon OHV Park
Red & White Mountain Richmond Hill Road Rollins Pass Saints John
Santa Fe Peak Saran Wrap Schofield Pass Scotch Creek
Sheep Creek Sheephorn Mountain Sheridan Hill Shrine Pass
Sidney Basin Slate River Road/Paradise Divide Slaughterhouse Gulch Slide Lake
Spring Creek Spring Creek Pass Stony Pass Summitville Trail
Swan River Road - Middle Fork Swan River Road - North Fork & Wise Mountain Swan River Road - South Fork Tabeguache Trail
Taylor Mountain Taylor Pass Tincup Pass Tomichi Pass
Transfer Trail Treasure Mountain Loop Turner Gulch Twin Cone
Uncompahgre Divide Road Uncompahgre Plateau Area Uranium Road Wager Gulch
Warden Gulch Washington Gulch Road Wearyman Creek (FS747) Webster Pass/Handcart Gulch
Weston Pass Wheeler Geological Area Wheeler Lake Williams Pass
Wurts Ditch Road Yankee Boy Basin Yankee Hill  

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TRAIL NAME NATIONAL FOREST NAME/DISTRICT PHONE NUMBER STATUS DATE UPD.
Alpine Tunnel
Road 839
Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471 Closed 3/29/18
COMMENTS:
3/29/18 - Road 839 (Alpine Tunnel) closed.
Alta Lakes Road
FR623
Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 6/21/18
COMMENTS:
6/21/18 - trail is open all the way to the 1st lake.
Animas Forks Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/28/18
COMMENTS:
5/28/18 - Completely open, very drivable. No problems Animas Forks to Corkscrew to US 550.
5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Argentine Pass/Waldorf Mine
FR248
White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 7/4/18 Open
COMMENTS:
7/4/18 - Open and clear of snow all the way to the top.
5/25/18 - The trail is dry and clear until the mine. There is some water flowing across the road a few times and some puddles but for the majority it is dry. As soon as you reach the mine, the following trails up the rest of the way are blocked by substantial snow drifts. Some people have tried to go through them but have not made it very fall based on the tracks. Snow blocking trail after the mine.
5/19/18 - Open all the way to the mine. Not quite all the way up to the pass. Plowed through some snow but the tracks should be good for anyone to follow Open 95% of the way up. The last stretch to the pass summit still has too much snow on it...another few weeks.
5/6/18 - No, we turned around at about 10,800' due to snow - distance from trailhead ~3 miles. Up to that point trail was in good shape. The snow was soft with a layer of ice underneath so it was very easy to get stuck and lose traction.
Aspen Ridge (CR 175)/Bassam Park (CR 187) San Isabel 719-486-0749 Open 6/6/18
COMMENTS:
6/6/18 - Open with no sign of snow. Most of the way has been newly graded and water-bars are in good shape. Looks like an early spring as most of the wildflowers are past prime.
Bald Mountain Trail White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/16/18
COMMENTS:
6/16/18 - Open from trailhead to top gate. No snow on trail. Dry the entire way to top.
Ballard Road
FR129
Fort Collins Region      
COMMENTS:
Bangs Canyon BLM Grand Junction    
COMMENTS:
Barbour Forks White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
Open 7/8/18
COMMENTS:
7/8/18 - Trail is open all the way. Trail is dry. Some very deep ruts in the meadow and people are driving off trail to go around. Please do not do that.
Billings Canyon BLM Grand Junction Open 4/5/18
COMMENTS:
4/5/18 - Billings has been open for most of the winter.
Billings Lake
CR240
Chaffee County 719-539-6961 Open 6/6/18
COMMENTS:
6/6/18 - Open and clear to both lakes and the Pride of the West mine above Billings Lake. No snow on the motorized trails.
Bill Moore Lake
FR183.1
Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Partly Open 6/16/18
COMMENTS:
6/16/18 - We made it to the lake today. We had to go through a few snow piles as we neared the lake but we weren't the first through. The worst was at the bottom of the big downhill to the lake but it didn't seem to stop anyone. I imagine that it will be gone in a week or so. Otherwise, the trail is in regular condition. It appeared that several vehicles had driven off the road near the top. Please stay on the trail.
6/9/18 - Open to near the top about a mile from the lake heavy snow drifting.
3/18/18 - When we got to the chutes, there wasn't much snow at the bottom, but there was a thick layer of ice. When you get to the turn in the chute, that is where the snow was drifted pretty deep. The snow was a very soft, light, and icy snow that didn't compact at all. Once you broke the crust, you sunk to the bottom and then hit solid ice before the dirt so there was no traction. We had to winch the corner but were able to drive the rest of the way through the chute. Above the chute the trail is covered in nothing but deep snow. We only made it 1.6 miles from the parking area which isn't even to the split with Miller Creek. This was before the storm that rolled in, so it's going to be quite awhile before the trail is even doable beyond the Chutes.
Birdseye Gulch Pike/South Park
Leadville County
719-836-2031    
COMMENTS:
Black Bear Pass
FR648
Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-327-4835 Open 6/28/18
COMMENTS:
6/28/18 - Open per the forest service.
5/25/18 - Closed per the forest service.
Blacktail Creek Routt    
COMMENTS:
Blowout Pass Rio Grande/Divide      
COMMENTS:
Bolam Pass
FR578
Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Closed 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Closed per the forest service.
Boreas Pass
CR 10/CR 3
White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 5/27/18
COMMENTS:
5/27/18 - Gates are open both sides, dry and dusty all the way over to Como From Breckenridge. Dry and Dusty road, snow drifts cut back off road and melting fast.
Breakneck and Browns Passes
FR175/176)
Pike/Fairplay 719-836-2031 Closed 3/22/18
COMMENTS:
3/22/18 - Seasonally Closed until 6/15
Bull Park
FR376
Pike 719-836-2031 Closed 3/22/18 - Seasonal Closure until 6/15.
COMMENTS:
Bunce School Trail System
FR115
Boulder 303�541-2500 Open 6/9/18
COMMENTS:
6/9/18 - The trail is open all the way. The trail is dusty and busy.
6/5/18 - The forest service state this is only open at one end.
6/2/18 - Open and clear and busy.
Calamity Mesa BLM Grand Junction 303-239-3600 Open 3/31/18
COMMENTS:
3/31/18 - The trail is open and passable. The last steep climb on the 6.3 Road still has snow and ice to work your way through. Be careful.
California Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/28/18
COMMENTS:
5/28/18 - Completely open, very drivable.
California Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/28/18
COMMENTS:
5/28/18 - Completely open, very drivable.
5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Caribou Creek
FR505.1
Boulder 303-541-2500 Open 7/1/18
COMMENTS:
7/1/18 - NORAC opened up the trail to the public for the season.
3/22/18 - Seasonally Closed.
Carnage Canyon
(Buena Vista)
San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591    
COMMENTS:
Cascade Creek Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 5/22/18
COMMENTS:
5/22/18 - Drove Cascade Creek down from Saxon Mountain, trail is open all the way with only a few patches of snow. The snow is in small patches (4-5' across) and only a few inches thick. There is a small drainage that ponds across the road about a mile from the bottom of the trail, it was approximately 9 inches deep.
Cement Creek Road Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471    
COMMENTS:
Chalk Mountain White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715 Open 6/30/18
COMMENTS:
6/30/18 - Did not compete the entire trail, I just went to the overlook. However, the conditions are very dry.
Chihuahua Gulch
FR263
White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/9/18
COMMENTS:
6/9/18 - Dry except for creek crossing. Trail is in great condition
Chinaman Gulch
BLM 6044
San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 5/6/18
COMMENTS:
5/6/18 - Open all the way. Winner of the 2017 BFG Tires Outstanding Trail. New winch anchors installed at Waterfall and The Chutes. The porta potty is in place for the year.
China Wall
FR204,212
Pike/Fairplay 719-836-2031 Closed 3/22/18
COMMENTS:
3/22/18 - Seasonally Closed until 6/15.
Chinns Lake
FR174.1D
Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Partially Open 5/28/18
COMMENTS:
5/28/18 - Not open all the way. Passable until about 1/4 mile or less from Lower Chinns. Mainly dirt until the last climb up to Chinns. Drifted in the shade and trees. Was able to make it up nearly all the way to the lake but was stopped by a long drift about 3 or 4 ft deep on the uphill side, covering 90% of the trail. Downhill side of the trail is dirt. Passable if you shovel the drift, but not sure how long it is. Winching most likely necessary to make it to the lake.
Cinnamon Gulch
FR262
White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/30/18
COMMENTS:
6/30/18 - Open. Dry and dusty.
Cinammon Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
Open 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Clear Lake Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300    
COMMENTS:
Coney Flats
FR507.1
Boulder 303-541-2500 Open 7/1/18
COMMENTS:
6/24/18 - The Middle St. Vrain and Coney Flats network was opened on June 24. Trailridge Runners 4WD Club seasonal opening with the Forest Service saw only a few downed trees. All the obstacles are still intact. Main work this year was to block off the shallow lake at Coney Flats and repair 2/3 of the foot bridge that crosses Coney Creek up top.
7/1/18 - These trails are finally open all the way through. I started and Camp Dick and left at through Beaver reservoir. Very low water levels along the entire trail. The Reservoir was down by 10' or better.
6/16/18 - The trail is still closed by the forest service. A ranger said it may be open by late June or early July. There is no snow in the area but they said they have a lot of downed trees to clear.
Coon Hollow BLM Grand Junction 303-239-3600 Open 5/6/18
COMMENTS:
5/6/18 - Coon Hollow is open. The spring was hard on the trail in places. Deep wash crossings are deeper and with one bank cut vertically for difficult entry or exit. The overall trail difficulty is a bit increased. Still a moderately difficult trail with some severe off-camber and steep climbs on loose, rocky ground. Great scenery and a fun trail. Some brush will leave stripes.
Corkscrew Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
Open 5/28/18
COMMENTS:
5/28/18 - Completely open and very drivable. No problems Animas Forks to Corkscrew to US 550.
Cottonwood Pass
FR209/FR306
San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591
Closed 3/29/18
COMMENTS:
3/29/18 - Pass will be closed summer of 2018 due to construction. Closure planned to be at Avalanche Trail head on the east side. More info
Crooked Creek
FR194,669
Pike/South Park 719-836-2031    
COMMENTS:
Cumberland Gulch
FR271.1D
Clear Creek 303-567-3000    
COMMENTS:
Cumberland Pass Gunnison NF/Gunnison District 970-641-0471
Open 6/23/18
COMMENTS:
6/23/18 - Open and dry.
Cunningham Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 04/22/2018
COMMENTS:
04/22/2018 - Open per the forest service.
Dakan Road
CR44
Pike/Fairplay 719-836-2031 Open 4/23/18
COMMENTS:
4/23/18 - Fully open and freshly graded. Rock obstacle near the junction with Jackson Creek has a smooth dirt ramp ove the portion of the rock crossing the main trail making the rock obstacle completely optional.
Deer Creek White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/29/18
COMMENTS:
6/29/18 - Open all the way. Dry. I've never seen this trail so dry this early in the year
Democrat Mountain Arapaho/Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 6/16/18
COMMENTS:
6/16/18 - Trail is open and dry to the top. No snow patches left. Summer conditions.
5/27/18 - Open all the way to the top. There's some small snow patches but no longer than a car length and shouldn't provide any troubles.
5/6/18 - Not open all the way, snowed in at about 9600ft - about 1 mile up the trail. Didn't hike above there to see status higher up. Snow was about 3' deep where I turned around.
Devil's Canyon White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
Open 6/3/18
COMMENTS:
6/3/18 - Trail is open all the way. 100% dry.
Dolores Point BLM Grand Junction    
COMMENTS:
Eagle Rock Teller County Near Colorado Springs    
COMMENTS:
Eldorado Mountain Boulder 303�541-2500    
COMMENTS:
Elwood Pass Rio Grande/Conejos
San Juan/Pagosa
719-274-8971
970-264-2268
Open 8/6/18
COMMENTS:
8/6/18 - Trail is open all the way. Spring is still deteriorating the trail just past the first creek crossing. No lockers needed but good wheel placement is needed. Trail has become very rocky due to recent rains. Not much mud on the trail.
Engineer Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
Open 5/2/18
COMMENTS:
6/2/18 - Open all the way from Ouray to Lake City.
5/12/18 - Open From the ouray side. We blasted through the snow to open the trail. Beware that there is still lots of snow and you need to be well equipped. However we made it to the summit. Lake side has been plowed and good to go Snow starting just past the poughkeepsie gulch turn off all the way to the animas/engineer split where the rest of the trail is plowed
Fourmile Travel Area San Isabel/Salida 719-486-0749
719-539-3591
Open 4/28/18
COMMENTS:
4/28/18 - Regarding the north of 285 side of Fourmile, more gates are opened. The areas southeast and east of Buffalo Peaks remain closed. Open trails are dry and easy.
3/17/18 - Some sections open all year. Gates will open for the seasonal sections around mid April.
Garibaldi Gulch White River/Dillon 970-468-5400    
COMMENTS:
Geneva Creek White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
Open 6/22/18
COMMENTS:
6/22/18 - Trail is open and dry, except for the usual water crossings, all the way to Geneva City.
Georgia Pass White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 7/16/18
COMMENTS:
7/16/18 - The Glacier Peak alternative trail that joins up with The Middle Fork of Swan River was open all the way. The "Narrow, Tippy Shelf Road" has had been leveled quite flat. Hill Number 10 or SOB Hill was a straightforward downhill requiring good tire placement and without issues. Climbing this hill would require lockers both ends and if wet strong possibility of breakage.
6/19/18 - Georgia pass is open all the way to the summit. There is no snow coming from the southside, but we did see some coming down the south fork of Swan River.
3/18/18 - Snow line comes down to 9500 feet and the snow quickly gets deep. Only passed the Michigan Creek {gate closed} spur about a mile before it was too deep to continue. Snow looks flat and shallow but in reality it is 2 feet deep, very powdery and quicksand like. It was a fun day winching for hours but don't plan on going very far up the trail. Typically we make it to the last switchback before the top, yesterday's trek traveled a mile in 3 hour of winching past the Michigan Creek spur. Travel with half your rigs equipped with winches or be stuck for awhile. Good luck and have fun.
Gold Hill/Switzerland Trail Boulder 303-541-2500 Open 01/27/18
COMMENTS:
01/27/18 - Open all the way. Some heavy snow areas, but otherwise very good
Goose Creek Road
CR44
Pike/Fairplay 719-836-2031    
COMMENTS:
Gordon Gulch Roosevelt National Forest 970-498-1100    
COMMENTS:
Governor Basin Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300
970
Partially Open 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Closed at the creek at the bottom (the one past the bridge.
Granite Creek Canyon BLM   Open 5/5/18
COMMENTS:
5/5/18 - The trail is open and passable.
Green Ridge Road Roosevelt National Forest 970-498-1100    
COMMENTS:
Greer Road Roosevelt National Forest 970-498-1100    
COMMENTS:
Grizzly Lake San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591
Open 6/5/18
COMMENTS:
6/5/18 - Trail is open.
5/18/18 - Open - CORE spent all day on Saturday working on the trail installing 2 new winch anchors at the guardian wall obstacle, and erecting a barrier fence to prevent further resource damage. Please utilize the winch anchors and do not attempt to winch to any of the surrounding trees. The trail is clear all the way to the lake. Photo of the lake here.
Guanella Pass
CR62
White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
   
COMMENTS:
Gunsight Pass White River/Sopris District 970-963-2266    
COMMENTS:
Hackett Gulch
FR220
Pike National Forest Near Colorado Springs Open 3/25/18
COMMENTS:
3/25/18 - The trail is open all the way to the new end point where it dead ends at the South Platte River. The rest of the trail is and has been closed since the Hayman Fire. DO NOT CROSS THE RIVER. Predator 4x4 has adopted this trail and is working with local authorities to get the trail re-opened. Violating the closure and going past the river jeopardizes those efforts.
Hagerman Pass
FR105
San Isabel/Leadville
White River/Sopris
719-486-0749
970-963-2266
Open 6/4/18
COMMENTS:
6/4/18 - BDR friend Gilles Champagne reports that the Hagerman Pass on the COBDR is now open.
Halfmoon Creek
FR110
San Isabel/Leadville 719-486-0749 Partially Open 6/16/18
COMMENTS:
6/10/18 - No - estimated we got 3/4 of the way up spur road 110J. We made it 3/4 of the way up to the end of the trail. Snow bashed through a couple of the drifts but the next one would have taken too long.
5/26/18 - Trail is open all the way to the Champion Mill Gate... There is a sign at the gate stating no motor vehicles allowed beyond that point... also confirmed that with the MVUM Trail was in good condition... water levels were lower than normal for this time of year... probably 2-3' river
Hancock Pass
FR295,299
San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 6/23/18
COMMENTS:
6/23/18 - Trail fully open.
5/18/18 - St Elmo to the Hancock townsite is open and clear. Normally it is still blocked somewhere around Romley or the Allie Belle ore tipple until after Memorial Day. Didn't have 4x4 to try Hancock Pass this trip.
Hayden Pass
FR970
Rio Grande/Saguache
San Isabel/Salida
719-655-2547
719-539-3591
Open 6/5/18
COMMENTS:
6/5/18 - Trail is now open.
3/29/18 - Seasonal gate open May 16th on Saguache Ranger District (west) side.
Heart Lake Rio Grande
Divide
719-655-2547    
COMMENTS:
Hermit Pass Rio Grande/Saguache
San Isabel/San Carlos
719-655-2547
719-269-8500
Partially Open 6/10/18
COMMENTS:
6/10/18 - Trail is open and dry to within 100 yards of the top of the pass. The snowdrift that is blocking it should be melted out within 3 weeks.
Hidden Valley Trail Pike/South Platte 303-275-5610    
COMMENTS:
Holy Cross City San Isabel/Holy Cross 970-827-5715 Open 6/23/18
COMMENTS:
6/23/18 - Trail is snow free all the way to Cleveland Rock. French Creek is at mid-summer level. Not much snow last winter.
Hurricane Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/28/18
COMMENTS:
5/28/18 - Completely open and very driveable. 5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Imogene Pass
FR869
Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-327-4835 Partially Open 6/3/18
COMMENTS:
6/3/8 - From Telluride, it is open clear up to the town of Tomboy. Rocky and rough but not to an unusual extent. Passable for most 4x4s
5/25/18 - Closed
Independence Pass
CO82
Lake/Pitkin Counties   Open 05/25/18
COMMENTS:
05/25/18 - Open.
05/17/18 - Still closed.
THIS IS THE PAVED HIGHWAY. We include it as it's a useful access road that is affected by seasonal closures.
Independence Trail Canyon City      
COMMENTS:
Iron Chest San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591
Open 6/8/18
COMMENTS:
6/8/18 - Trail is open to the top. Trail is in great shape. Very chunky rock/small boulders for first 3/4-1 mile. Only a couple small drifts/patches of snow on one side of the trail at tree line. This snow does not impede any travel.
5/18/18 - Partially Open - Trail is dry and clear for 1.8 miles until you hit large, off-camber snow drifts covering the majority of the road at the avalanche chute. Beyond this, the road appeared dry again. If a group of folks with shovels go up, they could probably make quick work of the drifts, otherwise I don't think it will melt out for a few weeks. Photos of the trail here and here..
Italian Creek Road/Upper Reno Divide Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471 Open 7/13/18
COMMENTS:
7/13/18 Upper Reno Divide is iffy. One short section with very big rocks. Hard core Jeeps only.
7/3/18 - Trail open all the way. Trail has changed a lot since Colorado backcounty roads by Wells (3ed) was printed. Be prepared for some tricky rock gardens and difficult passes. Best for hard core crowd and/or ATV/RZR. Have FUN!
6/3/18 - Snow blocking the path just after the two old cabins about a mile from the top on the Taylor park side
Jenny Creek Trail Clear Creek 303-567-3000    
COMMENTS:
Jones Pass Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 8/15/18
COMMENTS:
8/15/18 - Open all the way.
8/4/18 - Still blocked by 1 snow bank near the top. Had to back up down a steep, 1 lane shelf road a couple hundred yards to turn around. Rather scary! A dirtbike and some ATVs also turned around. Thought it would surely be open by now!
6/14/18 - Traveling from the east, trail blocked with snow at 12.150 ft. elevation, about half mile below summit.
Kebler Pass
CR12
Paonia; 970-527-4131 Partially open 5/5/18
COMMENTS:
5/5/18 - Plowed from Crested Butte to a little past Kebler Pass. Clear road to the Lake Irwin Y-Intersection. Few inches of ice/snow over pavement with ruts to the pass and just beyond.
Kelly Flats Canyon Lakes 970-295-6700 Open 5/31/18
COMMENTS:
5/31/18 - : Open all the way from Heart Attack Hill through Pingree Hill (Hwy 14 all the way to Boy Scout Road - 69/Manhattan Rd.). Very dry. Some loose soft dirt on Heart Attack Hill so best to not stop given the steep incline. No new or unusual obstacles.
Kendall Peak and Kendall Mountain Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300    
COMMENTS:
Kennebec Pass San Juan Public Lands 970-247-4874 Open 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Kingston Peak
FR353
Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Oem 7/7/18
COMMENTS:
7/7/18 - Kingston Peak Trail was opened by NORAC and the U.S. Forest Service. Colorado 4X4 Rescue and Recovery successfully recovered the Jeep that was stranded on the trail from last winter, blocking the trail. Trail is 100% clear from the Alice side to Mammoth Gulch.
3/22/18 - Seasonally Closed.
Lamartine/Saxon Mountain Clear Creek 303-567-3000    
COMMENTS:
LaSalle Pass
CR44
Pike/Fairplay 719-836-2031    
COMMENTS:
Last Dollar Road
FR638
Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-327-4835 Open 6/16/18
COMMENTS:
6/16/18 - Trail is open with no problems when dry. Conditions are very dry compared to normal years and flower bloom is early and not as plentiful or as vibrant as most years.
5/30/18 - Fully open, recently cleared of tree fall.
Lead King Basin White River/Sopris District 970-963-2266 Open 6/10/18
COMMENTS:
6/10/18 - Trail is completely open and dry. Several very small creek crossings along the upper route. Easily navigated.
Left Hand Canyon Boulder 303-541-2500 Closed 3/22/18
COMMENTS:
3/22/18 - Closed.
Lime Creek Trail Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300    
COMMENTS:
Loch Lomond Clear Creek 303-567-3000    
COMMENTS:
Longwater Gulch
FR221
Pike National Forest      
COMMENTS:
Lost Canyon
Leadville
Sopris
970-963-2266 Partially Open 5/27/18
COMMENTS:
5/27/18 - Not open all the way. large snowfield covering trail at/above timberline. melting fast.
Maggie Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Mammoth Gulch Boulder 303-65533;541-2500    
COMMENTS:
Marshall Pass
CR200
San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591
Open 6/7/18
COMMENTS:
6/7/18 - Open.
McAllister Gulch White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715 Open 6/29/18
COMMENTS:
6/29/18 - Open all the way. Traveled from Shrine Pass from Red Cliff. One mile of fun/ Water, boulder strewn trail (wearyman creek) with one rough spot towards the end. Two stock JKs made it in front of us with some rock stacking and good tire placement.
Medano Pass Rio Grande/Saguache
San Isabel/San Carlos
National Parks
719-655-2547
719-269-8500
719-378-6399
Open 5/6/18
COMMENTS:
5/6/18 - Drove west to est starting at the Sand Dunes. Good road conditions with only a little mud. I had no problems int eh sand with my 35s aired down to 15psi. Creek crossings were all low due to extremely low snow pack. The furthest east was the deepest, maybe hub depth.
Metberry Gulch Teller County   Open 3/25/18
COMMENTS:
3/25/18 - Trail is open all the way end where it dead ends at the South Platte River. Minimal snow and no downed trees.
Middle St. Vrain
FR114
Boulder 303-541-2500 Open 6/24/18
COMMENTS:
6/24/18 - The Middle St. Vrain and Coney Flats network was opened on June 24. Trailridge Runners 4WD Club seasonal opening with the Forest Service saw only a few downed trees. All the obstacles are still intact. Main work this year was to block off the shallow lake at Coney Flats and repair 2/3 of the foot bridge that crosses Coney Creek up top.
6/16/18 - The trail is still closed by the forest service. A ranger said it may be open by late June or early July. There is no snow in the area but they said they have a lot of downed trees to clear.
Mill Creek/Red Elephant Trail Arapaho/Clear Creek 303-567-3000    
COMMENTS:
Miller Rock Boulder 303-541-2500 Open 6/10/18
COMMENTS:
6/10/18 - The road on the south side of the South St. Vrain river is now open. Trailridge Runners 4WD Club project this year repaired the obstacle on the south side of the river to allow access to the MVUM roads on the south side of the South St. Vrain river. There is no connection to Overland drive from the south side, you will have to return the way you came.
3/24/18 - Trail is fully open and passable to vehicles built for off road use. High clearance and good off road tires should be fine to get you everywhere up there for the remainder of the snow season. One tree down and blocking the trail between Miller rock and glacier view ranch. A chain saw is needed to remove it. Even with the downed tree, 95% of the area is still accessible.
Miner's Creek White River/Dillon 970-468-5400    
COMMENTS:
Miner's Gulch Clear Creek 303-567-3000    
COMMENTS:
Mineral Creek Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 7/16/18
COMMENTS:
7/16/18 - Open per the forest service.
Minnie Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Moody Hill Canyon Lakes 970-295-6700    
COMMENTS:
Moon/Gamble Gulch Boulder 303-541-2500 Open 6/24/18
COMMENTS:
6/24/18 - Moon Gulch is open and can be run in a loop from highway 119 on the north end down and back to Gamble Gulch via 412.1 at Flowing Wells if you head south towards Pickle Gulch (717.1) or 411.1. If planning to go to the shaft house, be advised FR 417.1 is blocked by a large fallen tree right after the old shaft house. Do not try to bypass this illegally as others have done. You cannot return to Gamble Gulch via this route. You must head back to 412.1 and head south towards Pickle Gulch (717.1) or 411.1.
6/4/18 - Open and clear the whole way. No snow.
Mosquito Pass Pike/South Park
Leadville County
719-836-2031 Open 7/1/18
COMMENTS:
7/1/18 - Open all the way over both sides.
6/29/18 - The drift on the ALMA side has been shoveled out. We made it on Motorcycles, passed a UTV and followed a Tacoma that both made it through as well.
6/23/18 - There are a few snow drifts on the east side of the pass. Furthest east snowbanks are located just west of the key notch above the upper London Mine. Motorcycles can hike a bike through the drift but it will be a minute for vehicles to start attempting it.
Mount Antero
FR277/278
San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591
Open 6/24/18
COMMENTS:
6/24/18 - Open, no worries.
6/7/18 - Open to the end of the lower switchbacks.
Mount Baldy/Captain Jacks Pike National Forest/ El Paso County 719-836-2031    
COMMENTS:
Mount Blanca/Como Lakes Rio Grande/Saguache 719-655-2547    
COMMENTS:
Mount Bross Pike/South Park 719-836-2031    
COMMENTS:
Mount McClellan Arapaho/Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 7/12/18
COMMENTS:
7/12/18 - Santiago Mine and Ghost Town off shoot - Trail is open but the mine is still closed for restoration work despite the sign saying it is completed.
7/4/18 - Open and clear of snow all the way to the top.
Mount Zion .
San Isabel/Leadville
719-486-0749    
COMMENTS:
Napoleon Pass Gunnison 970-641-0471 Open 6/24/18
COMMENTS:
6/24/18 - Trail is open all the way. Water crossings on North side still a little deep. Near top on North side a snow drift still blocks route to top in gulley but if you take the route on side of hill then its dry.
No Name Gulch White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715 Open 7/12/18
COMMENTS:
7/12/18 - Open with no issues.
North Fork Reservoir Road San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 6/5/18
COMMENTS:
6/5/18 - Road is open. Be cautious of hazard trees in campground area. Campground will not officially open until hazard trees are removed.
Ohio Pass Gunnison 970-641-0471    
COMMENTS:
Ophir Pass
FR630
Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-327-4835 Open 7/16/18
COMMENTS:
7/16/18 - Open all the way.
5/25/18 - Open to the top on the east side.
Otto Mears Toll Road San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591
   
COMMENTS:
Owl Creek Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
Open 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Pace Lake Road BLM Grand Junction 303-239-3600    
COMMENTS:
Peak 9 Trail
FR248
White River/Dillon 970-468-5400    
COMMENTS:
Peak 10 Trail White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Partially Open 06/16/18
COMMENTS:
6/16/18 - Open about half the way to about the 4 mile mark then there is about a 50ft stretch of snow 5ft deep not passable but clear after that we walked over it.
Pearl Pass Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471 Open 7/13/18
COMMENTS:
7/13/18 - Open all the way, both ways. All good, no snow.
7/2/18 - Snow blockage on north side of pass according to Gunnison National Forest Service. Didn't make it to snow block, but I will bet snow will melt in next 2-3 weeks. Call in advance or check back to this site for further updated.
7/1/18 - Pearl Pass is now open. A short stretch of snow remains on the road in the upper boulder field, but should be free of snow in two more weeks.
7/1/18 - Trail is open from the Crested Butte side towards Aspen as it is easier to cross the snow field on Aspen side going down hill. It will be a few weeks more before the snow field is passible going up hill on the Aspen side. The snow field is about 100 feet long and approximately 2 to 3 feet deep or more. Very soft snow during the mid day. Easy to get stuck.
6/23/18 - Closed it is snow blocked 15.3 miles up the trail from Crested Butte. Another Jeep used a drone to fly over it and there are two drifts blocking the trail.
3/18/18 - It's still winter here, but looking forward to another spring and summer season digging to the summit from the Aspen side.
Pennsylvania Gulch Roosevelt National Forest 970-498-1100    
COMMENTS:
Peru Creek Road White River/Dillon 970-468-5400    
COMMENTS:
Picayune/Placer Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Pickle Gulch Arapaho/Clear Creek Open 6/4/18
COMMENTS:
6/4/18 - Open and clear the whole way. No snow. A bit of water running down the trail in the lower section, but the big mud hole near the bottom was dry when traveled.
4/28/18 - Not fully open. Deep drifts about .5 miles past the cabin. Deep snow.
Pinyon Mesa        
COMMENTS:
Pole Hill Canyon Lakes 970-498-2770    
COMMENTS:
Pomeroy Lake
FR297
San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591 Open 6/5/18
COMMENTS:
6/5/18 - Trail is now open.
Porphyry Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300    
COMMENTS:
Poughkeepsie Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 7/19/18
COMMENTS:
7/19/18 - Open all the way. Dry and easy today. The bypass is also fine.
7/19/18 - Open per the forest service.
5/25/18 - Closed per forest service.
5/12/18 - Trail is socked with snow just past the 1st water crossing.
Ptarmigan Pass White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715    
COMMENTS:
Radical Hill White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
Open 7/16/18
COMMENTS:
7/16/18 - Snow is gone and it's open.
6/16/18 - Partially open. Coming up from Webster Pass, a large snow field covers the road at 4 miles, slightly before the old cabin. Trail is very wet and very muddy. Photo here.
3/22/18 - Seasonally Closed.
Rampart Range
FR300
Pike/South Platte 303-275-5610 Closed 3/30/18
COMMENTS:
3/30/18 - Seasonally closed.
Red Cone White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
Open 6/16/18
COMMENTS:
6/16/18 - Thanks to Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Red Cone is now open for the season. Trail is in good shape, really dry, no snow. Please note, you must exit Webster Pass via Montezuma as the snow cornice on the south side of Webster Pass is not melted out yet.
3/22/18 - Seasonally Closed. Anticipated opening 7/4
Red Canyon Park Canyon City    
COMMENTS:
Richmond Hill Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471    
COMMENTS:
Rollins Pass - East Side Roosevelt/Boulder 303-541-2500 Partially Open 6/16/18
COMMENTS:
6/18/18 - Open and clear up until Yankee Doodle Lake. Large snow drift blocking the road after the lake.
Rollins Pass - West Side Arapaho/Sulphur 970-887-4100    
COMMENTS:
Red and White Mountain
FR734
White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715    
COMMENTS:
Saints John White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/29/18
COMMENTS:
6/29/18 - : Open all the way. Dry and in great shop
Santa Fe Peak White River/Dillon 970-468-5400    
COMMENTS:
Saran Wrap Pike National Forest Near Colorado Springs    
COMMENTS:
Schofield Pass White River/Sophris District 970-963-2266 Open 7/15/18
COMMENTS:
7/15/18 - Open all the way from marble to Crested Butte. One spot above the Punchbowl required driving over a big rock , no sweat for a stock Wrangler, not for SUVs.
7/3/17 - Open Via Paradise Basin (734). Snow Blocks pass via Gothic (317) road. According to Forest Service Devils punchbowl has a large rock that needs to be removed, allowing motorcycles only currently. Have FUN!
7/3/18 - Was able to cross easily over the snow drift between Gothic and Schofield. It was well compacted and hard. I would be a problem if it softens up. the road was labeled as closed when we got down near Gothic, but there were no signs coming down the pass from Paradise. it is closed to passenger cars, but most trucks with good tires could cross the drift today. If you are traveling up from Gothic, there may be a sign saying the road is closed, but the snow drift can ba driven over in a jeep. We drove a 2016 Rubicon with 36 inch tires.
6/15/18 - Trail is not open. Rock fall on Schofield between Crystal and Gothic. Snow still over road between Paradise Divide and Gothic. Last week a motorcycle user reported a large rock fall on the worst part of the shelf road. Based on the picture not sure how long it will take to clear once snow is gone. From the Paradise divide trail there is still a snow drift preventing connecting with Schofield. A cherokee tried to skirt around it and the side gave out so they had to get towed back up. We had heavy rain on 6/17 but it still probably needs another week or so to get to Schofield/Gothic from Paradise side. However Paradise is open all the way to the top.
4/30/18 - Mountain biked from Marble to the Crystal Mill. Clear all the way save for a 100 yard snow drift half a mile from the Mill that is covering the road, but well compacted and passable. Vehicles have made it through. Not sure how much farther it is open.
Scotch Creek Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Sevenmile San Isabel/Salida 719-539-3591    
COMMENTS:
Sheep Creek BLM Mesa County   Open 5/5/18
COMMENTS:
5/5/18 - Sheep Creek is open and passable.
Sheridan Hill Clear Creek 303-567-3000    
COMMENTS:
Sheephorn Mountain White River 970-468-5400    
COMMENTS:
Shrine Pass White River/Holy Cross
White River/Dillon
970-827-5715
970-468-5400
   
COMMENTS:
Sidney Basin Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300
970
   
COMMENTS:
Slate River Road/Paradise Divide
FR317, FR734
Gunnison 970-641-0471    
COMMENTS:
Slaughterhouse Gulch Pike/South Platte 303-275-5610 3/25/18 Closed
COMMENTS:
3/25/18 - Updated opening date. The FS just issued a mud closure for Slaughterhouse that will keep it closed from April 1 - May 31, 2018. See the link provided as there are a number of trails that will be closed till June 1. 2/21/18 - Closed Jan 1 2018. Will open April 1 2018.
Slide Lake White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715 Open 7/12/18
COMMENTS:
7/12/18 - Open with no issues. Lots of hikers.
Spring Creek Arapaho/Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 6/9/18
COMMENTS:
6/9/18 - Open all the way no snow. Rock field is pretty rough but very passable
Stony Pass Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/24/18
COMMENTS:
5/24/18 - Open all the way. Pole creek ok for 3" lifted Tacoma. That can change. Pretty dry most of the way.
Summitville Trail
FR250, FR330, FR380
Rio Grande/Conejos 719-274-8971    
COMMENTS:
Swan River Road - Middle Fork White River/Dillon 970-468-5400    
COMMENTS:
Swan River Road - North Fork & Wise Mountain
FR354
White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/22/18
COMMENTS:
6/22/18 - Forest Service opened the North Fork gate on 6/21/18, rode up to Wise Mountain cabin on 6/22 with no snow or unusual issues. Conditions were similar to last year. SPECIAL NOTE: Wise Mountain cabin flooring has caved in, maybe a sink hole or former hole that was covered up by the flooring, there are danger signs and tape!!
Swan River Road - South Fork White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/19/18
COMMENTS:
6/19/18 - Georgia pass is open all the way to the summit. There is no snow coming from the southside, but we did see some coming down the south fork of Swan River.
Tabeguache Trail BLM Grand Junction Open 3/6/18
COMMENTS:
3/6/18 - The trail is open. The trail is open but snow on the higher elevations and wet conditions on the mid elevations make the trail treacherous. The gate at Hwy 141 is still locked, so you must return the way you came from.
Taylor Mountain
CR228/FR330
Chaffee County 719-539-6961 Open 6/15/18
COMMENTS:
6/15/18 - Trail is open all the way and in good shape. Very dusty through the first part of the trail.
Taylor Pass Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471 Open 7/19/18
COMMENTS:
7/19/18 - This needs to be added as a sticky to Taylor Pass going forward to Future years. You can no longer ride over Taylor Pass to Richmond Hill or Aspen. Once you reach the pass there are signs saying licensed vehicles only to proceed. This is new for 2018 and is very disappointing.
6/22/18 - Fully open no snow. Rough as ever.
Tincup Pass
FR267
San Isabel/Salida
Gunnison/Gunnison
719-539-3591
970-641-0471
Open 6/24/18
COMMENTS:
6/24/18 - Open. The Taylor side at the top is pretty rough.
6/22/18 - Trail fully open and dry.
6/6/18 - It is open on the St Elmo side until the very top. The trail is good condition. The snow drift at the top is only about 20 feet long and 3 to 4 feet deep. Single track bikes have made a path through.
6/5/18 - Trail is still snowblocked on the top. Will probably melt out by mid June.
6/3/18 - Trail is open but there is one large snowdrift about 100 yards from the top that is still impassable. We parked at the last switchback from the top as there are no spots to turn around before the drift. Could probably be dug out if someone spent an afternoon with some shovels.
Tomichi Pass Gunnison/Gunnison 970-641-0471 Closed 8/11/18
COMMENTS:
8/11/18 - Tomichi Pass is closed indefinitely. Rock slide on the eastern half (the dangerous section) and US Forest Service isn't sure what they are going to do yet.
6/20/18 - Tomichi Pass is closed indefinitely. There is a large rock slide starting up the East side. The USFS has posted a "No Motor Vehicle" sign where the trail joins the Hancock Pass trail. It is not know where the trail is closed when traveling West to East. It appears that repairing the trail would be extremely difficult and costly so this closure may be permanent. (Hopefully not!)
Transfer Trail
FR602
White River 970-468-5400    
COMMENTS:
Treasure Mountain Loop Uncompahgre/Ouray 970-240-5300 Open 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Open per the forest service.
Turner Gulch Pike/Fairplay 719-836-2031    
COMMENTS:
Twin Cone Pike, South Platte 719-836-2031 Open? 5/17/18
COMMENTS:
5/17/18 - The seasonal Gate at the highway has been opened. No idea on the trail conditions.
3/22/18 - Seasonally Closed.
Uncompahgre Divide Road
FS402
Grand Valley 970-242-8211    
COMMENTS:
Uncompahgre Plateau Area Grand Valley 970-242-8211    
COMMENTS:
Uranium Road
FS404
Grand Valley 970-242-8211    
COMMENTS:
Wager Gulch Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
   
COMMENTS:
Warden Gulch White River/Dillon 970-468-5400 Open 6/30/18
COMMENTS:
6/30/18 - Open. Very dry and dusty.
Washington Gulch Road White River/Sophris District 970-963-2266 Open 7/3/18
COMMENTS:
7/3/17 - Open. Enjoy the flowers.
Wearyman Creek (FS747) White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715    
COMMENTS:
Webster Pass/Handcart Gulch White River/Dillon
Pike/South Platte
970-468-5400
303-275-5610
Open 7/16/18
COMMENTS:
7/16/18 - Snow is gone & its open.
7/7/18 - Not open for two-track vehicles. Motorcycles are getting through a V-notch cut in the snow. Snow at the Red Cone junction.
7/1/18 - Still snowed in at the very top. Red Cone is open however. Another week or two for Webster I would guess.
6/21/18 - Went up the south side on two wheels. Almost made it to the top. Looks like about a 200 yard drift that is melting fast.
6/16/18 - North side of Webster is now open with a few snow drifts still remaining on the trail. Easily passable by modified rigs, should be fully melted for stock rigs very soon South side of pass is clear all the way to the snow cornice which is several weeks away from being melted out. The washout after the first switchback is tight.
6/9/18 - The trail is open to just before the second switchback, where a large drift about 4 feet deep covers the trail, blocking it for all vehicles. The two famous narrow/tippy spots between the first and second switchback are quite narrow and tippy, as they often are early in the season. There is also a steep bypass above the narrow spots that essentially cuts the switchback back down to the flatter part of the trail. I don't remember seeing this in past years, and I don't know if it's legal. Anyway, we walked the rest of the trail up as far as we could. There are a few smaller drifts higher up on the switchbacks that either partially or completely block the trail, and, not surprisingly for this early in the season, the summit is blocked by a huge snow cornice a few hundred yards from the summit. It will be quite some time before the trail is passable as a thru trail, but it's still a fun 4WD+hike in the meantime. Also be aware that on the lower parts of the trail! the forest service has designated many of the previous well-used dispersed camping spots as "no camping". We also drove the Handcart Gulch side, and it is fully open, but the same note about designated camping sites applies there as well.
Weston Pass
CR7
Pike/Fairplay
San Isabel/Leadville
719-836-2031
719-486-0749
Closed 7/1/18
COMMENTS:
8/14/18 - Weston Pass is open. The closure area is south of the pass. See attached map
7/1/18 - The trail is closed altogether due to the Weston Pass Fire. 285 is closed from 1 mi. South of Fairplay to Antero Junction. I'm sure the West side would be marked as well, as in closed altogether as that is the fire line.
6/29/18 - Closed - wildfire.
6/3/18 - Clear all the way. There is no snow near the trail.
5/13/18 - Weston Pass is passable on the east side to within 80 feet vertical from the summit. It looks like it is still impassable for awhile on the west side. Only a couple small patches of snow over the road passable for 2WD.
Wheeler Geological Area Rio Grande/Conejos 719-274-8971 Open 6/26/18
COMMENTS:
6/26/18 - The trail is open all the way to the pole fence at the end. We drove in with 5 Jeeps, camped overnight and drove out the next morning. While there are a lot of downed and dead trees, none of them were blocking the road. Careful driving with a Jeep JK was needed to avoid scraping the sides with tree ends. Trail was pretty dry with negligible creek crossings. We had a battery-powered chainsaw with us, but did not need it. Camping among the dead trees is a bit scary. Don't camp up there during a windstorm.
5/19/18 - Road was closed 5/19/18 at Hanson Mill. NFS states that they intend to open the road on 24 May. Although road was not open NFS said to expect mud and deadfall. Hiking trail had three downed trees across trail in first 50 yards.
Wheeler Lake Pike/South Park 719-836-2031 Closed 8/17 and 18 8/17/18
COMMENTS:
8/17/18 - An update to the below. The forest service will close the trail on the weekend of 17/18 August to allow the fence construction to take place. The trail will reopen after that.
8/17/18 - Open but congested due to fence construction. 8/17/18 and 8/18/18. There will be a major fencing project going on Friday and Saturday August 17th and 18th. The trail will be very congested with construction and assistant traffic and should be avoided. (unless you want to help :-) )
6/30/18 - The trail is open all the way to the lake. No snow near the trail. Water running down and across the trail in many places. A few easy to cross water ponds. We were the first to reach the lake but right behind us were two large groups 10-15. Hikers were out all along the trail. Spotted several people fishing at the lake.
6/10/18 - So the trail is clear all the way to the climb just before the lake. There is about 3 to 4 ft of snow still and the lake is still frozen. We spent the night at one of the site just below the climb, weather was chilly at night but not ok bad. The obstacles were challenging, nothing that an agressive SUV couldn't do. There were rocks pulled up on the first obstacle (The Flop). The next obstacle (The V) was in good shape, The stairs were tough due to the mud pit just before. The rest of the trail is overgrown and lots of water. Although the water is not deep there is plenty, very fast flowing creek just before the climb to the lake. It will probably be another few weeks before the lake is accessible. The obstacles were challenging, nothing that an agressive SUV couldn't do. There were rocks pulled up on the first obstacle (The Flop). The next obstacle (The V) was in good shape, The stairs were tough due to the mud pit just before. The rest of the trail is overgrown and lots of water. Although the water is not deep there is plenty, very fast flowing creek just before the climb to the lake. It will probably be another few weeks before the lake is accessible.
6/9/18 - Trail is open until the right turn just past bowling ball hill. Snow is packed in for about 20 yards. We parked and hiked the rest of the trail to the lake.
Williams Pass San Isabel/Salida
Gunnison/Gunnison
719-539-3591/
970-641-0471
Closed 3/29/18
C3/29/18OMMENTS:
3/29/18 - Opens only for month of August when conditions allow. Located on both the Gunnison NF (Gunnison Ranger District) and the San Isabel NF (Salida Ranger District). East side Salida. West side Gunnison.
Wurts Ditch Road White River/Holy Cross 970-827-5715 Open 7/12/18
COMMENTS:
7/12/18 - Open with no issues.
Yankee Boy Basin Uncompahgre/Ouray
BLM/Gunnison
970-240-5300
970-641-0471
Open 5/25/18
COMMENTS:
5/25/18 - Trail is open per the forest service.
5/12/18 - Trails is closed just past the upper restrooms. We tried to bust through the snow but there is way to much.
Yankee Hill Arapaho/Clear Creek 303-567-3000 Open 3/17/18
COMMENTS:
3/17/17 - Open all the way. Went up from the Central City side, ended in Alice. Lower portion not snowy at all, but upper portion (above poser rock) is significantly snowy. Passable with good tires. Might be more difficult in the opposite direction. Pickup trucks might have trouble.


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