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Hancock Pass Patrol - Salida Ranger District

Responsibilities:

  • Keep an eye out for any trash along the trail, in dispersed camping areas, and trailheads. 
  • Note any trail degradation issues and user-created routes/spurs.
  • Report any illegal campfires during the fire ban.

Trail Information:

FS 299 - Situated near the famous ghost town of St. Elmo and within the San Isabel National Forest, this trail will lead you up and over Hancock Pass and the continental divide at an elevation of 12,140'. You will also travel through some of the most historic and beautiful country that Colorful Colorado has to offer. If alpine passes, turn of the century railroads, mining history, and ghost towns are what you are looking for, this entire area will not disappoint! It is a must do.

Technical rating: (3) Easy

Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.