Georgia Pass

4.8/5 (71 reviews)
Breckenridge, Colorado (Summit County)
Last Updated: 07/17/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Georgia Pass is the middle and least trafficked of the three main passes over the Continental Divide in Summit County. To the east, Webster Pass is more popular with the 4WD crowd due to the well known and technical 4WD offroad trails it connects. To the west, Boreas Pass is easy and often clogged with tourists in minivans. The southern slope is an easy dirt road. The north, however, is where all the fun awaits! The trail summits in the saddle between Mount Guyot and Glacier Ridge with spectacular views of both the rugged Swan River Valley and the grassy plains of South Park. The Glacier Ridge 4WD trail meets this trail at the summit, connecting to the notorious rock garden, SOB Hill (a.k.a. Number 10 Road). On a historical note, Georgia Pass once served as the primary route into the Swan and Blue river valleys for gold-hungry miners. At the height of the rush, as many as 200 prospectors a day flooded over the pass, then called Swan River Pass, into the boom towns of Parkville, Swandyke, and Tiger. No trace remains of these once vibrant towns except for a few ruins in Swandyke. (Parkville was buried by river dredges in the 1880s. Tiger was intentionally burned to the ground by the Forest Service in the 1970s to "rid the area of squatters.") By the 1880s, Boreas and Hoosier passes had become easier and more civilized routes and Georgia was all but abandoned.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The northern slope of Georgia Pass begins as a relatively tame dirt road. Gradually, it becomes more rough, rocky, and narrow. The last mile before the summit is the hardest section with some tight rocky areas and some rutted, washed out dirt. The southern slope is all wide open dirt roads. Because of this, and because the summit is part of the Colorado Trail, it is sometimes crowded with sight-seers, hikers and their cars. Since the north slope is more interesting, it is usually run from north to south. Cell phone signals are spotty at best throughout the trail. The nearest emergency room is at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center (970-668-3300), located just off CO-9 south of Frisco. Summit County Sheriff office (970-453-2232) is on CO-9 in Breckenridge.
The summit area is often crowded with sight-seers and hikers. Take your time and keep your eyes peeled.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (71 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We ran most of the trails in the Golden Horseshoe today before going over Georgia Pass, then continuing on to Jefferson and Highway 285. The north side Georgia Pass was by far our favorite trail of the day. Scenic view from the summit. The south side is just a 2wd dirt road. We did stop and have a picnic next to a nice little stream.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Spent the weekend in Breckinridge running all the 2’s and 3’s we could find. This one was a favorite for sure. Our 2016 Ram Rebel with air suspension had no clearance issues at all. We run Toyo AT3’s and they did great in 4 low with no air down. We only passed a few atvs and had no trouble passing one another. If you are thinking about trying this trail.. GO FOR IT!!!! We had a blast and even scouted a handful of camp spots to try on our next trip out.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very fun trail. The trail info provided here was all accurate. I started on the south end from Jefferson and traveled North, continuing on American Gulch and eventually out to Breckenridge. Trail was in good condition. Relatively low traffic for a Saturday, with the exception of one very large group of side by sides. Nothing was very difficult, but I there were a surprising number of tall ridges for drainage along the northern half of the trail which will make long wheel base vehicles life difficult due to breakover angle. I was in my stock JLUR and scraped a few times, mostly when I was too lazy to take the bump at an angle. But the gladiator with me had to be careful on all of them.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Loved the availability to my stock Lexus GX470, it handled it with ease with center diff lock and 4 low. Got technical at times which added to the enjoyment of the trail.
Trail Review: Georgia Pass - Joel Van Kooten
Trail Review: Georgia Pass - Joel Van Kooten
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I took my 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk up this with no difficulty. I have poor tires on it and only aired down to 30 PSI. It was a cool trail. I only had a couple bikes pass me Sunday morning between 9-10am. Traffic picked up a bit later in the morning.

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