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
click on profile for more detail
|01.(7040ft,mile00) START-END EAST:
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
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
10.(7300ft,mile39) START-END WEST: junction
Co62 and Co145 near Placerville
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 highest summit:
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).
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