Last Dollar Pass
Last Dollar Pass came
into being as an intended shortcut to the Dallas
Divide between Telluride and Ridgway - allegedly.
Distance wise it may be a little shorter. But
regardiess of the mode of travel, timewise it is
longer. It just appears shorter because there is
so much to see. The route is identified as Last
Dollar Pass on a map of Telluride attractions that
is sometimes available for free locally. It is
also included in Helmuth's "passes of Colorado".
But the label "Last Dollar Road" is used on road
signs and is a more common designation. The entire
road is smooth dirt and extremely bikable when
dry, except for a very short stretch of deep rocks
halfways up the Telluride side, which helps to cut
down on motorized traffic. When wet, clay on the
Ridgway side makes part of the route extremely
slick and practically impassable.
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START-END EAST: Ridgway
02.(8970ft,mile11) Dallas Divide
03.(8820ft,mile12) profile continues right
up unmarked dirt road to Hastings Mesa
04.(9160ft,mile14) Hastings Mesa summit(u)
05.(9110ft,mile17) continue up to left on
Last Dollar road
06.(10663ft,mile23) TOP: last Dollar Pass
07.(8740ft,mile28) approach to Telluride
continues straight, profile turns right
08.(7960ft,mile30) junction with Co145,
profile continues right
10.(7300ft,mile39) START-END WEST:
junction Co62 and Co145 near
From North. Last Dollar road leaves in a
south easterly direction from the highest point on
58.p road, described in these pages under Hastings Mesa
summit(u). After a short climb the road
descends to cross a creek and then climbs
relentlessly through patches of aspen forest to
the summit. The is the closest bikable road to the
Sneffels group (but there are trails further up).
But you never see the peaks. One viewpoint that
can compensate for this is a vista stretching from
Lone Cone Peak to the needle like Lizard Head Peak
and the 140017 ft Wilson Mountain. Then it's back
into the treetunnel to the summit.
From South. The route is described in a
downward direction. While the northern approach is
a tree ride, the panoramas on the south side just
won't quit until you are basically at the bottom.
Lone Cone Peak is now out of the field of vision.
But instead the amphitheater of mountains behind
Telluride have been added to the repertoire. A
long sweeping curve on a grassy hillside leads
into a Telluride millionaire mansion district of
sorts, buildings far enough removed from the road
that nothing interesting or even vaguely
attractive about the area can be discerned, unless
monstrous address stone piles stir one's interest.
A fork offers a choice for the final descent,
Telluride or Deep Creek on Co145. The profile
follows the Deep Creek option.
Dayrides with Last Dollar Pass as
Last Dollar Pass , Hastings Mesa
s(u) : Ridgway > Dallas Divide(shp)
> Last Dollar Pass > down Deep Creek >
Sawpit > Hastings Mesa s(u) > 60 miles with
6730ft of climbing in 5.3 (Cateye 100AT m3:6.8.2).