Section House from Gold Dust Drop-Off/No Parking

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Route Description

Trees in the Boreas Pass area were cut long ago for railroad and mining operations. Frequent strong winds can make for white-out conditions and low wind-chill temperatures. Be sure to carry a map and compass with you to aid in navigation, especially during times of adverse weather.

IMPORTANT! There is no parking for this route – the closest parking is at the Peabody Trailhead.

This 4.7 mile route follows old ditches and wagon roads, providing an interesting alternative to Boreas Pass Road. The Gold Dust Trail is intermittently marked with blue diamonds. Ski northerly though timber and open areas 4.3 miles to the Boreas Pass Road, then continue on the road approximately .4 miles to the Section House.

Locations of Observed or Reported Avalanche Activity: No avalanche activity has been reported along this suggested route.

Trailhead Directions

Directions to Gold Dust Drop-Off/No Parking:

From the intersection of US Highway 285 and Park County Road 50, turn northwest and drive through the town of Como. Drive 5.5 miles to the Gold Dust Drop-Off/No Parking. On the way, you will pass the Peabody Trailhead where overnight parking is permitted. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended past Como.