Colorado Passes/Summits - Paved - Approach heights

- approach heights are divided into groups of 500 feet
- tabulation order: highest approach group first
- within each group approaches are sorted by average grade
- the first grade figure is average uphill grade. It does not consider drops in elevation
- the second optional grade figure considers drops in elevation, averaging both drops and climb grades.
- both grade figures do not consider elevation differences smaller than 100ft, and underestimate the true climb.
- all approaches in this table are entirely paved. But the other approach to the same pass may not be.
- approach height is the difference between starting point and high point
- each approach may be presented by multiple rows. The difference is the starting point.
- only the highest entry for each approach is linked.
- approach type: L: low point; S: summit  ( or point of highest elevation; not necessarily pass elevation ); W: waypoint ( between summit and low point )
-current to update 1/Dec/15 (day/month/year)

Approach Height
avg grade
Pass/Summit
Approach from
drop
distance
max elevation
apr. type
6999<-6500ft






6840
2.6
Trail Ridge Road Passes
East: Loveland
~300
49miles
12180
L->S
6858
1.7
Loveland Pass
East: Denver - Confluence Park
~800ft
75miles
11998
L->S
6499<-6000ft






6059
3.6
Grand Mesa s(u)
North: Plateau Creek exit I70
-
31+1/2miles
10839
L->S
6318
2.6
Loveland Pass
East: Golden
~800
53miles
11998
W->S
6175
1.7
Berthoud Pass
East: from Denver, Confluence Park
~800ft
70miles
11315
L->S
5999<-5500ft







5839
3.7
Grand Mesa summit(u)
West: Delta
-
30miles
10839
L->S
5800
3.1/3.3
Juniper Pass East: Wheat Ridge, jct: Clear Creek bikepath - Kipling Ave
~200ft
35+1/2miles
11160
L->S
5635
2.2
Berthoud Pass
East: from Golden
~800ft
49miles
11315
W->S
5602
1.5
Monarch Pass
East: Parkdale
-
72+1/2miles
11312
W->S
5942
1.4
Monarch Pass
East: Canyon City
~600ft
78+1/2miles
11312
L->S
5499<-5000ft






5199
5.0
Grand Mesa summit(u)
North: Mesa
-
19+1/2miles
10839
W->S
5209
4.2
Independence Pass
West: Snowmass turnoff
-
23+1/2miles
12095
W->S
5369
3.4/3.7
Juniper Pass East: Lakewood, jct W Colfax Ave - I70
~200ft
29+1/2miles
11160
W->S
5489
2.7
Independence Pass
West: Basalt
-
38miles
12095
L->S
5046ft
1.6
Cameron Pass
East: Ted's Place
~400
59+1/2miles
10276
L->S
4999<-4500ft






4619
4.6
Grand Mesa summit(u)
West: Cedaredge
-
19miles
10839
W->S
4631
4.0
Trail Ridge Road Passes
East: Estes Park
~100
21+1/2miles
12180
W->S
4738
2.7
Loveland Pass
East: jct: I70-US6
-
44miles
11998
W->S
4666
1.8
Cameron Pass
East: Poudre Park
~400
50miles
10276
W->S
4499<-4000ft






4193
4.0
Independence Pass
West: Aspen
-
20miles
12095
W->S
4180
4.0
Cottonwood Pass
East: Buena Vista
-
20miles
12126
L->S
4242
3.5
Monarch Pass
East: Salida
-
23miles
11312
W->S
4100
3.4
Red Mountain Pass
North: Ridgway
-
23miles
11100
L->S
4448
3.0
Loveland Pass
East: Idaho Springs
-
41miles
11998
W->S
4440 4.2 Squaw Pass East: Wheat Ridge; jct Clear Creek bike path - Kippling Ave - 29+1/2miles 9800 L->S
4055
2.6
Berthoud Pass
East: jct US6-I70
-
29miles
11315
W->S
4080 2.5/2.7 Hardscrabble Pass East: jct Co60 - western acces rd to Pueblo reservoir ~200ft 31+1/2miles 9100 L->S
4140
2.3
Coal Bank Summit
South: Durango
~600ft
34+1/2miles
10640
L->S
439
2.0
Molas Pass
South: Durango
~1400ft
42+1/2miles
10899
L->S
4416
1.8
Cameron Pass
East: Mishiwaka
~400
46miles
10276
W->S
3999<-3500ft






3599
4.1
Juniper Pass
West: Idaho Springs
-
16+1/2miles
11160
W->S
3782 4.0 Monarch Pass East: Poncha Springs - 18miles 11312 W->S
3960
3.5/3.7
Juniper Pass jct US6 - Floyd Hill
~100ft
21+1/2miles
11160
L->S
3780 3.1 Wind River Pass North-East: Lyons via Co36 ~700ft 23miles 9130 L->S
3770 3.0 Wolf Creek Pass South: Pagosa Springs - 23+1/2miles 10850 W->S
3990
3.0/4.5
Peak to Peak Highway summit(u): m15.3
East: Wheat Ridge via Clear Creek bike path and Golden Gate Canyon
~900ft
25+1/2 miles
9350
L->S
3780 2.9 Wind River Pass South-East: Lyons via South Saint Vrain Canyon ~400ft 24+1/2miles 9130 L->S
3801 2.7 Black Mesa summit(u) North: Hotchkiss ~300ft 26+1/2miles 9121 L->S
3742 2.1 Douglas Pass South: Loma ~400 34miles 8259 W->S
3956 1.8 Currant Creek Pass South: Canyon City ~900ft 41miles 9300 W->S
3891 1.5 Cucharas Pass West: Trinidad ~500 49+1/2miles 9941 W->S
3499<-3000ft






3200 5.0 Red Mountain Pass North: Ouray - 13miles 11100 L->S
3360
4.1/4.6
Juniper Pass East: Bergen Park
~200ft
15+1/2miles
11160
W->S
3420 4.0 Loveland Pass East: Georgetown - 16miles 11998 W->S
3045 3.7 Berthoud Pass East: I70 exit to Berthoud Pass - 15+1/2miles 11315 W->S
3000 3.7 Hardcrabble Pass East: Wetmore - 15+1/2miles 9100 W->S
3420
3.5/5.3
Peak to Peak Highway summit(u): m15.3
East: via Golden Gate Canyon
~800ft
18+1/2miles
93050
W->S
3370
3.3/4.1
Golden Gate Canyon s(u)
East: jct Clear Creek bike path - Kipling Ave
~400ft
19+1/2miles
8730
L->S
3020 3.2 Rist Canyon summit(u) West: Fort Collins: jct US287 - Co14 via Rist Canyon - 18miles 8000 L->S
3120
3.0
Black Mountain Road summit(u) North: Morrison via Bear Creek Canyon
-
19+1/2miles
8920
L->S
3120
3.0/3.5
Black Mountain Road summit(u) South: Morrison via US285
~300ft
20miles
8920
L->S
3224 2.4/2.5 Ute Pass (CS) east: Colorado Springs ~100 25+1/2 9184 L->S
3002 2.4/2.5 Independence Pass East: Balltown ~100 24miles 12095 L->S
3330
2.3/3.4
Coal Creek Canyon summit(u)
North: from Boulder via Boulder Canyon and PtP Highway
~700
27miles
8680
L->S
3066 1.8/2.8 Currant Creek Pass South: Co9 turnoff ~700 31+1/2miles 9300 W->S
3087
1.7/2.1
Mc Lure Pass
South: Paonia
~300ft
33miles
8763
L->S
3391 1.6/2.5 Cucharas Pass West: Segundo Valley ~800 40miles 9941 W->S
3025 1.5 Douglas Pass North: Rangely - 38miles 8259 L->S
3292 1.2 Lizard Head Pass East: Dolores - 50miles 10222 L->S
2999<-2500ft






2842 5.4 Monarch Pass West: Sargents - 10miles
L->S
2880 5.2 Rist Canyon summit(u) West: Bellvue via Rist Canyon - 10+1/2miles 8000 W->S
2748 5.0 Loveland Pass West: Keystone - 10+1/2miles 11998 W->S
2705 4.9 Berthoud Pass East: Empire - 13miles 11315 W->S
2701 4.9 Slumgullion Pass West: Lake City - 10+1/2miles 11361 L->S
2950 3.6 Coal Creek Canyon summit(u) South: Arvada jct Co72 - Indiana Road - 15+1/2miles 8680 L->S
2978 3.6 Loveland Pass West: Dillon - 15+1/2miles 11998 L->S
2755 3.2 Berthoud Pass West: Fraser - 16+1/2miles 11315 L->S
2857 3.1 Independence Pass East: Twin Lakes - 17+1/2miles 12095 W->S
2901 3.1 Cucharas Pass North: La Veta - 17+1/2miles 9941 L->S
2520
2.9
Genesee Park summit(u) North: jct Clear Creek bike path - Kippling Ave, via Mount Vernon Canyon
-
16+1/2miles
8060
L->S
2650 2.7 Wolf Creek Pass West: South Fork - 18+1/2miles 10850 L->S
2809 2.5 Vail Pass West: Dowd Jct - 21+1/2miles 10554 L->S
2561 2.5/3.1
Black Mesa summit(u) North: Crawford ~300ft 19+1/2miles 9121 W->S
2686 2.3 Rabbit Ears Pass North: Steamboat Springs ~300 22+1/2miles 9426 L->S
2556 2.3/2.9 Cameron Pass East: Kinnikinik ~300 21miles 10276 W->S
2694 2.3/3.8 Tennessee Pass East: Dowds Junction via Battle Hill Summit ~800 22+1/2miles 10424 L->S
2922 2.2/3.2 Lizard Head Pass West: jct: Co62 to Dallas Divide ~600ft 25+1/2miles 10222 L->S
2740 2.0/3.0 Stagecoach Rd s(u) North: jct: Clear Creek bike path - Kippling Ave ~600ft 25+1/2miles 8100ft L->S
2960 2.0/3.3 Rist Canyon summit(u) East: jct US287 - West Horsetooth Road via Masonville ~900ft 28+1/2 8000 L->S
2800 1.9/2.4 Trail Ridge Road Passes West: Grand Lake
~300 27+1/2miles 12180 L->S
2597
1.9
Mc Lure Pass
North: Carbondale
-
25+1/2miles
8763
L->S
2499<-2000ft






2440 4.2 Coal Creek Canyon summit(u) South: jct Co72-Co93 - 11miles 8680 W->S
2000 4.2 Squaw Pass East: Bergen Park - 9miles 9800 W->S
2004 4.0 Blue Mesa Summit West: low point in Cimarron Canyon - 9+1/2miles 8704 L->S
2430
3.7
Peak to Peak Highway summit(u): m15.3
West: jct US6-Co119
-
12+1/2miles
9350
L->S
2205 3.6 Berthoud Pass West: Winter Park - 11+1/2miles 11315 W->S
2386 3.3 Vail Pass West: Vail - 13+1/2miles 10554 W->S
2162 3.1 Cumbres Pass East: Chama, New Mexico - 13miles 10022 L->S
2390
3.1/3.4
Golden Gate Pass
North: jct Clear Creek bike path - Kipling Ave
~100ft
14+1/2miles
7750
L->S
2150 2.8 Cerro Summit West: Montrose - 14+1/2miles 7950 L->S
2030 2.8 Dallas Divide East: Dallas - 13+1/2miles 8970 L->S
2059 2.7 Molas Pass South: Purgatoire ski area ~900ft 14+1/2miles 10899 W->S
2347
2.5
Mc Lure Pass
South: Kebler Pass turnoff
~200ft
17+1/2
8763
W->S
2443 2.3 North La Veta Pass West: Gardner via Pass Creek Pass ~300ft 20miles 9413 L->S
2383 2.3 North La Veta Pass East: La Veta ~200 20+1/2miles 9413 L->S
2261
2.3
Kenosha Pass
East: Bailey
~100
19miles
10001
L->S
2167
2.3
Gore Pass
East: Kremmling
~100
17+1/2
9257
L->S
2380 2.3 Stagecoach Rd s(u) South: Morrison - 19+1/2miles 8100 L->S
2368
2.2
Unaweep Divide
East: Whitewater
-
20miles
7048
L->S
2432
2.1
Fall River Pass
West: Grand Lake via Trail Ridge Road
-
22miles
11812
L->S
2458
2.0
Unaweep Divide
West: Gateway
~100ft
23+1/2miles
7048
L->S
2430
2.0/3.2
Montane Drive
East 1: jct Clear Creek bike path - Kiling Ave, via Mount Vernon Canyon
 ~700ft
23+1/2miles
7790
L->S
2420
1.5
North Cochetopa Pass
East: Saguache
~200
31+1/2
10149
L->S
2319
1.4
North Cochetopa Pass
West: jct with US50
-
31miles
10149
L->S
2126
1.3
Cameron Pass
West: Walden
-
31miles
10276
L->S
2001
1.1
Spring Creek Pass
East: Creede
-
33miles
10901
L->S
1999->1500ft






1510
5.7
Co131 summit(u): State Bridge - Wolcott
North: Colorado River Bridge
-
5miles
1510
L->S
1609
5.1
Molas Pass
North: Silverton
-
6miles
10899
L->S
1800
4.9
Coal Bank Summit
South: Purgatoire Ski area
~100ft
7miles
10640
W->S
1820
4.6
Golden Gate Pass
North: start of Golden Gate Canyon
-
7+1/2miles
7750
W-_S
1530
4.1
Poncha Pass
North: Poncha Springs
-
7miles
9010
L->S
1600
4.0
Wind River Pass
North-East: Estes Park
-
7+1/2miles
9130
W->S
1880
4.0
Black Mountain Road summit
North: downtown Evergreen
-
9miles
8920
W->S
1824
3.8
Blue Mesa Summit
West: Cimarron
-
9miles
8704
W->S
1946
3.7
Hoosier Pass
North: Breckenridge
-
10miles
11541
L->S
1699
3.4
North Cochetopa Pass
eEast: jct with Cochetopa Pass
~100
9+1/2miles
10149
W->S
1930
3.3
Dallas Divide
East: Ridgeay
-
11miles
8970
L->S
1810
3.2
Red Mountain Pass
West: Silverton
-
10+1/2miles
11100
L->S
1967
2.9
Gore Pass
East: jct - US40-Co134
-
13miles
9527
W->S
1864
2.8
Tennessee Pass
East: south side of Battle Hill summit
~100ft
12+1/2miles
10424
L->S
1605
2.8
Hoosier Pass
South: Fairplay
~100
11miles
11541
L->S
1567
2.8
Mc Lure Pass
North: Redstone
-
10+1/2miles
8763
W->S
1863
2.5
Hesperus Pass
East: Durango
~300ft
14miles
8413
L->S
1670
2.5
Dallas Divide
West: jct: Co145-Co62
-
12+1/2miles
8970
W->S
1900
2.4
Raton Pass
North: Trinidad
-
15miles
7888
L->S
1594
2.3
Fremont Pass
South: Copper Mountain
~200
13miles
11320
L->S
1850
2.3
Dallas Divide
West: Specie Canyon turnoff
-
15+1/2miles
8970
L->S
1552
2.3
Lizard Head Pass
West: jct with rd to Telluride
~600ft
13miles
10222
W->S
1532
1.7
Vail Pass
East: Dillon Reservoir
-
17+1/2miles
10553
L->S
1781
1.6
Willow Creek Pass
South: jct US40
~300
21miles
9621
L->S
1856
1.4
Rabbit Ears Pass
East: jct: Co134-Muddy Pass
~200
24+1/2miles
9426
L->S
1936
1.3
La Manga Pass
East: Antonito
-
29miles
10230
L->S
1521
1.3
Black Mesa summit(u)
South: Gunnison River bridge, Sapinero Reservoir
~500ft
22miles
9121
L->S
1499ft<-1000ft






1300
6.2
Golden Gate Canyon
East: low point between Golden Gate Pass and this point
-
4miles
8730
W->S
1228
5.8
Loveland Pass
East: LP I70exit
-
4miles
11998
W->S
1099
5.2
Molas Pass
South: low point to Coal Bank Pass
-
4miles
10899
W->S
1250
4.7
Cerro Summit
East: low point in Cimarron Canyon
-
6miles
7950
L->S
1230
4.2
Golden Gate Canyon s(u)
West: low point on Ralston Creek Rd
-
5+1/2miles
8730
L->S
1070
4.0
Cerro Summit
East: Cimarron
-
5miles
7950
W->S
1421
3.6
Kenosha Pass
East: Grant
-
7+1/2miles
10001
W->S
1208
3.5
Raton Pass
South: Raton,NM
-
6+1/2miles
7888
L->S
1426
3.4
Battle Hill Summit
North: Dowd Junction
-
8miles
9267ft
L->S
1250
3.2
Yellowjacket Pass
East: Piedra
-
7+1/2miles
7780
L->S
1170
3.0
CR100 summit(u): Catherine Store rd North: jct Co82 - Cattle Creek rd
-
7+1/2miles

L->S
1366
2.7
Cameron Pass
West: Gould
-
9+1/2miles
10276
W->S
1300
2.7/3.6
Co131 summit(u): State Bridge - Wolcott
South: Wolcott
~200ft
9 miles
8250
L->S
1479
2.2
Vail Pass
East: Frisco
-
12+1/2miles
10554
W->S
1460
2.1
Trout Creek Pass
West: Johnson Village
-
13miles
9346
L->S
1402
2.1
Lizard Head Pass
East: Rico
-
12+1/2miles
10222
W->S
1339
2.0
North Cochetopa Pass
West: jct with Cochetopa Pass
-
12+1/2miles
10149
W->S
1182 1.9/2.9 Fremont Pass North: Leadville ~300 12miles 11320 L->S
1260 1.9/2.9 Hardscrabble Pass West: Westcliff ~300ft 12+1/2miles 9100 L->S
1264
1.8
Ute Pass (CS)
West: South Platte bridge west of Lake George
-
13+1/2miles
9184
L->S
1124
1.8
Blue Mesa Summit
East: Sapinero
~200ft
12miles
8704
W->S
1267
1.7
Gore Pass
West: jct: Co131,Co134
~500
14miles
9527
L->S
1140
1.7
Gypsum Pass
West: Slick Rock Bridge
~300ft
12+1/2miles
6610
L->S
1174
1.4
Blue Mesa Summit
East: Blue Mesa Reservoir
~200ft
15+1/2miles
8704
L->S
1467
1.3
North La Veta Pass
West: Fort Garland
~200
21miles
9413
L->S
1028
1.3
Poncha Pass
South: Villa Grove
-
14+1/2miles
9010
L->S
1140
1.0
Muddy Pass
South: jct: Co134
~200
21miles
8710
L->S
999ft<-500ft






705 6.7 Battle Hill Summit South: Redcliff - 2miles 9267 L->S
510
6.4
Golden Gate Canyon s(u)
West: Golden Gate Visitor Center
-
1+1/2
8730
W->S
640
4.8
Montane Drive s(u)
East 2: jct: Grapevine Rd - I70, via Genesee Ridge Rd
-
2+1/2miles
7790
L->S
840 4.5 Coal Bank Summit North: low point from Molas Pass - 3+1/2miles 10640 L->S
920
4.3
CR100 summit(u): Catherine Store rd South:  jct: Catherine Store rd - Co82
-
4miles
7200
L->S
716 3.9 Rabbit Ears Pass South: top of Muddy Pass - 3+1/2miles 9426 W->S
700 3.7 Coal Creek Canyon summit(u) North: Pinecliffe - 3+1/2miles 8680 W->S
921 3.5 Slumgullion Pass East: low point to Spring Creek Pass - 5miles 11361 L->S
850 3.4 CR Turquoise Lake s(u) North: jct CR99-CF9
5.2miles 10692 L->S
70 3.3 Watson Divide East-South: Co82 turnoff to Snowmass resort - 4miles 7582 L->S
846 2.7 Vail Pass East: Copper Mountain - 6miles 10554 W->S
702 2.7 Watson Divide West: Co82 turnoff to Snowmass Resort - 5miles 7582 L->S
853 2.5 Hesperus Pass West: jct with Cherry Creek rd. - 6+1/2miles 8413 L->S
501 2.1 Kenosha Pass West: Jefferson
4+1/2miles 10001 L->S
670 2.0 Gypsum Pass West: jct with rd up Disappointment Valley - 6+1/miles 6610 W->S
981 2.0/3.4 CR9 Turquoise Lake s(u) South: jct CR99-CR4 ~300ft 9.3miles 10692 L->S
971 1.8 Willow Creek Pass West: Rand - 10miles 9621 L->S
710 1.8/2.9 Wind River Pass South-East: Allen's Park ~200ft 7+1/2miles 9130 W->S
890 1.4 Yellowjacket Pass West: Bayfield - 12miles 7780 L->S
630
1.4/2.2
De Beque cutoff summit(u) North: de Beque
~150ft
8+1/2miles
5570
L->S
790
1.3
De Beque cutoff summit(u) South: jct Co65 - I70
-
11+1/2miles
5570
L->S
980 1.0 Gypsum Pass West: jct with Co145 ~100ft 18miles 6610 L->S
580 .5 Muddy Pass North: Hebron ~200 22miles 8710 L->S
500<-






320
4.0
Golden Gate Pass
South: low point on paved road
-
1+1/2
7750
W->S
353 1.3 Trout Creek Pass East: low point between Fairplay and pass - 5miles 9346 L->S
474 1.0 Tennesee Pass West: low point north of Leadville - 8+1/2miles 10424 W->S
435 .5 Currant Creek Pass North: Hartsel ~200 16miles 9300 L->S
234 .5 Tennessee Pass West: Leadville ~300 9+1/2miles 10424 L->S




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