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Boreas Pass
Summit County, Colorado
Pike National Forest, White River National Forest
Dillon Ranger District, South Park Ranger District
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County Roads: 10, 33
Trail Type: Straight Through
Nearby Towns: Breckenridge, Como
Nearby Trails: Georgia Pass, Peak 10, Crystal Lakes, Michigan Creek, Jefferson Cutoff, Rock Creek Hills
Trail Length: 17 miles
Elevation: 9,842 to 11,525 feet

This scenic and mellow trail connects Breckenridge and Como, effectively connecting I-70 and Highway 285. It is a very easy trail not requiring 4-wheel drive or high clearance at any point. A passenger car could do this trail slowly without any issues. The section of trail from Breckenridge to the pass is a bit rougher and less well-maintained than the section from the pass to Como.

Starting from Breckenridge, you first come to Bakers Tank. The trail itself used to be a railroad line and this tank served the railroad. It has been preserved and there is an informational sign on it.

The trail then climbs to the Continental Divide and the remnants of the collection of buildings at Boreas Pass. This is also where you cross from Summit County into Park County.

The pass is preserved as a tourist attraction of sorts, with lots of helpful signs and a clean pit toilet. It also features some buildings (one of which is for rent during the cross country skiing months) and a railroad car. There is plenty of room to park and the views are gorgeous. You can see a part of South Park in the distance.

The way down is a bit easier than the way up, with a smooth dirt road all the way to Como. There are no major climbs or descents, and it never gets rocky or very loose. The trail ends in the town of Como which is right next to Highway 285.

Information last updated on August 3rd, 2009.

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Driving Directions

From Denver, go to Breckenridge via I-70 and Highway 9. Go almost all the way through town, and when you pass the Breckenridge Brewery you go a couple blocks to a light where Boreas Road is well-marked. Follow this road all the way through, making no turns until you come to Road 50 at the other end near Como.

If you come from the other end, take Highway 285 to Como. Follow the only road through town until the pavement ends. You will see signs to Boreas Pass on your right.

Meeting Places

Meet at the Starbucks next to the gas station at Downieville, exit 234 off of I-70.

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High-End Rating: 2
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Trail Photographs

By Bakers Tank Buildings in Boreas Blue Skies

Maps and Coordinates
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Boreas Pass (GPS Exchange File)
Boreas Town Site (Google Earth Placemark)
Boreas Pass Trailhead (Google Earth Placemark)
Boreas Pass Track (Google Earth Track)

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