|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||11331 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Nederland|
|Official Road Name:||117|
|Management Agency:||Arapaho Nationa Forest|
|District:||Boulder Ranger District|
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.
Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Wet with snow drifts on the road.|
|Fall:||Dry with potential light snow cover|
|Winter:||Snow the get deeper the further you travel up the road.|
Beginning of Rollins Pass East with a large parking lot for trailers and groups to air down.
Section of shelf road that is eroding. Use caution and watch for oncoming traffic since there is no passing here. If you look over the edge you can see a car mangled at the bottom.
A left turn to an unmarked trail. Stay right (East) to continue on Rollins Pass East.
Section of rocky road, one of the areas to give this trail its level 3 rating.
Another section of rocky road, giving this trail its current rating of level 3.
Right turn to Jenny Creek jeep trail, stay left (East) to continue on Rollins Pass East
A nice Scenic area with an amazing view.
Yankee Doodle Lake has some challenging fishing and can be a destination of this trail. Also, the Jenny Creek jeep trail ends here meeting back up with Rollins Pass East.
A right turn up a short spur trail to Jenny Lake. It's located just below the Needles Eye Tunnel with excellent views of the continental divide above. Also, a good fishing lake with crystal clear water.
Block in the road marking the end of the trail. The trail has been blocked since 1990 after a piece of the ceiling fell in the tunnel injuring a Denver firefighter. You can hike to the Needles Eye Tunnel from here if you would like but cannot enter the tunnel due to a wall built at the entrance.
Starting Point: Rollinsville, CO