Moffat Tunnel Road

Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 11/12/2020
2.8 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 8.05 miles
Highest Elevation: 9260 feet
Duration: About 35 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Rollinsville
Nearest Town w/ Services: Nederland
Official Road Name: Gilpin County Road 16
Management Agency: Gilpin County
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Highlights

Highlight: Moffat Tunnel Road
Moffat Tunnel Road (Gilpin County Road 16, also known as Tolland Road) is a leisurely gravel road going west from Rollinsville. Although its main attraction is the access it provides to the trailheads for Rollinsville (the southern spine of the West Magnolia network), Mammoth Gulch, Rollins Pass East and one of the hiking trailheads for James Peak, it is a pleasant and scenic drive in its own right as it winds its way along South Boulder Creek. Along the way you will pass through the ghost town of Tolland on your way to the east portal of the famous and historic Moffat Tunnel. The Moffat Tunnel started operating in 1928, connecting Denver to the other side of the Continental Divide at Winter Park. Before that time, the route went up through the Needle Eye Tunnel and over Rollins Pass. The Moffat Tunnel is 6.2 miles long and reduced travel time over the Divide from well over two hours to just 12 minutes. It cost $23,972,843 to build, and 28 people died during the construction. It is named after Colorado railroad pioneer David Moffat.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Moffat Tunnel Road Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn west from Colorado Highway 119 onto County Road 16, Moffat Tunnel Road (Tolland Road) toward Moffat Tunnel and Rollins Pass.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.917174, -105.502607

Starting Point: Rollinsville

From Rollinsville, turn west from Colorado Highway 119 onto County Road 16, Moffat Tunnel Road (Tolland Road) toward Moffat Tunnel and Rollins Pass.

Camping

Not allowed

Trail Reviews (8)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Per the National Forest Service: FORT COLLINS, Colo (Nov. 9, 2020) – More forest closures are being lifted across the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests as all Stage 3 restrictions are rescinded beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Closures will remain in place around areas that experienced wildfire in Grand, Boulder and Larimer counties. These fire areas present a public safety threat as burned trees can fall unexpectedly, hot spots are still burning, and new hazards can be hidden under snow.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
Due to extreme fire danger the Ntional Forest Service has temporarily closed all National Forest land in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD831612

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Status: Open
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Its an easy dirt road, Very pretty views. Its good to go see the tunnel or access other thing.s

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Status: Open
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Great views on the way to Rollins pass!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Ran Moffat Tunnel Road on Saturday, August 3, 2019 to update the trail guide. The weather was beautiful with blue skies, sunshine and just a few puffy, white clouds. The road was clear and dry and the scenery was gorgeous. There was lots of traffic on the road and the parking lot at East Portal was jam packed. A lot of hikers were headed up towards James Peak and a lot of people were enjoying the history of the tunnel.

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Status: Open
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This isn't really a trail. It's a very easily navigated dirt road leading to the tunnel.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This trail gets its 1 rating because it is not really a trail, but leads you to plenty of 4-star trails.

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Status: Open
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long dirt road. lots of 2wd cars at the end. no potholes or rocks until you pass the fork with east rollins pass. stock ‘16 crosstrek made it fine.

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Writer Information

Bill Andrews

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Bill is an off-road enthusiast with nearly 30 years of 'wheeling experience. At one time he had a streak of about 20 years of 4-wheeling at least once a month. He likes anything from easy, dirt roads to difficult trails but stops short of extreme. Over the years he has traveled over 700 different trails, mostly in Colorado and Utah. He loves finding and exploring new areas and sharing his knowledge with others. He has been the coordinator of Calvary 4-Wheelers for many years.
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