The Gold Dust Trailhead provides access to Boreas Pass to the north via the old Boreas Pass Wagon Road, which it connects to after crossing FDR 406. Much of the northern portion of the trail follows an old flume that diverted water from North Tarryall Creek and its tributaries to mining operations located in the upper Tarryall Drainage. This portion of the trail is excellent for snowshoers and cross country skiers. If you head south from the trailhead you can follow the trail around Little Baldy Mountain and choose to hike towards Como or to Fairplay. A Pike National Forest or National Geographic Trails Illustrated map is recommended to safely navigate the multiple trails in this area. The trail goes through a small portion of private land near a log cabin so please respect this private land access.
Drive to the town of Como from US Highway 285 and follow the signs to Boreas Pass. Continue on this road approximately 1.5 miles past the Boreas Pass Road turnoff. Total mileage from US Highway 285 to the trailhead is 5.5 miles. Park on a wide portion of the road on the left just beyond the trailhead.