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Guanella Pass Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Front Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Bierstadt, Mt. Evans
Road Type:  2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD easy dirt road to the trailhead in summer.
Directions:  From the north: Take the Georgetown exit off of Interstate 70. Drive through Georgetown and follow the signs for the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway. Drive 12 miles to the top of Guanella Pass (11,700) and park in one of the two large, paved parking areas on either side of the road. The Bierstadt trail starts near the parking area on the east side of the road. The upper parking area (on the west side of the pass) has restrooms.
From the south: Take US 285 west from Denver or east from Fairplay. Drive to the town of Grant which is about 12 miles west of Bailey. In Grant, turn north on the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway and drive approx. 13 miles to Guanella Pass.
Winter Access:  From the north: Usually only plowed to the campground approx. 3 miles below Guanella Pass. From the south: Usually plowed to Duck Lake, approx. 1.75 miles below the pass.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2010-01-16 In case you don‘t read down further you can‘t access the pass from Georgetown. You need to hit it from the Grant side. We were able to make it all the way to the winter closure (about 1.5 miles from the top of the pass) in a 2wd vehicle with no problems. comin2getcha         
2010-01-09 Mostly clear to the gate. A few snow drifts about 0.5 mi from the closure may give 2WD vehicles some trouble Monster5         
2009-12-20 Road is clear all the way to the gate 1.5 miles away from the TH drummerjohn         
2009-12-05 Clear from Grant, CO (285) to 1.5 miles below TH, where gate is closed. Four miles of washboard dirt lower down; upper section is paved. 2wd should be able to make it to the gate without problems as of today. Hike from gate to TH about 30 minutes. Dancesatmoonrise         
2009-11-20 Road is snow-free, except for a few packed snow/ice sections lower down, until ~1-1.5 miles from the TH. Then a couple inches, but good solid vehicle tracks all the way to the TH. Anything w/clearance will be fine. JosephG         
2009-11-01 A few patchy areas of snow and ice within a mile of the TH but pretty easy to navigate around. Not much new snow from the recent storm. geno71         
2009-10-24 The road to Guanella Pass from Grant is snow packed for about the last 1.5 miles. The snow starts just after the nice newer pavement ends. It would be best to have 4WD with good tires. On the way down around 8:30 am it was snowing down lower but there wasn't any depth on the road yet. It will depend how this weather shapes up if it melts or accumulates. MountainHiker         
2009-10-12 Open from Grant side on (10/12). No snow on road geno71         
2009-09-30 Hiked on 9/26. Trailhead was easy to get to with a regular car. The hike was snowy (knee-deep in parts) but I was able to hike up in 2 hrs, 15 min in tennis shoes. Melting snow/mud made for a slippery hike down. lzinsmaster11         
2009-09-01 Can still access from Grant side (using highway 285). Georgetown side is closed. Big14erBuff         
2009-08-25 Guanella Pass is CLOSED for the season due to rockslide. You cannot get there from Georgetown. Nelson         
2009-08-01 August 1, 2009: I counted 237 cars parked in upper and lower lots and along the road. Two stop lights timed to about 10 minutes and a sedan can make it from Georgetown but it is a bit rough and muddy in places. No, seriously, 237 cars. Johnson         
2009-07-30 just drive up 285 tried to hike 7/29 was coming up pass from I 70 thru georgetown, road closed signs but also drive with caution. went past sign to see 1 guy in bulldozer doing work with his truck blocking the road at 5 am on a Wednesday morning!!! seems to spotty to know when its a good time to get thru larkinrx2         
2009-07-30 just drive up 285 tried to hike 7/29 was coming up pass from I 70 thru georgetown, road closed signs but also drive with caution. went past sign to see 1 guy in bulldozer doing work with his truck blocking the road at 5 am on a Wednesday morning!!! seems to spotty to know when its a good time to get thru larkinrx2         
2009-07-21 7/12/09 (Sunday). We drove from Georgetown to the TH at 5 pm. The first 6 miles from Georgetown are under construction. We encountered 2 traffic lights along this stretch. If you catch the red light, it takes 10 minutes to get the green again. The road is closed 8am-11am, then 1pm-3pm (M-F), then closed from 9pm-6am according to the flagman. During construction hours, the flagmen monitor the traffic flow, otherwise it is the traffic lights. The road was in good condition otherwise. Jessie_s Dad         
2009-07-17 Call 303-569-3251 x2 to check on the status. As of today the road is closed Mo-Fr 8-11AM & 1-3PM and Su-Th: 9PM-6AM. Marcos         
2009-07-09 There is construction on the Guanella Pass road from the Georgetown direction. This includes road closures from 8-11am and 1-3pm on the weekdays for sure, I don‘t know about the weekends. Construction starts at 7am and expect delays up to 1/2 hour until about 6pm. nina         
2009-05-25 We also did Bierstadt on May 24th. It is smooth sailing from the Grant side of the pass with no construction worries at all. gpeoples         
2009-05-24 As of May 24, the road is open. The one-way traffic lights are still in tact, but seem to run pretty smoothly (we didn‘t wait long when we were stalled by the lights). I‘d suggest a call ahead if you‘re planning to drive the pass during the week in case the road closures (due to the construction) still apply. oriiion         
2009-05-18 As of 5/17/2009, the road is still closed on the Georgetown side, but the road is completely clear all the way to the pass. Still a couple of (working!) traffic lights for one-way traffic during road work. CarpeDM         
2009-05-16 Drove up Grant side yesterday still has gate closed at Duck Lake, still lots of snow around up there. gsellers         
2009-05-11 Construction M-F from 9am-11am, then 1pm-3pm. If you make the window in between 11am-1pm, you will still have mandatory wait of 30min for the crews to get out of the way. Plan on getting on the pass early (6-7am), or right at 11am. From Georgetown (I70) you can get to within 1.5 miles of the Bierstadt TH. Ample parking exists at the turnaround. Make sure no evening construction is taking place, I almost got stuck and I know of two who spent the evening in their vehicle. jstouder         
2009-04-13 Open to the campground. Packed snow to the Pass. Road *closures* Mo-Fr, 9pm-6am, plus sporadic time throughout the day. Open Sa/Su, but single lane with traffic signals in a couple of spots. akiggins         
2008-12-01 Road is closed 3 miles from the trailhead as of 12/1/08. Road construction also causes further delays Bridger         
2008-11-15 Road is still open all the way. Minor ice on the lower sections above Georgetown, snowpacked but not bad just below treeline. Still passable by any vehicle with decent tires! mtnmike         

The view after passing through the fence at the TH (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-05-10)The closest parking area to the Bierstadt Trail (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-05-20)The turn–off on the west side of the pass for additional parking and restrooms (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-05-20)Recent photo of parking lot closest to TH (bathrooms) (Added by: Jessie_s Dad on 2009-07-21)Mt. Bierstadt viewed from closest parking lot at TH (Added by: Jessie_s Dad on 2009-07-21)

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