|Highest Elevation:||11200 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||East|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Fairplay|
|Official Road Name:||176|
|Management Agency:||Pike National Forest/South Park Ranger District|
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. The Motor Vehicle User Map (MVUM) shows the road open year-round, however due to elevation, it often becomes impassible during winter.
Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves but rocks to 9". Water crossings usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD under most conditions. No width problems, vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
From FS Road 175, turn east onto FS Road 176 and proceed up the mountain.
This is the most difficult part of Brown's Pass; it is a steep, narrow, and rocky climb (heading east). Be sure to leave a large interval between vehicles in case someone stalls.
The ascent becomes moderate here. Two dilapidated log cabins make a picturesque setting on the south side of the road.
Continue straight past the spur road on the north side of Brown's Pass. 176.A is a dead end road. If travelling in the direction of this guide, you will have glimpses of the valley below as you descend.
Proceed straight past this private access road.
Proceed through the clearing, but take the time to appreciate the views!
Continue straight past the intersection with FS Road 179 on the north side of Brown's Pass Road. FSR 179 leads to hiking trails which traverse Sheep Mountain.
Continue straight past FS Road 178.
The dirt road merges into an improved surface road; continue east toward Highway 285. There is a large parking area, suitable for 9-10 vehicles, where you can air-up tires and secure equipment.
Trailhead Coordinates: 39.173050, -106.107652