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East Rollins Pass

Gilpin County, Colorado

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This historic road over the Continental Divide was the original Hill Route of the Denver, Northwestern, and Pacific Railway built by David H. Moffat in 1903. The road starts a few miles outside the town of Rollinsville and reaches an elevation of 11,660 feet before coming to a dead end on the east side of Rollins Pass at the closed Needle Eye Tunnel.

Popular Trails in This Area

East Rollins Pass (aka Moffat Road) (FDR 149)
Jenny Creek (FS 502 / FS 808)**
Jenny Lake Spur (FS 148)

Detailed Description

East Rollins Pass

The East Rollins Pass road is an easier, (2 out of 10) maintained Forest Service gravel road. The road provides many scenic views of the lakes and the mountains in the area as well as access to the historical Needle Eye tunnel. The Needle Eye tunnel is closed to all traffic.

Turn by Turn Directions

Mile Description

0.0 Start. Trailhead is marked by a Moffat Road historical marker and a Carsonite post for FDR 149.

5.5 FS 502 exits to the right to the Jenny Creek Trail. Stay left on FDR 149.

9.4 FS 808 exits to the right to the Jenny Creek Trail. Stay left on FDR 149 and curve around Yankee Doodle Lake.

10.1 FS 148 exits to the right. This short spur leads to a small parking area next to Jenny Lake.

12.0 End of Road. If desired, you can park here along the side of the road and hike the remaining 1/2 mile to Needle Eye Tunnel. Otherwise, turn around here and proceed back down the mountain.

Jenny Creek

The Jenny Creek trail provides a narrow, rocky route for those looking for a challenging four-wheel drive experience. Jenny Creek is considered an intermediate difficulty trail (5 out of 10) with a few rocky sections that can require lockers in wet conditions. In snowy conditions, a winch is required. The Jenny Creek trail is best suited for narrower, high-clearance vehicles.

Adopted Trails

** FR808, FR502 Adopted by Rising Sun 4WD Club

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/

How To Get There

From Boulder, take Boulder Canyon Drive / Highway 119 South through Nederland to Rollinsville. Turn right on to Rollins Pass Road (CR16) and proceed West for 7.6 miles.

From Golden, take Highway 93 north toward Boulder. Turn left on to Golden Gate Canyon Road / Highway 46. Take Highway 46 west then turn right on to Highway 119. Take Highway 119 north to Rollinsville. Turn left on to Rollins Pass Road (CR16) and proceed West for 7.6 miles.

Trailhead is marked by a Moffat Road historical marker and a Carsonite post for FDR 149.

Trail System Photos

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Looking over the town of Rollinsville
Yankee Doodle Lake
Traveling up the trail alongside Yankee Doodle Lake
Boulders mark the end of the road with Needle Eye Tunnel in the background
The entrance to Needle Eye Tunnel
View of Jenny Lake from near the top of the East Rollins Pass / Moffat road.
Lower entrance to the Jenny Creek trail on the East Rollins Pass / Moffat road.
Stay The Trail signage at the Jenny Creek trail upper trailhead.
Upper entrance to the Jenny Creek trail on the East Rollins Pass / Moffat road.

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Trail System Information

Location is:

Trailhead

Nearest City:

Rollinsville

Difficulty:

2 - 5

Distance:

12 miles each way

Time:

3 to 4 hours

Elevation:

9213 to 11241 feet

Best For:

4WDUTVATVMotorcycle

4WD

UTV/SxS

ATV

Motorcycle

Note that not all of the trails in an area will be open to all vehicle types. Follow the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)s and signage for the area and ride only on trails open to and wider than your OHV.

Trail System Maps and GPS Files

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MVUM

AR_Boulder_2010.pdf

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM)

Boulder Ranger District

Adobe Acrobat PDF (1555.8 KB)

How to Print Sections of a Motor Vehicle Use Map

JennyCreek.gpx

JennyCreek.gpx

GPS Exchange File (75.6." KB)

GPS track of the Jenny Creek trail.

STT_FS_ARNF_BRD_EastRollinsPass.gpx

STT_FS_ARNF_BRD_EastRollinsPass.gpx

GPS Exchange File (55.9." KB)

GPS track of the East Rollins Pass trail.

STT_FS_ARNF_BRD_EastRollinsPass.pdf

STT_FS_ARNF_BRD_EastRollinsPass.pdf

Adobe Acrobat PDF (50.7." KB)

PDF map of the East Rollins Pass trail.