Weston Pass

4.4/5 (26 reviews)
Leadville, Colorado (Lake County)
Last Updated: 08/21/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Once known as the "Road To Riches", Weston Pass was once an extremely busy wagon road traveled by thousands of gold fevered miners, connecting the towns of Fairplay and Leadville. These days it is an easy dirt road that travels through the Pike-San Isabel National Forest connecting Lake County and Park County and traveled by outdoor enthusiasts looking for high alpine views, wilderness hikes, great camping, and spectacular fall colors.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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.

Trail Reviews

4.4/5 (26 reviews)
Dave
900
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fall colors are starting as of 9/16/22. Definitely a worthwhile drive and easy in a 4Runner, the west side was a little more worn than the east. Still some camp sites available.
Dave
900
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fall colors are starting as of 9/16/22. Definitely a worthwhile drive and easy in a 4Runner, the west side was a little more worn than the east. Still some camp sites available.
Ray
6300
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy and scenic drive that gets progressively rougher (potholes/small rocks) as you head east. Camped on the east side and slept to the sounds of the creek down the hill. Colors were changing in sparse sections. Fall is here!
Trail Review: Weston Pass - Ray
Trail Review: Weston Pass - Ray
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Tracy Barker
Official Crew
28100
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I drove Weston Pass on Sunday, 8-21-2022. A few of us had camped near Leadville, and took Weston Pass back to US 285 via County Road 22. (US 285 is closed 100-yards north of CR 22, where the bridge over South Fork South Platte River is being rebuilt). Weston Pass is in good condition, relatively, but be aware of potential erosion and cautious of water puddles due to rain.
Trail Review: Weston Pass - Tracy Barker
Trail Review: Weston Pass - Tracy Barker
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Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 08/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Makes a decent loop with Mosquito pass. Highly recommend adding the short side road if you want a little more interesting wheeling experience. Great views on the main route just don't expect anything technical.

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