County Road 36

County Road 36

County Road 36 is a high mountain gravel trail located in Hinsdale County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado, climbing up to 3.952m (12,965ft) above the sea level.

The trail is 4.9 miles long. It’s rough, steep and narrow. A high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicle, ATV, or motorcycle is required. The road is totally impassable in winters. The road many switchbacks up as it follows the creek. It climbs up to the Upper Carson ghost town, situated almost directly on the Continental Divide at nearly 12,000 feet and ends at the battered remains of the Old Carson mine site. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold. Adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the road. It can often be treacherous, with ice and snow accumulating even in the summer, so exercise caution as you make your way.