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Guanella Pass, Georgetown

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Guanella Pass is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, US.The pass is located in southwestern Clear Creek County, in the Front Range west of Denver and south of Georgetown. The pass was named for Byron Guanella in 1953. Guanella was a road supervisor and commissioner in Clear Creek County for nearly 50 years.The pass provides a route between Georgetown in the valley of Clear Creek to the north and Grant in the valley of Geneva Creek, a tributary of the North Fork South Platte River, to the south. The pass is traversed by the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway. The road normally provided a link between Interstate 70 to the north and U.S. Highway 285 to the south, but after Aug. 21, 2009 an unstable hillside closed the road to through access just below the Cabin Creek Campground This closure has since been cleared and the pass is fully available to traffic. As of 09/03/2011 the Georgetown access to the pass is open through the pass and the road, drainage, slide security and accident prevention measures are completed.The entire route from Georgetown to U.S. Highway 285 is paved. The road is no longer maintained in the winter and expect closure after the first heavy snow in the winter. There is a parking area at the closure gate on the Georgetown side of the pass to allow access to the pass by foot or snowmobile during the winter.
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  • This was a great place to do a winter hike. The trails are well marked and not busy. Great place to find some peace and quiet with the mountains. Trails were a little snow packed so make sure you are ...  more »
  • This road has 10 mph hairpin turns climbing out of Georgetown. Normally I'm not a fan of roads like that but this one has such low traffic that I didn't feel pressured to go faster than comfortable an...  more »
  • Great drive. Very picturesque. Bring warm clothes, weather can change quickly. Stop and take a hike and take pictures.  more »