Rollins Pass East

Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 12/22/2018
5/5 (1 review)
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 12.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 11331 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Rollinsville
Nearest Town w/ Services: Nederland
Official Road Name: 117
Management Agency: Arapaho Nationa Forest
District: Boulder Ranger District
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Highlight: Rollins Pass East

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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1. Start Rollins Pass East

Beginning of Rollins Pass East with a large parking lot for trailers and groups to air down.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.905173, -105.630873

Starting Point: Rollinsville, CO

Take Highway 119 to Rollinsville. Turn West onto CR 16 (Moffat Tunnel Road) and continue for 7.3 miles and you will find the trailhead on the right with a parking area and sign.



Writer Information

Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson

Mapping Crew - Colorado and South Dakota

Bradley and Rhea are currently living in the quaint little town of Fairburn, South Dakota with their two daughters, Riley and Dakota, and their dog Nyx. Bradley was raised in Northern Colorado, while Rhea was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Growing up in these environments, the mountains are where they like to spend their free time. Since meeting in July 2011, they have been fishing, camping, and wheeling together ever since. For the Mikkelson family, owning a Jeep is essential to the mountaineering lifestyle. They currently have three Jeeps, a built 1995 Jeep Cherokee, A mildly built 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a bone-stock 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As a volunteer wildland firefighter, TrailsOffroad mapping crew and avid nature lovers, the Mikkelson's strongly encourage responsible trail usage, respect for our forests, always stay the trail, pack out what you pack in, and enjoy the adventure!


Questions & Answers (6)

Q: Anyone know the current snow status? Was thinking about going up this weekend but I've heard other areas have been getting hit pretty hard
–Chris (11/05/2018)
Q: Looking at Google Maps, there appears to be a connecting trail starting just east of Yankee Doodle Lake, continuing across the north to Rollins Pass West. Anyone know if it's actually passable and in what condition?
–Sam (08/21/2018)
Q: The stats list the duration as 4 hours and the trail is listed as out & back so I was wondering if the duration includes out & back or is that one way so the total duration would be 8 hours?
–Jared (08/09/2018)
Q: any status report on the trail?
–Nick (06/26/2018)
Q: Anyone drive this trail recently? Can you get to the top in a stock F150 or Tacoma?
–Prosper Wang (06/06/2018)
Q: What is the etiquette for the single lane shelf road portion when you come across a vehicle going the other direction?
–Josh (07/08/2017)

Trail Reviews (4)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Had a group of very well equipped Jeeps on large tires. The snow is deep and sugary through most of the trail. The beginning was very icy under a fresh layer of snow. There were a number of pretty good drifts in the really shaded parts that we really had to work to get through, but we made it almost 6 miles until we met a giant snow drift covering the road. Stock vehicles should not attempt this trail until the snow clears.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
road is open but there is a large snowdrift blocking the road at about 10327', about halfway between the entrance and exit of the Jenny Creek trail. It's not worth it to try and get past that drift, because there's another bigger one right past it.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
For the time of year, the snow is very minimal right now. There were a couple fresh inches at the beginning, but that was it really. We didn't encounter significant snow untill about waypoint 5. It appears there were some large drifts maybe a week or 2 ago, but those had been busted by previous drivers, leaving only a couple inches from the last storm. We made it almost to the lake, but we're stopped by a large, off camber, wind blown drift at 9.3 miles. No other issues or recovery needed except at the 9.3 mile mark.

Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Road is open and in good shape until about 1/2 mile before checkpoint 8. There are 3 curves that have deeps drifts. First one doesn't look as bad and then the 2nd and 3rd one are much bigger. Saw a Rubicon on 37s tackle the first set of drifts, but didn't look like he went for the second. Some side by sides came through too with no problem. With the right gear it would be doable, but I was in a stock TRD OR Tacoma.