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Marshall Pass via Poncha Creek

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Location Poncha Springs, CO
Rating Easy,
Length 27.3mi
Time 4hrs

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Narrow 4×4 road climbs through popular camping and fishing area.

A popular camping and fishing area with several Forest Service campgrounds around O’Haver Lake. Poncha Creek Road offers a better backcountry experience with stream fishing and dispersed camping next to the water. Great fall color with lots of aspens. A parking lot near Shirley Townsite and Marshall Pass provides convenient staging for unlicensed vehicles, which are not allowed on county roads entering and leaving the area.


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Marshall Pass can be reached from either side via well-graded, 2-wheel-drive roads F.S. 243 and F.S. 200. The route shown here bypasses 200 and takes you up the east side along parallel Poncha Creek Road, F.S. 203. This 4-wheel-drive road is less traveled with fewer motorists. Suitable for any 4-wheel-drive SUV with low range. Road closed Nov. 15 to May 30.






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Submitted by WGBertles
Ran trail from Sargents. Easy and well-maintained. Nice backwoods drive. 2016 Jeep JKUR 2″ lift on 33″ tires.


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