Hagerman Pass

Leadville, Colorado (Lake County)

Last Updated: 07/20/2020
4.6 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/30 - 11/22
Length: 11.87 miles
Highest Elevation: 11925 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Leadville
Nearest Town w/ Services: Leadville
Official Road Name: 105
Management Agency: San Isabelle National Forest/White River National Forest
District: Leadville Ranger District/Aspen-Sopris Ranger District


Highlight: Hagerman Pass
Located in the Sawatch Range between Leadville and Basalt, Colorado, Hagerman Pass is an incredibly scenic trail that crosses the Continental Divide at 11,925 feet. This high clearance 4x4 trail offers views of majestic mountains, glittering mountain lakes, stunning campsites, and takes you back through the rich history of the areas' early railroad days. This off-road trail is part of section 5 of the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (COBDR), which is a mostly off-road route across the entire state of Colorado from New Mexico to Wyoming. There are many hiking trails that start off of Hagerman Pass, even a few used by anglers. Don't miss this high altitude gem if you are looking for some fairly easy trail therapy and a mountain get-a-way reset.


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1. Eastern Trailhead (0 mi)
The eastern trailhead starts at the intersection of County Road 4 and County Road 9. Just after the intersection, there is a pullout on the right that has an informational kiosk with any current Forest Service warnings, including fire bans. This spot can accommodate 5-6 vehicles and is a good location to air down. The road is a fairly smooth washboard gravel road for the next 5 miles.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Leadville, Colorado

From the southwest end of town, head north on County Road 4/McWethy Dr for 3.1 miles. There is a fork in the road where you will continue to the right and stay on County Road 4 for another 4.3 miles. Continue over the dam and parallel Turquise Lake until you reach FS 105 on your left.



Trail Reviews (15)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Hello, I am in Colorado Springs for the next 10 days and would like to do Hagerman Pass. Is it open? Is it passable? I have a 2015 JKU with 3.5 lift.
–Brian Hagerman (05/18/2021)
–Brian Hagerman (05/24/2021)
–Ryan Boudreau (05/18/2021)
Q: Thoughts on getting a stock tundra up this? I have sliders but no lift.
–Clair Morgan Jones (08/26/2020)
–Ryan Boudreau (08/31/2020)
Q: Could a stick 19 Cherokee Trailhawk handle the ruts. Looks like the Ram had some issues but I would assume a chitter wheelbase would help.
–Casey Froke (08/07/2020)
–Ryan Boudreau (08/08/2020)

Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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