Napoleon Pass

12,000-foot views from Napoleon Pass and the opportunity to visit Tincup Cemetery and an old mine

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2 to 3

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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.


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.

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.