Jones Pass

Empire, Colorado (Clear Creek County)

Last Updated: 06/11/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 16 reviews )
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Highlights

Highlight: Jones Pass
Jones Pass is an easily accessible trail for most vehicles with a good number of camp sites along the road. It is a short drive to the top of the pass when it is not snowed shut, and at the top, you are rewarded with panoramic mountain views in every direction! Jones Pass is located on the Continental Divide. The easy access from I-70 makes it a popular place for a hike or a quick drive to the pass to take in the views. This trail also offer awesome birdseye views of the Henderson Molybdenum Mine.

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Route Information

Technical Rating

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Waypoints

1. Jones Pass Turn (0 mi)
Turn right off of County Road 202 just before the Henderson Mine security gate. The turn is well marked with a very large sign. Continue on the dirt road for a short period where you can air down at the parking lot ahead.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Empire

From Empire, travel west on US-40 for 7.3 miles and turn left on County Road 202/Henderson Mine Road. You will see road signs for "Big Bend Picnic Ground, and Jones Pass." Continue for 1.8 miles and turn right just before the Henderson Mine security gate. From the top of Berthoud Pass, travel south on US-40 for 5.9 miles and turn right onto County Road 202/Henderson Mine Rd. You will see road signs for "Big Bend Picnic Ground, and Jones Pass." Continue for 1.8 miles and turn right just before the Henderson Mine security gate.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (28)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: What trails are open around Frazier/ Tabernash?
–Aaron Lustig (08/07/2018)
–Brandon Marlow (09/30/2018)

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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