Boreas Pass

The hubby and I thoroughly enjoy doing some off-roading and since he had Sunday and Monday off for Memorial Day, we decided to go out and try one of the trails in our Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails book.  Last fall we did Georgia Pass, a trail that leads from the small town of Jefferson on Highway 285 to Breckenridge.  It was a nice little trail.  Nothing too crazy but a good trail for one of our first off-road adventures in Colorado.  This can’t really so much be said for Boreas Pass.

You can just see Breckenridge on the right side down there.

In the book, it’s marked as “easy” but there is an option for “unpaved”, which is much more accurate for this road.  It’s just a dirt road.  It gets a little rocky at points, but small rocks that any car could make it over.  Just to prove my point, we saw a Honda Fit and a Volvo station wagon that had stopped to camp off the side of the road.  We decided my little Pontiac Sunfire that I used to drive could have easily made it.  This was a little disappointing since we were looking for something a little more challenging.

However, I do have to admit, it was a beautiful, nice, relaxing drive.  I would LOVE to go do it again in the fall because there are aspen lining the trail on the way up to the Continental Divide as well as on the way down.

How Do I Get There?!

If you start in Breckenridge, you’ll turn left on Boreas Pass, which is a light once you get past the main part of town on 9.  From there, you follow the road the entire way to Como, where you’ll hit 285 to head to either Fairplay (right) or Denver (left).   There really aren’t any places where you could get lost.  When you get closer to Como, the road does come to a T, but there is a sign directing you to turn left.

There are plenty of places to turn off to stop and have a snack, take pictures or whatever.  Most of the road is also wide enough for two cars to easily pass each other.  A few spots are a little tight for two cars, but just be aware of the spots where you can pull off to the sides.

On a normal (non-smoky) day, you’d be able to see for miles here, but it’s still a gorgeous view.

Why Do I Want To Do This?!

A few things I loved about this trail: beautiful views, pretty trees, it’s got some history along the way and it goes over the Continental Divide.  I’m trying to compile as many pictures of Continental Divide signs as I can.  I got two more today: Loveland Pass and Boreas Pass.

I’d definitely recommend this road for someone who wants to do some off-roading but either doesn’t have a good vehicle for it or doesn’t really know how do drive off-road.  It’s also good if you just want a nice, relaxing Sunday drive.  Maybe take the kids out for a little adventure.

You can even trick the kids into learning a little bit of Colorado railroad history.

The views are beautiful but be prepared for the weather.  As anyone in Colorado will tell you, you have to be prepared for afternoon storms in the summer and if you plan on stopping, bring a jacket no matter what time of year it is.  Today it was near 70 in Denver, but in the 30s in Breckenridge and on the trail.  I got out to take some pictures and man, I was glad I had grabbed a sweatshirt!

Has anyone else done any good off-road trails lately?


4 thoughts on “Boreas Pass

  1. Pingback: Couch to Survivor Mud Run: Week Four and a Half | theblondelawyer

  2. I was raised in Gunnison — you should try the Alpine Tunnel trail – and the passes up around Tincup and Gunnison. There is also a nice off-road above Lake Irwin which is above Crested Butte. Lots of great places to see — have fun!

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