Napoleon Pass

Total Miles
6.2

Elevation

3,670.13 ft

Duration

2.5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Difficult

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Climb along Continental Divide with 12,000-foot views at Napoleon Pass. You'll cross several creeks, so expect to get muddy. Take time to explore Tincup Cemetery and the old Gold Cup Mine. This route may close unexpectedly for weather.

Photos of Napoleon Pass

Napoleon Pass
Napoleon Pass
Napoleon Pass

Difficulty

Difficult. No obstacles, just a mix of good-size rocks, big tree roots and mud. Trail follows creek, so it is rarely dry. Narrow sections are more difficult when wet and slippery. Don't hesitate to turn around if the slipperiness becomes dangerous. Stay on the trail and don't cut corners. Steep climb just before the pass may intimidate inexperienced drivers.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Richard Munoz Jr.
Aug 05, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
Bob Luecke
Jul 05, 2023
SxS
Obstructed
Deep Snow
Thomas Craig
Jul 02, 2023
SxS
Obstructed
Deep Snow

Access Description

We start at the White Church in Tincup, which can be reached via Trail #37 from St. Elmo or via F.S. 765 from the Taylor Park Trading Post at the Taylor Reservoir.

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