Rollins Pass East

4.1/5 (49 reviews)
Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 08/07/2022
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Rollins Pass East is a beautiful drive through the Roosevelt National Forest that takes you up a 4% grade, above timberline, where you get endless views of the Colorado Front Range, access to beautiful fishing spots, a more challenging four-wheel drive road, and good hiking opportunities. There is also some history to Rollins Pass East that can really make you appreciate the past.

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4.1/5 (49 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We ran Rollins Pass West last month where we looked down on Yankee Doodle Lake, So we had to check out Rollins Pass East and the lake. Lots of potholes and very rocky. It took us two hours to get to the top where it's blocked. Enjoyed a picnic overlooking Yankee Doodle lake.
Trail Review: Rollins Pass East - Roger Parker
Trail Review: Rollins Pass East - Roger Parker
Status: Partially Open
Visited: 07/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

There's a deep icy drift at the usual spot just past Yankee Doodle Lake, the trail is dry and passable up to that point.
Status: Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail is open until just before WP7, where two shaded cuts are still snowed in. I saw an ATV send it through and just barely make it, but get stuck trying to get back. It’s melting fast so I’d imagine it’ll be passable soon. Up to that point the trail is draining heavily but in good shape overall. No issues in a stock 4Runner TRD-OR. There is also a Jeep GC mysteriously blocking part of the road on the hill after the first hairpin but it appeared as if even full size trucks were just able to squeeze by.
Trail Review: Rollins Pass East - Matt
Status: Partially Open
Visited: 05/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great late season storm dumped a few inches on the pass. We made it to 39.924859, -105.628245 before a drift turned us back. There are some nice mud holes and a few drifts to navigate on the way. There were no tracks beyond where we turned around, but a lighter vehicle might be able to continue. You'd be remiss not to stop at Howlin' Wind for a pint after running this as far as the snow allows!
Trail Review: Rollins Pass East - David Stillman
Trail Review: Rollins Pass East - David Stillman
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Ryan Boudreau
Official Crew
Status: Impassable
Visited: 01/08/2022

A great snow wheeling spot, but don't plan on getting more than a couple miles at best.

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