Georgia Pass

Georgia Pass, a long bumpy ride in the Rocky Mountains

Georgia Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.535m (11,598ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Summit and Jefferson counties, in the United States. The entire route is very suitable for stock sport utility vehicles unless snow covered. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.

Located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, within the White River National Forest, the bumpy road to the summit is unpaved. It’s called Forest Road 355. The pass is 33.63km (20.9 miles) long running from Breckenridge (Summit County) to Jefferson (Park County). From Jefferson to the top of the pass is easy and can actually be driven with a "regular" car, as long as it has some ground clearance but descending towards Breckenridge from the top it’s very challenging. The road can be muddy, rocky, and difficult to traverse. Only OHV or SUVs with significant clearance should attempt to summit the pass.

Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. The average gradient is 6.2% and the maximum slope is 15.1%. The trail may be impassable in the spring because of one wet area on the upper north side. The scenery is beautiful but make sure your equipment is in good shape and you know what you are getting into. A road that heads east from the pass goes to high point at top of Glacier Peak and Whale Peak.

This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. It has spectacular close up views of Mount Guyot, the Breckenridge mountains and the South Park plains. The scenery along this route is spectacular. The route takes you through big pines, aspen forests, and alpine meadows, with plenty of panoramic vistas along the way. The views are pretty cool at the summit however it's a long bumpy ride.
Pic: Rick D.

 

 

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