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octoberist
April 8th, 2006, 11:34 PM
The Georgetown side of Guanella Pass is a slippery, sloppy mess right now. Yes, there were a handful of Subarus, glossy SUVs, and a FWD econo-car at the top. Guanella Pass is not about technical difficulty. It is, however, a beautiful drive on a fine Spring day and a great opportunity to stretch the legs of whatever rig you enjoy. I hoped to combine it with OMG road through Central City but I ran out of daylight. Together, OMG and Guanella would make a fine early season tour of historic Front Range backroads. Just get an early start. Don't forget to stop in Georgetown/Central City and drop a few bucks at a cafe or one of the shops. These historic towns depend on us to survive.

Pics here:
http://community.webshots.com/album/549323035ZjrQxT

keithscianna1
April 9th, 2006, 06:14 PM
nice,
i would really like to go, how do you get there?

CGuava
April 9th, 2006, 09:22 PM
Either off of 285 in Grant. Or the west side of Georgetown off i-70. Follow the signs.

Eolus
April 9th, 2006, 11:04 PM
Did you make it over to the grant side? Ive been thinking of going camping up at geneva creek, but from the looks of the pictures theres probably still a few feet of snow.

octoberist
April 9th, 2006, 11:25 PM
Did you make it over to the grant side?

I drove down to Duck Lake on the Grant side, turned around and went back to Georgetown. There's a lot of snow up there, but it won't last long with more days like this.

shimniok
April 10th, 2006, 07:04 AM
Last time I was on Guanella at the end of the 2004 season, they were working on, I think, paving it on the Georgetown side... ? Haven't been since... what's the latest (curious)?

octoberist
April 10th, 2006, 09:35 PM
It's dirt (or mud) from Clear Lake near Georgetown all the way to the top. About a mile over the top, near Duck Luck, the road turns to pavement. It may be paved all the way to 285, but since I've never driven to 285 from the top, it's just a guess.

Funrover
April 10th, 2006, 09:42 PM
Nice Pics... Looks like a fun muddy day!!:thumbsup:

Eolus
April 10th, 2006, 11:46 PM
did u need 4wd at all on the pass?

CGuava
April 11th, 2006, 09:40 AM
I've done it in the summer time w/ a 2wd p/u. But right now, i'd say you'd need 4wd in a couple spots. I'd venture to guess you never need 4-lo though.

octoberist
April 11th, 2006, 08:17 PM
The lower section was fun in 2WD. I dropped into 4WDH at the Guanella campground to climb the switchbacks to the top. Never used 4-lo. I came back down entirely in 2WD.

With skillful use of the skinny pedal you could probably make the top in 2WD. 4WD was just too easy.

octoberist
April 11th, 2006, 08:31 PM
There was a late model Ford Escort at the top. I don't believe Ford sold a 4WD Escort in the states (and this was no Cosworth). Helluva driver if he/she made it from Georgetown on those 14" Contis.