Colorado Hikes: Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass
Boreas Pass looks like the Oncler came through with his ax cutting down Truffela trees. These stumps are from trees cut down to make the railroad that went through here – in the 1800’s!

What: Colorado Hikes
Where: Boreas Pass
Length: 6.6 miles one way (you can drive most of this)
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Directions: Go through the Town of Breckenridge, and when you pass the Breckenridge Brewery you go a couple blocks to a light where Boreas Road is well-marked. Follow this road all the way through, making no turns until you come to Road 50 at the other end near Como.
Photos: In addition to the photos below, here is a complete slide show of Boreas Pass.

This trail used to be a railroad line, although I don’t see how they could get a rail car through the pass in winter. As it is, the trail is closed to road traffic in winter and becomes a back-country ski destination.

Boreas Pass is a great family hike as you can drive up to the ranger station for great views and hike as high as you like. The pass sits along the Continental Divide. We waited out a storm before our hike and when we got out of the car, my son watched the puddles running both east and west.  Pretty cool. In order to get the trains through in winter, drift fences were built along the track to keep the snow away. You can still see the tree stumps from the trees they cut to make the fence. It looks like the Oncler came through cutting Truffela trees. I fully expected to see the Lorax pop out of the many trucks dotting the landscape.

Boreas Pass
Boreas Pass sits on the Continental Divide.
Boreas Pass
On the way from Breckenridge we passed this water tower, which made me think of Thomas the Tank Engine. Where was Thomas, James and the rest of the gang?
Boreas Pass
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass
Boreas Pass was originally a railroad track.

Here are more family friendly hikes in Breckenridge…

No Pressure: Three easy hikes from downtown Breckenridge

Colorado Hikes: Gold Run Trail (Preston Mill Ghost Town) 

Colorado Hikes: McCollough Gulch Trail

Colorado Hikes: Iowa Mine Trail 

Colorado Hikes: Sawmill Creek Trail 

Colorado Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park  (This one isn’t in Breck, but it’s amazing)

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