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Breckenridge Divide 4x4 Tour-Alpine Adventures

Take the plunge and explore the area between Highway 285 and Breckenridge.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 53.1 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Trail Rating:
Boreas Pass - 2
Georgia Pass - 4
Glacier Ridge - 5 This Section can be Skipped

Season: Late June to October check for... more »

Tips:  Trail Rating 5 out of 10:
#5 - Road surfaces are rutted, rocky and sandy with steps not exceeding 14". Water not exceeding 12" with... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Historic Railway Water Tower

Bakers Tank - This tank used to serve the old Steam Engines and is maintained to keep the history alive.

2. Boreas Pass (Historic Buildings)

(el. 3499 m./11481 ft.)

The pass was formerly known as Breckenridge Pass in the 1860s, when it served as an early route for thousands of prospectors during the Colorado Gold Rush who crossed from South Park to look for gold in the valley of the Blue around Breckenridge. The buildings at the top of the pass housed the workers to keep Boreas Pass... More

3. Original Railroad Tracks

This quaint little section of track really gives you an idea of what the original route was like. The narrow sections sheer drop offs and evidence of blasting holes in the rocks on this cliff. Great place for photos!!

4. Historic Cabin

This neat little cabin sits right at the base of Boreas Pass on the North Side. If your not paying attention you will miss it in the trees.

This classic structure was built in 1897 to replace the original building that burnt down a few years prior. It now operates as a B&B.

6. Como Roundhouse

This old roundhouse was built in 1881 by Italian stonemasons who may have given Como its name. There was more but the wooden portion of the roundhouse burnt down decades ago.

7. Georgia Pass

Elevation 11,585 ft.

From this point you can go North and skip the hard section of the trip. Or you can go east and jump on the loop which is the hardest part of the trip.

At the summit of the pass you can look south into the historic South Park area and north to Summit County. With high peaks East (Glacier Pk) and West (Mt Guyout) of you.

8. Steep Climb

This climb up to Glacier Ridge is just as steep as the climb to come when going up Glacier Peak. This should be done in 4lo.

The name Glacier Ridge comes from the fact that there is an ice cornice to the South that hangs in there year round.

9. Mountain Goats

Up on Glacier Ridge & Glacier Peak is is likely to see these lively animals. Sometimes they are very nervous other times I had one put his hoofs in the passenger window when I wasn't looking.

10. Glacier Peak

Elevation 12,853 Ft

From this Summit you get a great 360 degree view. Mountains, Valleys and even ski areas in the distance.

11. Steep Decent

Take this slow and easy. Downshift and let the engine do some of the braking for you.

12. Bucyrus Dredge

This old Dredge boat sits in a pond just off of Tiger Road. The 100-ft.-long wooden gold dredge, considered the first successful dredge, devoured then spewed out 2,500 cubic yards of gravel and dirt every 24 hours. A three-man crew operated this steam-powered, hungry monster. Not all ponds that harbored dredges had green water as does this pond. ... More

13. Jefferson Market

Snacks, Ice Cream, Homemade Fudge

14. Graveyard

Historic Graveyard from the old mining Town of Como and surrounding area. Many old graves and it is still in use as well.

15. Turn

Watch for this turn can be hard to see with the taller grasses that grow in this little section, also not many travel the Glacier Ridge area.

16. Mining Tailings

From Dredging in the early 20th Century, many of the creeks and rivers at the base of the divide were dredged in search of gold.

17. Old Cabin

Some of the old cabin remains just above the lower wet area.

18. Old Cabin

This is not a really old cabin probably the mid 1900s from the construction.