Jones Pass Trailhead

  

The Jones Pass trailhead offers a variety of summer and winter activities. Hiking opportunities include hiking on the Continental Divide Trail via the Henderson Spur trail and/or driving to the top of Jones Pass. Butler Gulch is also a popular hiking and cross-country ski trail. The road climbs gradually to the top of the pass and descends steeply down the west side to a closed road. Winter activities include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: Powder Addiction, guided snow cat skiing and riding.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Empire, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service on Henderson Mine property

General Information

Directions: From I-70, take exit 232 to US 40,proceed northwest approx. 9 miles to small town of Berthoud Falls. Turn left at the sign for Jones Pass/Henderson Mine. Follow paved road 1.6 miles to a gate, turn right on Forest Road 144. The trailhead is a half mile ahead.

Activities


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OHV Riding & Camping

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Winter Sports

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Skiing/Snowboarding

The Jones Pass trailhead offers a variety of winter activities including snowmobiling. Park and off load at the Henderson Mine gate and follow the Jones Pass road to reach the backcountry bowls. Stay on the main road that forks to the right, the left fork is the Butler Gulch Trail which is closed to motorized use. The road climbs gradually to the top of the pass and descends steeply down the west side to a closed road. Be aware of XC skiers/snowshoes and a permitted snow cat operator in the area.
Nearby ResortsMary Jane and Winter Park
Warming SheltersNo
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

The Jones Pass trailhead offers a variety of winter activities. The road climbs gradually to the top of the pass and descends steeply down the west side to a closed road. If you stay on the road be aware of snowmobiles and a permitted snow cat operator. Butler Gulch Trail which forks to the left from the main road a popular cross-country ski/snowshoe trail. This trail is closed to motorized vehicles.
Warming SheltersNo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Snowmobiling

The Jones Pass trailhead offers a variety of winter activities including snowmobiling. Park and off load at the Henderson Mine gate and follow the Jones Pass road to reach the backcountry bowls. Stay on the main road that forks to the right, the left fork is the Butler Gulch Trail which is closed to motorized use. The road climbs gradually to the top of the pass and descends steeply down the west side to a closed road. Be aware of XC skiers/snowshoes and a permitted snow cat operator in the area.
Nearby ResortsMary Jane and Winter Park
Warming SheltersNo
Difficulty Level: More Difficult
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
4 miles to pass (one way)

  Latitude : 
39.771071

  Longitude : 
-105.854159

  Elevation : 
Trailhead: 10,434' - Destination: 12,453'

 



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