Napoleon Pass

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Location Crested Butte, CO
Rating Difficult,
Length 6.3mi
Time 2 to 3 hrs.

Vehicle Types


Short climb along west face of Continental Divide with views above 12,000 feet.

 Short climb along west face of Continental Divide with views above 12,000 feet at Napoleon Pass. Multiple creek crossings as trail follows along Middle Willow Creek then passes through thick forest. Expect to get muddy. You’ll go by interesting Tincup Cemetery and see buildings and remains at Gold Cup Mine. No seasonal closures except by weather.


Trail Ratings Defined

Difficult. No obstacles, just a mix of good-size rocks, big tree roots and mud. Trail follows creek, so it is rarely dry. Narrow sections are more difficult when wet and slippery. Don’t hesitate to turn around if the slipperiness becomes dangerous. Stay on the trail and don’t cut corners. Steep climb just before the pass may intimidate inexperienced drivers.





2 to 3 hrs.

High Point

12,034 ft.

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(970) 641-0471Gunnison N.F., Gunnison R.D.

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