Boreas Pass

Breckenridge, Colorado (Summit County)

Last Updated: 06/30/2019
3.3 /5 ( 6 reviews )
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Status: Impassable
Typically Open: 05/20 - 11/23
Length: 13.6 miles
Highest Elevation: 11500 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Breckenridge
Nearest Town w/ Services: Breckenridge
Official Road Name: CR10, CR33
Management Agency: Pike National Forest and White River National Forest
District: South Park Ranger District and Dillon Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Boreas Pass
Boreas Pass (pronounced "bor-ee-yus") follows the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad bed. As it was originally designed for a railroad, the route is gentle, smooth, and never climbs at more than a gradual 3% grade. (My wife has nicknamed it "Boringest Pass.") The road is easily passable by passenger cars in almost any weather. However, much of the road is above treeline and the summit crosses the Continental Divide at 11,500 feet, so be prepared for high alpine conditions, including rapidly changing weather. Numerous hiking trail trailheads dot the route. The road is popular with cyclists and distracted tourists. Stay alert and be cautions and courteous.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. North Trailhead (0.00 mi)
Just before the northern trailhead, there is a large parking area. Reset mileage as you pass through the Forest Service gate.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.462310, -106.021810

Starting Point: Breckenridge or Como

The northern trailhead is in the town of Breckenridge. At the south end of town, Main Street merges with South Park Avenue at a traffic light. The next light south is Broken Lance Drive/Boreas Pass Road. Turn left (east) onto Boreas Pass Road (CR10). Stay on the main road as it meanders up through a residential area for about 3.6 miles. There is a large parking area just before the Forest Service Gate. The southern trailhead is above the tiny village of Como. From US 285, about 6.6 miles south of Jefferson, take a poorly marked, paved road north into Como. This is Boreas Pass Road (CR33). Stay on this, the only paved road, as it winds through town, changes over to dirt, and heads up Tarryall Creek. About 3.1 miles from Como, at a well marked intersection, turn right (northeast) to continue on Boreas Pass Road. Here we describe the route from north to south.

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Trail Reviews (12)

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Easy road. Lots of bikes, hikers, campers, and cars. Nothing more than a dusty, dirt road from Breck to Como. Cool views on both sides. Fun alternative to 285 vs. Hoosier or heading back north to Frisco/I-70.

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Ran the pass on 07/11/19 from como to Breckenridge easy, dusty tho. No issues

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We enjoyed visiting Breckenridge shops and restaurants before taking this long and at times boring gravel road over the mountains. At points I was wishing it was over... and then on the other side, you end up not real close to anything unless your heading east. This would be a good road for any car that wants to see some mountains off of the pavement. Of all trails we explored on our week in CO, this was my least favorite, since it's more of a road.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Seasonal Gates have been opened and you can travel all the way through.

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Calvary 4-Wheelers headed to Boreas Pass for our annual Aspen Viewing Trip on Saturday, September 22, 2018. As mentioned in the guide, the road is passable for passenger cars and very easy for 4x4s. It does offer spectacular views and lots of interesting history. I was afraid we might have missed the changing aspen but, although they were a little past their peak, there were still lots of colors to admire. Plenty of other people were there to admire the fall colors, too, and the road was very busy with cars, trucks, 4x4s, motorcylcles, mountain bikes and hikers. By being careful and patient we were able to enjoy the beautiful afternoon anyway.

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Great and easy run to check out the fall color. Several spots are narrow; 2 cars can’t pass easily. Please be respectful and enjoy the ride!

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Boreas Pass isn’t for solitude, but still enjoyable. Annoyed by minivans going 2mph thinking that makes the bumps less. LOL Super easy road with some nice views. Lots of camping along the road. Started at Pennsylvania Creek, took the connector to Indiana Creek, then Boreas Pass to the summit before heading back to Breckenridge.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Gates are open on both ends.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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As of Memorial Day 2018, the northern gate is open. I drove as far as the Indiana Creek trail (just after Bakers Tank). All was clear, dry, and very dusty. Lot's of cyclists out enjoying the holiday weekend. Please be mindful of your dust and share the trail.

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Just drove this route out of curiosity. I found the scenery at the pass pretty amazing. And all along the way there are numerous pull-outs and camping spots. It's an easy drive. Any 2wd, low clearance vehicle can do this road when dry. There are few potholes and a few bumpy rocky stretches near the pass but those are no worse than just a bad city street.

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Status: Open
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Easy trail as mentioned, only a few rough areas but still a trail that can be done in all types of vehicles. Trail was not very busy at the time I ran it, and not a lot of hikers on it either, just a running group. Yes the trail is very easy but the scenery can't be beat. The trail can be ran in either direction starting at the town Como and ending at Breckenridge or the other way around. Lots of places to pull over and take pictures. Several hiking trails one can take also along the route.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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I was up in Summit mapping some new trails last weekend, one of which connects to Boreas. All of Summit County is unseasonably warm and dry. There's much less snow that normal even at high elevations. You might see some traces of snow shaded areas, but all the trails are clear.

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Trint Ladd

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Trint grew up riding dirt bikes in the creek beds of the Texas Panhandle. While attending college in Colorado in the late 1990's, he saw a magazine article about a Ford Explorer four-wheeling club. He never saw his Explorer as an adventure vehicle before, but quickly joined up and caught the bug. With his engineering background, Trint has always respected the factory design of a good truck (and recognized when manufacturers put cheap parts into something marketed for off road use). "A good driver, with a well built, stock truck can do trails that would break a $50k, built-up rig with an inexperienced driver." He put that 1st gen Explorer though hell and it always held up, earning great respect from the "big dawgs" in the club. (And earning the nickname, "The Idiot Stocker.") The truck was christened "BamBam" because of the frequent sounds ringing out from the factory skid plates. Now that Trint is "grown-up" (quotation marks intentional), he's a bit less inclined to dent up his pretty Toyota Tacoma, but still feels the same way about superior engineering. Trint's love for the mountains was ingrained at a very early age. 8mm film exists of 18-month-old Trint in a backpack on his dad's back while riding dirt bikes through the mountains of Red River, NM. Although Trint does enjoy a good, tough, technical rock trail, he can often be found on easier, winding, Alpine roads just taking the glory of God's country.
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