Saxon Mountain Road

4.5/5 (43 reviews)
Georgetown, Colorado (Clear Creek County)
Last Updated: 05/30/2023

Trail Information



Colorado is known for high-elevation roads with stunning views. Trails like Black Bear Pass and Red Cone are obviously on that list. And Saxon Mountain deserves to be right there with them. With an exciting ascent, historical significance, and picturesque mountain scenery, Saxon Mountain is a must-visit for experienced wheelers. The trail features a continuous 4x4 climb with 20 steep switchbacks and a 4,500-foot elevation gain, culminating at an 11,500-foot summit. Along the route, you'll encounter rocky and exposed shelf roads that are both thrilling and challenging, even for the most seasoned drivers. The views are magnificent but don't take your eyes off the trail.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Saxon Mountain Road is a 6.6-mile straight-through route beginning in Georgetown and running to the top of the mountain overlooking the town. The rocky trail climbs over 3000 feet and has 20 switchbacks to negotiate. It has three sections considered obstacles and plenty of tight shelf roads.

Full exposure on shelf roads for a large portions of the trail.

This road is prone to rockslides and conditions can change quickly in bad weather.

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (44)
Official Crew
Visited: 05/30/2023

Looks like the trail is passable for the season. There may be some ice and snow in spots but it appears to have all been bashed.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/29/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Trail is passable all the way to the summit. There was some snow drifts beyond waypoint 14 but they are passable by anyone with high clearance 4x4. Expect them to be gone within a week.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Trail has some very narrow areas and one section that made my hr spike. There is a rock that came down and it hangs off into the path. I was able to squeeze my JL by it with about 6 inches from the edge of the cliff.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/20/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Impassable around waypoint 14, due to 2ft snow drifts
Official Crew
Visited: 12/01/2022

This trail travels above the timberline and is considered impassable due to snow until spring. See you next season!

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