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Weston Pass

This is a fun trail that is great for beginners.

Total Miles

19

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Elevation
11,921'
Duration
2 Hours
Technical Rating
2 / 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
Weston Pass
A nice, scenic drive, especially if you like seasonal colors. There is a campground available as well as some great camping spots along the South Fork of South Platte River and Big Union Creek.
History
In the 1860s and 1870s, Weston Pass was a busy toll road for freight wagons and stagecoaches. At its peak, the road was used by hundreds each day. When the railroads reached Leadville in the early 1880s, use of the road declined rapidly. The numbered wagon-wheel signs along the road are part of an auto tour. A flyer for the tour can be picked up at forest ranger stations in Fairplay and Leadville or download from the Forest Service website.
Getting There
From Fairplay: Take Hwy. 285 south 4.7 miles and turn right on C.R. 5 between mile markers 178 and 179. Follow this road southwest 7.0 miles and stay right on C.R. 22. (If coming from the south on Highway 285, turn left on C.R. 22 between mile markers 173 and 172. Travel west 7.1 miles and turn left where C.R. 5 joins on right.) From Leadville: Take Hwy. 24 south about 7 miles and turn left on C.R. 7 to Mt. Massive Lakes. Follow reverse mileage.
Contact for Current Conditions
Pike-San Isabel N.F.
South Park R.D.
(719) 836- 2031