Georgia Pass

4.8/5 (75 reviews)
Breckenridge, Colorado (Summit County)
Last Updated: 10/10/2022

Trail Information


Snow Wheeling
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 (75)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This trail really is one of the highlights of the Breckenridge area. It’s much steeper than the pictures make it seem on the north side, but isn’t particularly challenging. I ran it solo in a stock 2022 F-150 Tremor with no issues, other than some very minor rubbing over one of the water breaks. It’s easy enough that I didn’t need to get out to pick a line at any point. It’s an ideal trail for a body-on-frame truck/SUV with a factory off-road package—just steep and twisty enough to be interesting but never really stressful. There were a few patches of light ice that didn’t cause any traction issues in the last half mile of the north side before the summit. Other than that, it was completely clear. This will probably change given the snow expected to come in tomorrow.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/08/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Still clear and virtually dry. Tiniest bit of moist dirt. There's some snow in the shade off the trail. Not too busy and easy route finding. Tempted to say easier, but I'll go with "spot on".
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Good trail with lots of OHV traffic on the north side. The side trails leading to camping spots are worth the effort as it make for a fun drive as well. But if secluded camping is what you’re looking for, the north side might not be the best place due to the amount of OHV traffic. It was much more quiet on the south side of the pass.
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.
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.

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