Weston Pass starts as a paved road through a neighborhood and quickly changes to dirt and enters the National Forest. The entire western route is a wide, mostly graded dirt road with a handful of rough rocky sections and some mud puddles. The eastern side of the pass is suitable for 2wd vehicles as it is much more maintained on that end due to several hiking trailheads.
There are plenty of dispersed campsites on both ends of the pass. There is even an improved USFS campground on the eastern side.
1. Weston Pass Western Trailhead
Weston Pass begins as a paved road just off of Highway 24. There are several markers to note the turn including a directional sign about a 1/4 mile before the turn on the highway, the Lake County Road 7 sign, a long row of mailboxes, and also the Mt. Massive Lakes directional sign.
Continue down the paved road for the next 2 miles past many driveways and neighborhood entrances. Depending on the size of your group, this is the ideal location to air down if you are going to do so.
2. Pavement Ends
The road turns to dirt at just before 2.5 miles. The road is not very wide, nor does it have good visibility, so attempting to air down here is not a good idea.
3. Road Split - Stay Right
As you come to the first Y intersection along the road, continue to the right. The left is a private drive.
4. Camp Spot
This is the first of many camp spots along the road. It is very grassy but could also be soggy with a lot of rain.
5. Camp Spot
This is a large camp spot suitable for several vehicles and tents.
6. Camp Spot
This camp spot is a nice pull-through spot for someone with a trailer. It is right next to the creek providing a relaxing ambiance.
7. Camp Spot
Another pull-through type camp spot with plenty of wide-open flat ground.
8. Large Camp Spot
This large established camp spot would be ideal for large groups as there is a ton of open, flat space, and a large fire pit.
9. Camp Spot
This spot is a little more secluded as it is off the road and down by the creek.
10. Waterfall on Left
This small pullout on the left as the road begins to curve, marks the location of a nice waterfall.
11. FSR 150 - Stay Right / Southeast
Stay to the right as the road splits with FSR 150.
12. Unknown Road - Stay Right / Southeast
Stay to the right at this unknown road split.
13. Weston Pass Hut Entrance- Continue Straight
Continue straight along the main road. This is the entrance for the Weston Pass Hut which is a private hut available for rent.
14. Weston Pass Hut
This is the Weston Pass Hut which is a private rental unit that provides amazing views for its renters. Check out the website for more details: www.westonpasshut.com.
15. Weston Pass Summit
You have now reached the 11,921' Weston Pass summit and have entered into the Pike National Forest. The road changes over to County Road 22 at this point. Continue your descent down the pass towards Fairplay.
16. FSR 162 - Stay Straight, Downhill
Stay to the right going downhill. FSR 162 is the hard left turn you see here which is a more difficult route that parallels Weston Pass road. If you are in a long-wheelbase vehicle, or one with low ground clearance, avoid this spur.
17. FSR 162 - Stay Straight, Downhill
Continue down the road. FSR 162 reconnects at this juncture.
18. Camp Spot
The eastern side of the pass is just as riddled with camp spots as the western side. This particular spot is a nice pull-through spot with a great view across the beaver pond. Although we did not see any wildlife at the time, it's highly likely you would see wildlife in this area.
19. Weston Pass Campground
Weston Pass Campground is an improved, first come first served campground that charges around $15 per night. The campground only operates in the summer months.
According to the Forest Service, "Weston Pass Campground is located adjacent to Buffalo Peaks Wilderness on the east side. It has 14 campsites with a maximum trailer length of 25 feet; elevation is 10,200 feet; camping season begins in May and continues to early October with reduced service. Facilities include toilets, tables, and fire rings. There is no water or trash service at this campground. You must pack everything out."
20. Rich Creek Trailhead
This is the trailhead for Rich Creek, which provides access into the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. Combining this with Tumble Creek Trail (aka Rough and Tumbling Trail) you can form a loop of about ten miles. There is room for roughly a dozen vehicles here.
21. Weston Pass Eastern Trailhead
Weston Pass ends at the intersection of County Road 5. This is the ideal location to air back up as there is a lot of space and great visibility for other drivers. From this point, you are 7 miles from Highway 285 either direction you head. Take a left to head towards Fairplay, or take a right to head towards Antero Junction, Colorado Springs, and Buena Vista.