Williams Pass

Williams Pass in CO is for experienced drivers only

Williams Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.593m (11,788ft) above the sea level located on the boundary of Chaffee and Gunnison counties, in the U.S. state of Colorado.

Set high on the border of San Isabel and Gunnison National Forests, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Williams Pass Jeep Trail (NFST #298). It’s a narrow, rocky mud bog trail. The road is very challenging: expect long stretches of bumpy road. The trail runs south-north from the Alpine Tunnel National Forest System Road #839 (NFSR) to the Continental Divide onto NFSR #295. The road is very steep and hits an 8% of maximum gradient.

4x4 vehicles with high clearance only. After rains, trail conditions can be too wet and muddy for safe travel. Running through a pristine alpine meadow, the road follows an old 1880s toll road. The road was closed for 12 years and reopened again in 1997, though it is only open for the month of August each year (weather permitting). Some years it doesn’t open at all.
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