Powerline 5  
USGS 7.5' Map: Sargents
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR680.5 2.00 9,300 to 9,960 ft. NA 0.5 hour
County: Gunnison
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Gunnison NF, Gunnison Ranger District 216 N. Colorado, Gunnison, CO 81230 (970)641-0471
Summary: The Powerline 5 road is an alternate to Black Sage Pass. It follows the high voltage powerline near Black Sage Pass.
Natural - Closed by snow fall
Best Time: June - May run into snow drifts
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows may close the road
Trail Heads  
Camping: There are a few camp sites at the top near Black Sage Pass.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp. There is a large nework of roads and motorized trails with access to Pitkin.
Fall Colors: Poor - Most of the forest is pine.
Navigation: From Sargents, CO. head northeast on US-50 E toward County Road 888 for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto County Road 888 and go 6.1 miles. Turn left onto County Road 887 and go 2.1 miles. At the intersection turn right to start FR680.5.

From Parlin, CO. head southeast on US-50 E toward County Road 43 and go 6.9 miles. Turn left onto County Road 887 and go 8.8 miles. Turn right to stay on County Road 887 and go 2.6 miles. Turn left onto the two track and head up to the powerline tower. This is FR680.5.
After turning off of the Black Sage Pass road, FR887, you will head north through the forest and come out under the high voltage Powerline. At the intersection a right will head down hill and end after a few switchbacks under a powerline tower.

Stay to the left and climb up hill through nine switchbacks under the powerline.
Powerline road

photo by:
Adam M

Once at the top you will be headed toward Wuanita Park. There will be an intersection after going through a gate. The left will take you over to Black Sage Pass. Staying straight ahead will take you to the next powerline tower. From here the road to the next powerline tower is much fainter. Past this tower the road will head over to intersect with the Black Sage Pass road. A left will take you up to the pass, a right will take you to Wuanita Park and the Wuanita Hot Springs.

Data updated - September 28, 2018       4WD Road driven - September 1, 2018       Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2018