Jones Pass

Gorgeous 360 degree views from this high pass.

Total Miles
6.6
Plan with onX Offroad

Elevation
3798.91

Duration
2 to 4

Technical Rating
2/10

Best Time
August

Trail Overview

You can access some really good hiking from this trail at Butler Gulch and along the Continental Divide. The views at the top of the pass are unbelievable. It's fun to get there, but there really isn't anything special to see at the bottom of the west side. Open June 15 to November 15.

Difficulty

Easy. Some embedded rock but mostly graded. Road is narrow and steep on west side of pass and may be intimidating to novice drivers.

History

From 1935 to 1950, Jones Pass was recommended for spring skiing by the Rocky Mountain News. There were three separate attempts to install lifts but all were ultimately shot down because the area was not accessible enough for large numbers of skiers. In 1937 the Colorado Mountain Club held a down-mountain Kandahar ski race in hopes to make it a yearly tradition. By 1950 plans were underway for the Interstate 70 tunnel that would go under present day Loveland Ski Area. The tunnel offered more accessible ski areas to the public.

Access Description

From Empire, travel about 7 miles north on U.S. 40. Just past Berthoud Falls, turn left forHenderson Mine before going around giant bend. Follow paved road west 1.6 miles. At gate to Henderson Mine, turn right on gravel road, F.S. 144, at sign to Jones Pass. Continue another half mile to wide parking area on left.

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