Weston Pass

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4.4/5 (38 reviews)
Leadville, Colorado (Lake County)
Last Updated: 11/01/2023
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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.

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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.

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4.4/5 (38)
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Visited: 10/29/2023

Recent snow storms have blanketed the trail creating dangerous driving conditions and rendering the trail impassable.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/14/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was a pleasant trail connecting Fairplay to Leadville. The was a little rough in a few areas but not too bad. There wasn't much snow on the pass and didn't see anyone else on the trail. The Fall colors were nice to see.
Visited: 10/08/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail to see the fall colors in the beginning. Middle of the trail you lose the aspens but still worth it. Trail rating of 2 is perfect as it has some rocks for most parts.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/01/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Epic drive for fall colors. Not too busy on a Sunday.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy trail, a little bumpy in spots. Great views and a nice way to cut across to Leadville.

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