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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    
2011-06-10 Road closures are still in effect from 8-11 AND 1-3 if you‘re coming from Georgetown. We planned our trip to get back by noon so we would miss this but we still had to wait for about 30 minutes at 12:30. WebFoot         
2011-05-27 From Clear Creek County‘s website: After two years of being closed due to a landslide, we are happy to announce that Guanella Pass Road opened for traffic at the slide site above Clear Lake at noon (Mountain Time) today - Friday May 27. Clear Creek County snow plows had been clearing the road over the summit all week. They have gotten through, a bit narrow and few icy spots, but will be making more progress as the day goes on today. With the exception of Monday, May 30, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) road construction project will continue with periodic road closures just above Georgetown on weekdays from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 3:00pm, and there will be nighttime closures Sundays through Thursday from 8pm to 6am. The FHWA road construction project is scheduled for completion in September of 2011. Jim Davies    3      
2011-05-22 Dont see how they are going to have it cleared by Memorial Day. Made it about a mile short of the winter gate closure coming up from the Grant side. Talked to a guy who came up from Georgetown - its still closed at Clear Lake Jay521         
2011-04-13 CDOT is now saying they‘re hoping to have the north side open by May 27th. http://www.coloradodot.info/travel/scenic-byways/north-central/guanella-pass Information phone line: 303-569-3251 x.2 Jim Davies         
2011-03-10 The road is fairly clear to the Geneva/Duck Lake CG turn-off, which is about 6.8 miles from 285. There is some intermittent snowpack up to that point which should be passible by 2wd vehicles. At about 7.0 miles, the road is completely snowpacked. There is a good place to turn around and park at 7.4 miles; highly recommended. There was a vehicle stuck in the road at about 7.8 miles, but was gone at the end of the day. Looked like it would be rough getting past that point. Dancesatmoonrise         
2011-03-10 Easily drove my Tacoma 7.9 miles from US 285. The last mile or so was snowpacked with some ruts starting to form which could be an issue if you don‘t have high clearance. There also are some nasty potholes on the lower section of the road. zoomie83         
2011-02-19 Made it 0.9 miles past where the plow stops comfortably in my 4runner (this is 7.7 miles from 285/Grant) SarahT         
2011-01-09 1/8 Grant side-We in a 4 runner and 2 other vehicles were able to make it about .4 miles from the winter closure. That is where all the tracks were stopping. About a mile (maybe more) below that is where the road got bad and other vehicles were parked. After snowing for over 24 hours and still going strong when we left on 1/9, there was a great deal more snow and no new vehicles made it within 1.5 miles of us. mountainmicah83         
2011-01-07 Grant side - stopped by snow at 9.5 miles (Ford Explorer 4WD). 4 miles from Trailhead. Tire tracks go further, but need high clearance. spaceman         
2010-12-26 Grant side approach - stopped by snow (Toyota Tacoma 4 WD) 0.8 mile from winter closure. Braver soul‘s tire tracks go another 0.4 mile, then snow machine track only to gate and onward to pass. Wyoming Bob         
2010-12-05 Road only becomes snowy the last four miles. Multiple 4wd vehicles made it to the winter closure at Duck Lake. I suppose an AWD or passenger car with good tires and the right person driving could also make it to the winter closure. As in the previous report, snow is drifting across the road in a few places. sdkeil         
2010-11-22 Guanella pass road from Grant is winter maintained up to Burning bear Campground. That is 5.5 miles in. The rest of the way to the Bierstadt TH is fairly passable. I drive a Subaru Wrx and had no issues till aprox 1 mile away from the TH. At this point I hit a patch of snow on the road that prevented me from going any further. A vehicle with any kind of clearance should be able to make it the whole way. thefirststraw         
2010-10-10 Clear Creek County hopes to construct a rockfall fence around November/December. weather, etc., permitting. go to their site for the most current info. http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/General/Press_Release.htm cheers IdaRed         
2010-08-08 Road to TH is CLOSED at Clear Lake. We could not get through to the pass from the Georgetown (I-70) side. tnelson         
2010-06-18 NOTICE! The road to Guanella Pass from the Georgetown side has been closed near Clear Lake due to rockslide activity and will NOT reopen until at least October, 2010. Use the Grant side (from U.S. 285) to reach Guanella Pass. Will change the driving directions for the trailhead soon... BillMiddlebrook         
2010-06-05 The North bound Guanella Pass road from Grant, CO (CO 285) is open all the way to the Guanella Pass Trailhead and and is passable for any passenger car. However, the same road from Georgetown (Southbound usually accessible from I70) is closed for the whole season due to a tenuous and risky rockslide that is increasing its rate of fall (don‘t try to go that way). vintner19         
2010-05-29 The northern approach to Guanella Pass from Georgetown will be closed all summer 2010 due to the threat of rockfall near Clear Lake. But the southern approach to Guanella Pass from Grant (off US 285) is now open to the top of the pass. 14erFred         
2010-05-29 The road is open past Duck Lake now. Saw maybe a dozen cars between both parking lots. Taking 285 to get there sucks. harrise         
2010-05-24 Ditto the last post. I actually saw a car driving up the road as I desended Saturday. I thought they had opened the gate after I‘d started that morning, but the guy had just driven around the gate. The road is in great shape, the lower parking is clear, the upper parking lot is still under a couple feet of snow. bj         
2010-05-22 From Grant, Still closed at the Duck Lake TH... really not sure why, because the road is clear to the pass. There are a couple of drifts on the right side, but you could easily get around them. bmratc         
2010-05-17 The north (Georgetown) side will be closed at Clear Lake until September 17 at least. http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/General/GuanellaPassRoadFactSheet05-17-10.pdf Jim Davies         
2010-05-04 From the Grant side: road is clear and dry to the gate at Duck Lake, which is still closed. (There are a couple of snowdrifts in the last 100 yards but you can skirt around them.) pioletski         
2010-04-18 From Grant (285), 2WDs can make it to the road closure at the Duck Lake gate, ~1.5 miles to the top. Road is almost entirely snow free below the gate, barring any major new snow. Above the gate the snow is melting fast, though there still are extended snow sections. Georgetown side still closed. JosephG         
2010-04-03 From Grant, 2WD vehicle can take you to 1.9 mi from the trailhead. There, a snowdrift makes any further progress impossible (by any auto... 4WD or otherwise). Jyak         
2010-02-27 Still navigable for vehicles with good traction to just below the gate at mile marker 12. 4WD recommended, as it is unmaintained and snowpacked for about 4 miles at the top. KeithK         

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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