Montgomery Pass is a trail that climbs over 2000' towards the Continental Divide just west of the Rawah Wilderness area in North central Colorado. This trail is in the Colorado State Forest. It requires 4WD and can be more difficult during wet conditions. The lower half of the trail goes through a thick forest of lodgepole pines while the upper half begins to open up to allow for views of nearby Clark Peak and the North Michigan River valley below. The trail is suitable for aggressive SUVs, UTV's, ATV's, horses and mountain bikes.
Take Colorado Highway 14 to Jackson County Road 41 just west of Gould, CO. Turn right and follow CR# 41 into the Colorado State Forest 4 miles to Bockman Road. Turn right onto Bockman Road and proceed 1.5 miles to the Montgomery Pass trailhead on the left.
This trail is located inside the Colorado State Forest near Gould, Colorado.
Trail was in great shape. There was still a couple snow drifts near the summit, but easy to get through. Camping is clearly the go to activity this summer as every campsite was filled in the state forest.
I visited the Colorado Stare Forest State Park to check on the road conditions for the season. The area has received some snow fall already this season and the Colorado DPW closed the roads on October 23 because of the snow. With the snowfall today and the snow fall expected over the next week, the roads in the park remain closed. I contacted the park's ranger who informed me that the trails were likely closed for the remainder of the season.
This trail was challenging, but we made it to the top without an issue in my stock Tacoma. There are some rocky spots where you need to pick a good line. The trail ends at the tree line, and the top of the ridge is a short hike. I made in 30 minutes or so with my 2 and 4 year olds. On the way down I got to test out the crawl mode to help control speed over some loose rocks.
All trails in the Colorado State Forest are open for business! Warm weather has melted away the winter snowfall and the park officials has opened the trail for the season. During my visit, I did not happen across another vehicle on the trail. A weekend camping trip is coming soon.
A trip to check on the status of the Colorado State Forest trails found that most have been closed for the season by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. In the past couple of days, nearly a foot of snow has fallen in Gould, CO.
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well.
A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg