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Unread 07-12-2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default CO: Saint John > North Fork Swan River > Georgia Pass Trip Report

I wanted to take advantage of this nice Colorado weather and head back up to the Swan river valley. From Montezuma, I headed up FS 275 which follows a creek and some old homesteads. This trail quickly climbs to the ridge which reaches above 12,000 feet. The views are 360 at this point and it gives you great perspective of the surrounding area. Temperature dropped to 45 degrees.






Following the ridge, there are a handful of steep climbs and descents. One or two of the downgrades were more than entertaining.






From here, I descending down the North Fork Swan River Valley. The trail follows a few switchbacks down, leading to a 50 yard section of whoop-de-whoops that tested the traction control and articulation to my comfort zone. At one spot your car is fully leading inches from a large tree branch, but luckily the truck performed as desired and came out unscathed. There are numerous camping spots along the river as it heads towards Breckenridge.




From the junction, I headed up FS 55 up towards Georgia Pass. I always liked this climb as it provides a handful of off killtered sections and steep ascents over various small boulders. The view from the top looking east into the South Park valley are awesome.






I decided to keep trekking since the day was going well and headed up FS 121 up towards Webster Pass. Unfortunately, the pass was still closed due to snow, so I wasn't able to take it up and over to Deer Creek and back home. I decided to just post up camp, also foregoing Red Cone for another day, and went back home.



Definitely recommend this loop, as a day trip or a nice overnighter.
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Very awesome report! Jeez I miss CO. Hopefully one of my trips back to CO for work I'll be able to drive down and take a few days to run some old trails.

Looked like a great couple of days!
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Looks like a lot of fun. Man it is beautiful out there!


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Nice bud. Any good "surprises" in that hut at the top of St Johns again?

I think I might go Red Cone>St Johns>Georgia this weekend.
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Cool pics. Awesome scenery. I see you have a pair of wolf packs on the roof. Pretty cool bins but the lids on mine warped a bit from super hot weather.
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Cool pics. Awesome scenery. I see you have a pair of wolf packs on the roof. Pretty cool bins but the lids on mine warped a bit from super hot weather.
Yeah, I have to say I really like the Wolf Packs. They seem to be the perfect size for both the roof rack dimensions and rear cargo area - and they seem weather resistant.
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Great pictures! Looks like a blast for a day trip. Wish I close to scenery like that.


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Definitely recommend this loop, as a day trip or a nice overnighter.
I'm looking to do a loop in this area (in August) and I had a few questions. How did you plan on going from Georgia pass to Webster Pass? Were you going to go down to take 285 for little bit? Or maybe SOB hill? I know you said FS 121 but I can't find that on a map. Nor FS 55 for that matter but I think I figured that part out.

Thanks

These are the tracks I'm looking at from trail damage. One last thing: this is doable for a stock vehicle, 4runner or otherwise, right?

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Correct. If heading south on Georgia Pass, head to the town of Jefferson along Highway 285, go up and over Kenosha Pass, then take a left north up Webster Pass (Hall Valley Road 60). This is a great loop.

Webster Pass should be doable in a stock 4runner, Redcone no. SOB Hill is also too challenging for a stock 4runner
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Ok cool. I wasn't going to try SOB hill that's for sure, but good to know about Red Cone. I knew it was very dangerous (and i hate ledges) but I didn't know its was technically difficult.
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Cool pics. Awesome scenery. I see you have a pair of wolf packs on the roof. Pretty cool bins but the lids on mine warped a bit from super hot weather.
Time for some AluBoxes. Love these reports and pics. I recently spent time on the trails in AL and FL. Seems like a waste of time when compared to CO. Keep them coming. These mini adventures are great.
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