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Backcountry Bound: Trail of the Week " Rogers Pass

Deborah Carr and Lou Ladrigan

ROGER’S PASS

Activity – Bike or Hike

Level of Difficulty – biking (4), hiking (3), (on a scale of 1-5, 1 being the easiest)

One-way Mileage – 2.52 miles

One-way Biking Time – 1 hour

One-way Hiking Time – 1 1/2 hours

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Altitude, GPS Reading at Trailhead – 11,114”, 39°53’56″N, 105°42’28″W

Altitude, GPS Reading at Destination – 11,908′, 39°52’18″N, 105°41’47″W

Trail Fee Required – No

Dogs are permitted without leash

Trailhead Location – On U.S. Highway 40, south of the town of Winter Park, between mile markers 231 and 232, turn east onto CR 80 (FDR 149), also known as the Moffat Road or Rollins Pass Road. Follow CR 80 (which turns into FDR 149) for 10.7 miles to the top of the railroad trestle. Park on the side of the road at the pullout beyond the trestle.

Trail Description ” Immediately across the road from the trestle, follow the double track trail through the forest and climb above timberline into the alpine meadows. There is a great view of Parry Peak ahead. Cross the tundra and note the views of the Winter Park Resort to the west (right) with the Vasquez Mountains behind and the Fraser Valley to the northwest. Climb through two switchbacks and at the top of the second switchback is a scree field. The trail surface is very rocky here, but much more level. Parry Peak, Mt. Bancroft, and James Peak surround the deep valley.

Continue to climb. The Continental Divide trail (foot and horse travel only) merges from the left onto the Roger’s Pass trail for a short distance and then forks off to the right and continues up to James Peak. Remain on the double track trail just over the crest of the hill to Roger’s Pass. Bike travel is not permitted beyond this point. Both Heart Lake and Roger’s Pass Lake are visible below. The East Portal of the railroad tunnel is in the distance to the northeast, centered between the lakes. To reach Heart Lake and Roger’s Pass Lakes, a (foot and horse travel only) trail begins just to the north of the pass.

” More trails and information are available in “Hiking Grand County, Colorado” and “Winter Park and Fraser, Colorado Mountain Bike Map”. The book and map are available locally in many retail outlets, gift shops, sporting goods stores, and coffee shops or visit our Web site at http://backcountrybound.home.mindspring.com/. This column is a partnership with Headwaters Trails Alliance (www.headwaterstrails.com) and Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails, who work to plan, build, preserve and maintain multi-use trails in Grand County.

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