Brown's Pass

Fairplay, Colorado (Park County)

Last Updated: 01/04/2018
5/5 (1 review)
Nearby Trails
Status: Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/15 - 12/31
Length: 4.2 miles
Highest Elevation: 11200 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Fairplay
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fairplay
Official Road Name: 176
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: South Park Ranger District
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Highlight: Brown's Pass

Brown’s Pass is situated in the Pike National Forest a few miles south of Fairplay, Colorado. This area of South Park is remote and far less traveled than other passes, making it a desirable destination for weekend overland exploration. Brown’s Pass features moderate climbs and descents, with several connected roads providing spectacular views above the timberline. Brown's Pass closes seasonally each year from January 1 to June 15th.



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Route Information

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1. Upper Trailhead/Intersection FS Road 175

From FS Road 175, turn east onto FS Road 176 and proceed up the mountain.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.173050, -106.107652

Starting Point: Fairplay

From Denver, take Highway 285 past Fairplay and turn right on County Road 20 for approximately one mile, then turn right on County Road 658, marked as Brown's Pass. From Colorado Springs, take Highway 24 west to Hartsel, then Highway 9 north toward Fairplay. At the intersection with Highway 285 south of Fairplay, turn left for approximately two miles. Turn right on County Road 20 for approximately one mile, then turn right on County Road 658, marked as Brown's Pass. Alternatively from both, drive Brown’s Pass as a loop combined with Breakneck Pass; proceed one mile further down Highway 285 to Highway 5, turn right for 1.75 miles, and look for Breakneck Pass trailhead markers on the right.



Land Use Issues

In accordance with USDA Forest Service Order, Number PSICC-2016-15 dated 1 November 2016 , numerous roads and trails are closed for a specified period. Brown's Pass / FS Road 176 is closed to motor vehicle use, except as indicated, pursuant to the stated order for the period 1 January to 15 June, annually. This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 which requires the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. Over the next year, 30 roads will be partially or completely closed while this evaluation proceeds over the next 5 years.

Writer Information

Tracy Barker

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. Tracy's family moved to central Utah when he was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah. These family moves established a precedent, of sorts, as Tracy has lived in numerous states over the past three decades. Tracy is now settling down in Colorado Springs. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. This, too, is a precedent started many years ago in dad's pickup truck, followed by Tracy's first 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991). Tracy aspires to climb some of Colorado's venerable 14'ers while traveling some of the notable and not-so-well-known 4x4 trails in the Centennial State. He's excited about contributing to Trails Offroad because the site is committed to meet a critical 4-wheel drive enthusiast requirement--current and accurate trail data.


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Trail Reviews (2)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We did this trail in tandem with Breakneck Pass. Brown's Pass is very mild, mostly pretty smooth, and easy to navigate. Very dry and dusty right now. There are a few narrow spots where passing oncoming vehicles may require backing up to find a pull-off spot. There are a lot of trees and bushes close to the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I ran Browns and Breakneck Pass while looking for a camping spot. Both trails are clear, and are completely dry and dusty. They could use a little rain to do away with some dust. After strong winds, there could possibly be trees down on either trail so plan accordingly.