Napoleon Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.668m (12,034ft) above the sea level located in the Gunnison County, in Colorado, USA. It’s one of the highest mountain roads in Colorado.
The road to the summit, located within the Gunnison National Forest, is a gravel 4wd track. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The road over Napoleon Pass was used to haul ore down to Pitkin where the railroad ran up and through the Alpine Tunnel and down to St. Elmo then on out to Buena Vista.
The trail crosses some deep rivers. The road is a bit rocky and muddy in places. A 4WD vehicle and an experienced driver are recommended. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. It’s a fun, challenging ride along the west face of the Continental Divide (does not cross the divide).
Pic&video: David Viers