Mount Bross

Alma, Colorado (Park County)

Last Updated: 09/26/2020
4.9 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Status: Impassable
Typically Open: 06/15 - 10/15
Length: 14.14 miles
Highest Elevation: 13790 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Alma
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fairplay
Official Road Name: CR 787, 288, 857
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: South Park Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Mount Bross
The Mount Bross trail will take you higher than any other trail in Park County. In fact, it is the 2nd highest unpaved road in the state! You can take the Family Truckster up Pike's and Evans, but where's the fun in that? Naturally, this yields some truly epic views on some genuinely butt-clenching shelf roads. Along with the sheer altitude, this trail offers plenty of mining history. Gold discovered on the slopes and gulches of Mount Bross triggered the first Colorado gold rush in 1859. This is a must-do!

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead - Continue (0 mi)
CR 787 splits off to the right/north of CR 8. For the next couple of miles, be mindful that you are crossing mostly private land.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.296790, -106.108130

Starting Point: Alma, Colorado

From CO 9, just half a block north of the famous Al-Mart, turn west onto Buckskin Street. This is CR 8. Continue for 2.6 miles to an obvious fork. The lesser road forks to the right (north) and has signs for Windy Ridge. This is CR 787.

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Trail Reviews (10)

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Status: Open
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Fun trail! I ran it in my 07 Subaru Forester (6" total of lift) and had no problems at all! I skipped out on the summit road because I had heard that it was all private property and closed off, even for hiking Mt. Bross is closed, so I just stuck to the loop. Loved seeing all the old mines and the information TrailsOffroad gives about them!

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Status: Temporary Closure
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We took the trail was very nice drive but we came to find out after that it’s on private property and you’re not supposed to go to the top.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Calvary 4-Wheelers ran Mount Bross as part of our annual Aspen Viewing trip on Saturday, September 26, 2020. We had seven rigs along for the run, a stock TJ, a stock JK, a moderately lifted TJ, a well-built JK, two built XJs and a stock Ford Ranger. We ran Buckskin Joe in the morning as the first half of our excursion and start this trail early in the afternoon. There were not a lot of aspen along this trail but it was a very fun trail just the same. The lower part is indicated on the maps as suitable for passenger cars but is a little rougher than a typical graded gravel road. It did not require 4wd but you would have to be very careful without high clearance. Once we got past Waypoint 4 and started the loop 4wd became necessary. The trail was rough enough to be fun but not so rough as to be a major challenge, even to the stock rigs in our group. All of those stock rigs made it through the ruts at Waypoint 9 without assistance, although one did lift a tire about a foot off the ground. Fortunately she had just enough momentum to have all the tires back on the ground before loosing traction. As noted in an earlier trip report, the spur to the saddle did have some snow left from the early September storm. It had melted enough that we only had to cross the edge of a few drifts and were able to make it to the top. The next significant storm will probably make this section immpassible until next summer. There has been some discussion about a possible attempt on the summit, but it was getting later in the afternoon by the time we got to the saddle and it was cold and windy so we scrapped those plans. From the looks of it, though it would be pretty easy to bag both Mount Bross and Mount Lincoln from there if you had an earlier start and favorable weather.

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Status: Partially Open
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Ran this trail on 9/19. I was able to complete the main loop portion, plus the spectacular overlook on FR 285. I was only able to make it to about waypoint 13 on the road to the summit of Mount Bross before I found the shelf road increasingly blocked by snow banks leftover from the storm two weeks ago, and had to turn around. That snow could melt out still this year, but my guess is it that upper portion of the trail will likely be impassible until next year. Beautiful scenery and I hope to try again to reach the top next summer, hopefully with less smoke in the air spoiling the views.

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Status: Open
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A pretty easy trail in a stock UTV. Great views! The hardest part was going down slow.

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Status: Open
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Went all the way up and hiked to the peak of Mt. Boss. It was a god day. It is not a difficult trail just a few areas were you feel tippy on the shelf road areas. Going with the way points after the wash out area going up it was lose rocks.

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Status: Open
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Wonderful trip. All clear of snow and no traffic.

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Status: Open
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Awesome trail! Nothing too challenging, deep ruts were fun - the washouts were white knuckle but you'll get through them fine, take em slow! Hiked up the last ~500 elevation to the summit of Mt Bross and the views of Kite Lake and the other 14ers in the area were amazing!!!! Saw about 6 marmots at WP 3.

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Status: Open
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Easy trail all the way up with lots of side roads to explore and mining locations to explore. Stay to the East side, avoiding the loop that begins at waypoint 18 and ends at 24 as there are snow drifts blocking the way. A very large snow drift is just past waypoint 18. There is a smaller one I was able to get past higher up the mountain and rejoin the trail as marked here at waypoint 12, but getting past the snow drift was a bit sketchy and I'd not recommend it.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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What a thrill ride! The highest trail in the state! It snowed on us near the top. Snow! In August!! How cool is that?

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Trint Ladd

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Trint grew up riding dirt bikes in the creek beds of the Texas Panhandle. While attending college in Colorado in the late 1990's, he saw a magazine article about a Ford Explorer four-wheeling club. He never saw his Explorer as an adventure vehicle before, but quickly joined up and caught the bug. With his engineering background, Trint has always respected the factory design of a good truck (and recognized when manufacturers put cheap parts into something marketed for off road use). "A good driver, with a well built, stock truck can do trails that would break a $50k, built-up rig with an inexperienced driver." He put that 1st gen Explorer though hell and it always held up, earning great respect from the "big dawgs" in the club. (And earning the nickname, "The Idiot Stocker.") The truck was christened "BamBam" because of the frequent sounds ringing out from the factory skid plates. Now that Trint is "grown-up" (quotation marks intentional), he's a bit less inclined to dent up his pretty Toyota Tacoma, but still feels the same way about superior engineering. Trint's love for the mountains was ingrained at a very early age. 8mm film exists of 18-month-old Trint in a backpack on his dad's back while riding dirt bikes through the mountains of Red River, NM. Although Trint does enjoy a good, tough, technical rock trail, he can often be found on easier, winding, Alpine roads just taking the glory of God's country.
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