Georgia Pass   Easy icon
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USGS 7.5' Map: Boreas Pass, Jefferson, Keystone
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR 355, Cnty 54 10.4 9,970 to 11,585 ft. Rock 2 3 hours
County: Summit and Park
Adopted by: Mile Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 7   (303)420-6592, jjcronk@juno.com
Managed by: White River Nat. Forest,
Dillon Ranger District

Pike Nat. Forest,
South Park Ranger District
680 River Parkway
Silverthorne, CO 80498

320 Hwy 285, P.O. Box 219
Fairplay, CO 80440
(970)468-5400


(719)836-2031

Summary: Georgia Pass was once a supply route between Middle Park and the mines along the Swan River. The southern approach is maintained for passenger vehicles while the northern approach requires a 4WD high clearance vehicle.
Attractions: Scenery, Mason Memorial, Moe's Cabin
Seasonal
Closure
Agency - November 23 to May 20
Best Time: June - May still be snowed in on the north side. July - Best for wildflowers.
August - Best
September - Best
October - May have early snow
Trail Heads
Accessed:
South Fork Swan, FT9088 - Hike, Equestrian, Mountain Bike, Motorcycle
Missouri Gulch Trail, FT9026 - Hike, Equestrian, Mountain Bike
Great Flume Trail, GH92 - Hike, Equestrian, Mountain Bike
Michigan Creek, FT738 - Hike, Equestrian, Mountain Bike
French Pass, FT651 - Hike, Equestrian, Mountain Bike
Camping: There are a few dispersed campsites on the south side of Georgia Pass. On the north side most of the dispersed sites are at lower elevations.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp with access to 4WD roads east of Breckenridge. Middle Fork of the Swan, North Fork of the Swan, Gold Run, and Glacier Ridge.
Fall Colors: Average - The south side has the most aspen trees.
Navigation: From Breckenridge CO. head north on North Main Street 0.4 miles to the traffic circle. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Colorado Rd 9 North / Main Street. Continue to follow Colorado Rd 9 North for 2.9 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 6 / Tiger Road. Go 6.2 miles and intersect with Middle Fork Swan Road. Continue on Middle Fork Swan Road for 0.8 miles. Turn right and cross the Middle Fork of the Swan River to start Georgia Pass from the north.

From Fairplay, CO. head southeast on Main Street toward 7th Street for 0.4 miles. Turn left onto US-285 North and go 14.0 miles to a left turn onto County Rd 35. Go 3.6 miles to a left turn onto County Rd 54 / Michigan Creek Road. Go 2.4 miles to a slight left to stay on County Rd 54 / Michigan Creek Road to start Georgia Pass from the south.
History: Georgia Pass divides the South Fork of the Swan River on the north side from Michigan Creek on the south side. Both Utes and Arapaho Indians used the pass considerably. Trappers and prospectors frequented the route over Georgia Pass before the Civil War. In the mid 1800's miners from the east used the pass heavily to reach the mines along the Blue River and the Swan River. By 1861 a toll road charter was approved. By 1873 when Hayden's surveyors visited the area they noted that the pass was easy to cross by the established wagon road.

The town of Jefferson, named after Jefferson Territory, an extralegal government honoring President Thomas Jefferson created before the Territory of Colorado, is at the southern end of Georgia Pass. After the mining boom in the early 1860's when Jefferson supplied the prospectors, it become a train station on the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad.

The northern side of Georgia Pass dropped down to the Swan River where many small mining camps attest to the amount of ore in the region. Parkville, or Park City, was below Georgia Pass on the Swan River and was one of the best mining camps in Summit County. The first gold was found in 1859. By 1860 Parkville was made county seat and an estimated three million dollars in gold was produced during the first two years. A mint was soon established by J.J. Conway and Company which produced $10 gold pieces. After the placer gold was played out, lode mining began. Once it pinched out hydraulics were used to wash the gold from the hill sides. All of this activity in the narrow valley that housed Parkville became the towns demise. By 1880 the tailings from all the mining activities had buried the town.
Description:
Georgia Pass offers the most challenge on the north side of the pass. After crossing the Middle Fork of the Swan River you will pass through the area where Parkville once stood. Turn left onto FR355 and head up the gulch of the South Fork of the Swan River.

Starting up Georgia Pass from the Swan River

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

You will pass some openings in the forest on the right side of the road along the South Fork of the Swan River. You will come to a spur road on the right that crosses the South Fork and ends at a loop and possible campsite. Stay left on the main road and continue into the trees. After a while you will pass Moe's Cabin on the right. As you head up the road you will come to an intersection. Stay left here, the right connects over to the South Fork Swan motorcycle trail.

Through the forest

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

Very shortly you will come to another intersection. The left goes to the Missouri Gulch Trail, stay right, where you will come to another intersection with the right going to the South Fork Swan trail again. Stay left here and continue up the valley as the road gets rougher. You will come to a Y in the road. Both sides will continue up the valley and reconnect. After the reconnection you will pass an open meadow on the left side of the road. Here a short switchback climbs higher toward the pass. On the right you will pass a connection with the Great Flume trail.

Rougher section

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

You will continue to climb through the trees as the road gets steeper before coming out into a more open area. Here you will be just below the pass.

Opening just below the pass

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

Just before reaching the top of the pass you will pass a spur road on the right, FR355.1C, which goes just over three quarters of a mile to the east side spur of Mt. Guyot. The top of the pass is wide with few trees.

Sign at the pass

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

At the top of Georgia Pass there are views of South Park to the south. To your left is the Glacier Ridge, FR258, 4WD road. Continuing on over Georgia Pass the road is now a maintained county road that is graded gravel. No un-licensed vehicles are allowed on the county road. Just behind the sign is a spur road that accesses a few camp spots in the trees. On your descent, as you come around the first switchback you will pass a spur road on the right that goes to a camp spot. The road heads down through the pines where you will come to a sharp switchback, off of this switchback is the Michigan Creek Trail. The road will now cross the upper part of Michigan Creek and then head back into the pines and run along the west side of the creek. At a wide sweeping curve the road will cross Johnson Creek. The road will then make another wide sweeping curve crossing French Creek, passing French Pass trailhead on the right, and about three campsites on the left side of the road.

The road will head back into the pines and shortly pass another camp site on the left side of the road. Continuing you will come to another sharp hairpin curve to the left. On the curve there will be an intersection with the Volz, FR136, road to the right. After the hairpin curve the road will drop down and cross Michigan Creek again, passing a few camp sites on the left side of the road. Next you will pass the Michigan Creek Forest Service campground on the right side of the road and then come to an intersection with the Ohler, FR870, road on the left and County Road 54 continuing right, heading out toward Jefferson.
Data updated: September 15, 2022       4WD Road driven: August 4, 2022       Copyright 4X4Explore - 2000-2022