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Webster Pass, Handcart Gulch

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Location Breckenridge, CO
Rating Easy,
Length 10mi
Time 3hrs

Vehicle Types

Overview

Snow blocks upper trail well into July.

Thrilling drive with outstanding scenery. It is easier to reach Webster Pass starting in Montezuma, since the south side of pass is often blocked by snow well into August. You will not be able to go down Handcart Gulch until the snow completely melts at the top. You can also reach Webster Pass by first driving Red Cone, Trail #74; however, you won’t be able to return that way because Red Cone is one-way.

Rating

Easy
Trail Ratings Defined

The north side drive to the pass is relatively easy. However, as you descend into Handcart Gulch, the road is extremely narrow at the top. Closer to the bottom, Handcart Gulch is very rocky. Here, stock SUVs will need to proceed slowly using careful tire placement. Skid plates are recommended.

Stats

Length

10mi

Time

3hrs

High Point

12,096ft

Best Time To Go

July-Oct

Current Conditions

(970) 468-5400North side: White River N.F.

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unknown says

I have used FunTreks guide books with my stock Explorer for many years. I just got the new 2019 Edition of the CO book and like the new format and new trails, But I have a problem with the ranking of this trail as "Easier". On 10/13/20 I tried to do Webster Pass from the Keystone side. The first 4 miles were often narrow (1 lane) and quite rocky-but beautiful. Even with careful driving, I bottomed the 2009 truck chassis Explorer on big rocks 3 times. In this dry season we had to ford a creek over a foot deep. Finally I was blocked by a snow drift and had to turn back. This trail is more difficult than #54 Hagerman Pass which is in the middle of the More Difficult rating.
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