Webster Pass, Handcart Gulch

Really fun trail with great scenery.

Total Miles

10

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Elevation
12,096'
Duration
2 to 3 Hours
Technical Rating
4 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Webster Pass, Handcart Gulch
Snow can remain on the south side of this trail well into summer, so it is best to start in Montezuma to get to Webster Pass. You won't be able to drive Handcart Gulch if there is any snow at the top. Red Cone is an alternative trail to reach Webster Pass, but keep in mind it is one way.
History
In the late 1870s, the road up Handcart Gulch and over Webster Pass was an important mining road into Montezuma and Breckenridge. The road was built by William Emerson Webster and the Montezuma Silver Mining Company. The townsite of Webster and a cemetery are located northeast of the intersection of Highway 285 and Park County Road 60. Not much is left to see. Handcart Gulch got its name from handcarts used by miners to carry supplies up the valley. The road has remained open largely through the efforts of the state’s 4-wheeling community.
Getting There
To drive south from Montezuma: Get off Route 6 at east end of Keystone Ski Area following signs to Montezuma Road. Head south on Montezuma Road 5.2 miles where pavement ends. Continue into town of Montezuma. Unlicensed vehicles can stage south of Waypoint 02. To drive north from Highway 285: Follow directions to Waypoint 01 for Red Cone, Trail #76.
Contact for Current Conditions
White River N.F.
Dillon R.D.
(970) 468- 5400