Upper Geneva (Geneva Creek)

4.6/5 (98 reviews)
Georgetown, Colorado (Park County)
Last Updated: 12/01/2022
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Upper Geneva Creek is one of the more diverse trails in Colorado and great fun even for a stock rig with no bells and whistles. The first part of this trail offers fantastic views of the valley and Geneva Creek itself. This area is peppered with camping for tents and even RV's and trailers from the beginning to the end. The second half of the trail is where things get interesting. First is the Iron Fens natural phenomenon. One of eight locations in the world, all of which are in Colorado. This one happens to be a half-mile hike to see it and is well worth the sweat. After the Iron Fens, you turn and start climbing to over 11,000 feet to what was Geneva City. Scattered at the end of this trail are a number of buildings and structures, including the remnants of the Sill Mine.

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (98 reviews)
JD Marshall
Official Crew
Status: Impassable
Visited: 12/01/2022

This trail travels above the timberline and is considered impassable due to snow until spring. See you next season!
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Upper part of the trail had ice under approximately a foot of snow. slight tilt on snow covered narrow trail okay, till we hit ice. Then a bit scary. Did not finish the upper section. Approximately 50 yards from 2nd creek crossing just below way point 8, snow reached about 2 feet with ice underneat. Chains got us turned around and returned to trail head On that particular day it was a hard trail
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

One of my favorite trails - perfectly challenging terrain, and lots to do when you get up there. Iron fens are mesmerizing, and the Geneva Creek bowl feels huge and otherworldly. There's a ghost town complete with an abandoned mid-40s International Harvester pickup truck. The last 2 miles are narrow, but nothing is off-camber and there are still pockets for passing.
Trail Review: Upper Geneva (Geneva Creek) - Denis Frolov
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail. Iron fens are well worth the hike. 1.1 miles uphill from the gate.
Status: Open
Visited: 09/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Seems to have gotten bumpier and more rocky since last time we went a few years ago. Still easy even for the stock GX460 that was with us. Really nice views, some cool walking areas along the way, and very nice scenery once you're up at the top. Unfortunately, some off-trail damage at various areas at the top, saw a number of vehicles ignore signs and continue up towards old mine ruins, while we walked. Some people think rules don't apply to them.
Trail Review: Upper Geneva (Geneva Creek) - Nate Wellner
Trail Review: Upper Geneva (Geneva Creek) - Nate Wellner
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