Glacier Ridge  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Boreas Pass, Keystone
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Difficult 8 FR258 5.00 12,240 ft. Rock - 1 2-4 hours
County: Summit
Adopted by: Mile Hi Jeep Club - Patrol 7    
Managed by: White River Nat. Forest, Dillon Ranger District 680 River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 80498 (970)468-5400
Summary: Glacier Ridge is a difficult 4WD road due to the section just above the Swan River. The upper part from Georgia Pass is not difficult, but is above timberline and very exposed.
Attractions: Obstacle, Scenic Views
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - Glacier Ridge is closed by snow and remains closed late into the year due to its north exposure.
Best Time: July - Some parts of the 4WD road may still be closed by snow drifts.
August - Best. Late in the month watch out for afternoon thunderstorms and lightning.
September - Best. Look for aspen colors mid to late in the month.
October - Snow possible late
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are no dispersed campsites along the Glacier Ridge route due to its exposed nature.
Base Camp: This area would be a good place to base camp and explore the many 4WD roads east of Breckenridge.
Fall Colors: Good - There are aspen groves in the valley along the Swan River.
Navigation: From Breckenridge, CO. head north on Main Street toward East Lincoln Ave for 0.2 miles. Take the second right onto Wellington Road and go 1.1 miles. Continue onto County Rd 2/French Gulch Road for 2.8 miles. Turn left onto County Rd 567 and go 0.8 miles. Take the first right to stay on County Rd 567 and go 2.2 miles. Turn right onto South Fork Swan Road and climb up to Georgia Pass, 3.6 miles. At the top of Georgia Pass take the left road that runs along the top of the ridge to the east. This is the Glacier Ridge 4WD road.

From Breckenridge, CO. to the east end of Glacier Ridge head north on Main Street toward East Lincoln Ave for 0.7 miles. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Colorado-9 North/Main Street. Continue to follow Colorado-9 north for 2.9 miles and turn right onto the Tiger Road. Go 6.2 miles and continue onto the Middle Fork Swan Road. Go 6.0 miles to a right turn that crosses the Middle Fork of the Swan River. This is the Glacier Ridge 4WD road.

From Jefferson, CO. head northwest on County Rd 54 toward Crosier Street and go 5.3 miles. Take a slight left to stay on County Rd 54 and go 1.3 miles. Turn right to stay on County Rd 54 and go 4.2 miles. Turn left to stay on County Rd 54 and go 0.9 miles. Take the first right to stay on County Rd 54 and go 0.3 miles. At the curve take the road to the right, this is the Glacier Ridge 4WD road.
History:  
Description:
Starting from the top of Georgia Pass, FR355, Glacier Ridge heads northeast along the north side of the Continental Divide. It crosses open tundra above timberline with Glacier Peak south of the road. The road is mainly a two track and it follows the contour of the terrain. There will be a section where the road crosses a side slope hill, but the angle is not that extreme.
Glacier Ridge side hill. July 2000

photo by:
Adam M

After about 2.5 miles there will be a spot where you overlook a cirque below Glacier Peak.
Glacier Ridge top section. July 2000

photo by:
Adam M

From here the road will wind to the northwest and head down into the trees. You will pass through some small meadows and continue around a rounded hill. The road will drop down even further into a drainage off of Glacier Peak and then enter into heavier timber.
Glacier Ridge road down into the forest. July 2000

photo by:
Adam M

After about 4.5 miles you will come to the top of S.O.B. Hill. This is the main obstacle of Glacier Ridge.
Glacier Ridge SOB hill start. July 2000

photo by:
Adam M

In the past it was considered a one way down section of road. Today buggies and rock crawlers have climbed it. This section of the road is made up of large boulder strewn in the roadbed. It is 50 yards long and fairly steep. Going down S.O.B. Hill is mainly picking the right path and letting gravity do the work. Coming up S.O.B. Hill requires much more work to deal with the steepness and slick conditions.

Below the obstacle the road will continue to head down toward the Middle Fork of the Swan River, FR6.2. You will pass a short spur road on the right, FR324, that goes to an old mine site. Lower, by the river, is a section of private property. At the Middle Fork of the Swan river there is a shallow crossing that will get you to FR6.2, to the left is the way to Breckenridge.
Data updated - June 13, 2016        4WD Road driven - July 9, 2000        Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2016