Jones Pass

Empire, Colorado (Clear Creek County)

Last Updated: 09/25/2019
4.4 /5 ( 9 reviews )
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Status: Impassable
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 7.04 miles
Highest Elevation: 12454 feet
Duration: About 1 hour 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Empire
Nearest Town w/ Services: Empire
Official Road Name: 144.1
Management Agency: Arapahoe National Forest
District: East Side - Clear Creek Ranger District, West Side - Sulphur Ranger District
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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

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Waypoints

1. Jones Pass Turn (0.00 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

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.771732, -105.845764

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 (16)

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Status: Open
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Rode my klr to the top today. No problems getting there. There were a couple vehicles at the top, but it was quiet. Nice trip overall

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Status: Open
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Fully open. Nice short run with great views up top. A number of nice dispersed camp sites. Best kept secret in my mind because I had never heard anyone talk about the pass until today.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
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Same as others have reported... snow still blocks the top of the Pass. Rough guess is it's still 16-18 feet deep. The road in is very mild, making it very accessible, so expect traffic and lots of people.

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Status: Partially Open
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The road is still blocked near the top of Jones Pass. Even with the hot weather it may not completely melt before October. The road is otherwise completely open.

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Status: Partially Open
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Still snow blocking the pass at the very top last 1/4 mile. Otherwise open.

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Status: Partially Open
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The trail was blocked by snow and impassable the last mile before reaching the top of the pass.

Author:
Status: Impassable
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Still a couple feet of snow 30-40 feet across at the northern most part of the trail, just above tree line. I hiked across and up to where the snow gets much deeper (about 3-4 more switchbacks), and the road is good to that point.

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Status: Impassable
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Avalanche debris about halfway up has been cleared somewhat, though snow at the tree line made this impassable as of early July. Incredibly beautiful drive though - we camped a night and will definitely be returning.

Author:
Status: Impassable
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Trail is impassable due to avalanche debris a little less than halfway up.

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Status: Impassable
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New snow makes it impossible near the top.

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Status: Open
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Gorgeous trail to drive. Nothing too crazy here. I even saw a Volkswagen Golf almost make it to the top. Probably better to run in a vehicle with a little higher ground clearance like a Subaru. I ran it in my stock FJ and never had to shift into 4 wheel drive. Some rocky bits but mostly straight-forward. The views are breathtaking from the top

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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The Forest Service announced 06/29 that this trail and surrounding areas are closed for work on the Sugarloaf Fire. We will update this when the trail reopens.

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Status: Open
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Was a great place to camp next to the stream. Got snowed on twice and woke up to 35 degrees. Over all great place to camp and easy to get to with a 4wd, but saw even a zip car make it most of the way up.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
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Road was open up to past the parking areas as described in section 6. You could go for a little bit on section 7 but then there was a guy who apparently tried to cross a snow bank, slid down and was stuck at 45 degrees half on, half off the trail. That was the end of the road as everyone was turning around.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
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Jones Pass trail still has a good 8' of snow blocking the trail. Maybe towards the end of September will one be able to get past it.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
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Still covered by snow and not passable before you get to the top of the pass. Two locations that previous users had run over trail closed signs. Also many people not following the fire ban as the east side of the pass is in Clear Creek county and clearly marked at beginning of trail.

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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