KUSA - This summer has been an incredible one for high country wildflowers. And they're still blooming at altitude, including Boreas Pass.
This hike is a wonderful way to introduce someone to the wonders of alpine hiking without having to climb hours to get above tree line. Spectacular wildflowers are one of the many attractions of this journey.
Directions: Driving south on Route 9 you turn left onto Boreas Pass Road just as you leave the town of Breckenridge. Continue on this road (eventually becomes a dirt road) for 9.6 miles to the old railroad section house that is located at the summit. The trail begins to the northeast of the building (left) and follows a stream drainage ditch to the saddle between Boreas Mt. and Mt. Baldy.
Just south of Boreas Pass lies the old Colorado town of Como.
Located at the northern end of South Park, the town is a historic railroad settlement. It is believed the town was named by miners from Como, Italy who came to work the coal fields of the area.
In 1879 the town became the location of a depot of the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, which was extended over Kenosha Pass to reach the silver mining areas during the Colorado Silver Boom.
Later, the town served as a dividing point for trains going northward over Boreas Pass and southward toward Garos and over Trout Creek Pass at the western end of South Park.
The town has many historic weathered structures, including the roundhouse, hotel and depot which is currently under renovation with the intention of turning it into a new tourist attraction in the area.
Como also has a town cemetery where many area pioneers are buried. Several miners are also there who perished in the Union Pacific Mines disaster of 1893.
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