Difficult Pass  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: New York Peak
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR761.1A
FR123.2
1.60 11,920 to 12,170 ft. NA 1 hour
County: Gunnison, Pitkin
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Gunnison NF, Gunnison Ranger District
White River NF, Aspen Ranger District
216 N. Colorado, Gunnison, CO 81230
806 W. Hallam, Aspen, CO 81611
(970)641-0471
(970)925-3445
Summary: Difficult Pass is a short spur road above timberline that crosses the pass and drops you down to a 10th Mountain Division ski hut.
Attractions: Scenic views.
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - Closed by snow fall
Best Time: July - May still be snowed in
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows may close the pass
Trail Heads Bowman Creek Trail, FT570 - Hiking trail.
New York Creek Trail, FT2182 - Hikng Trail.
Ptarmigan Lake Trail, FT594 - Hiking Trail.
Camping: There are no dispersed sites along the Difficult Pass road.
Base Camp: This would not be a good area to base camp.
Fall Colors: NA - Entire route is above timberline.
Navigation: From Aspen head east on E Main Street and CO-82 W toward N Garmisch Street for 0.4 miles. Continue straight onto W Main Street for 354 ft. Turn right onto N 7th Street and go 479 ft. Turn left onto CO-82 W/W Hallam Street and go 0.5 miles. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Castle Creek Road and go 2.8 miles. Turn left onto Midnight Mine Road and go 3.7 miles. Continue straight onto County Road 15G for 0.2 miles. Slight left onto Upper Hurricane Road and go 1.3 miles. Upper Hurricane Road turns left and becomes Richmond Hill Road. Go 0.2 miles and turn right to stay on Richmond Hill Road. Go 7.4 miles and then turn left onto the Difficult Pass road.

History: The Goodwin-Greene hut was built in the 1970s in memory of mountaineers Peter Goodwin and Carl Greene. The hut was fully renovated in 2001.
Description:
The Difficult Pass spur road leaves the Richmond Hill Road north of Taylor Pass in a saddle below Gold Hill.
Start of Difficult Pass road

photo by:
Adam M

The road follows the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary to a saddle on the east side of Gold Hill where Difficult Pass separates Difficult Creek from a spur of Bowman Creek. From the top of the pass the road heads down a steep narrow section to a 10th Mountain Division ski hut, the Goodwin-Greene hut.
Steep section below pass

photo by:
Adam M

This short section of road from the pass is a cherry stem into the wilderness. Please stay on the road. Just below the hut the road will end at a turn around area.
Goodwin-Greene ski hut

photo by:
Adam M


Data updated - October 16, 2018       4WD Road driven - September 3, 2018       Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2018