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Hayden Pass

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Location Coaldale, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 16.3mi
Time 2hrs

Vehicle Types

Overview

Steep road crosses high pass between Coaldale and Villa Grove.

A gorgeous drive on a clear day with just enough challenge to make it fun. Two Forest Service campgrounds with hiking trails on the north side. End of trail at Villa Grove requires a long drive home if you don’t return the way you came. To avoid this situation, consider combining this route with Trail #44. You can reach the town of Bonanza on County Road LL56, which starts just north of Villa Grove. A gas station in Villa Grove is no longer in business.

Rating

Moderate
Trail Ratings Defined

Rating applies to upper portion of trail only. Lower portions are easy. Travel only when dry and in the summer. During the spring and fall underground springs flow across the road, creating dangerous patches of ice on the narrowest part of the trail. High clearance and low range recommended.

Stats

Length

16.3mi

Time

2hrs

High Point

10,709ft

Best Time To Go

June-Oct

Current Conditions

(719) 539-3591San Isabel N.F., Salida R.D.

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Trail Updates

09/04/2019
Submitted by Robert
Drove trail in my stock ’19 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. The trail is extremely rocky and there are a few places you really need to pick your line right to avoid larger rocks unless you are higher than my stock Jeep was. Traveling east to west, I almost missed the entrance, there’s a small sign pointing almost back the way you come, it’s a sharp left turn onto the trail and from there it’s almost all rocks until you get out the other side. Views were decent, and it wasn’t a bad way to make a loop, we came through Hayden Pass, down to Great Sand Dunes National Park for a bit, then back through via Medano Pass. If you are a novice, I’d pass on this trail unless you are with an experienced group, the views aren’t worth the work if that’s what you are after.

06/18/2015
The difficulty has increased between Wpt. 3 and Wpt. 4. Stock vehicles without recovery equipment are advised not to travel alone. The trail is still a moderate rating.

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