Taylor Pass

Taylor Pass

Taylor Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.642m (11,948ft) above the sea level, located in Gunnison County, Colorado, in United States. It’s one of the highest mountains of Colorado.

The road to the summit is called Taylor Pass Road (Forest Service Road 15C). It’s a 8,5 miles long trail. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. This extremely fun and scenic trail connects Taylor Park to the south and Ashcroft/Aspen to the north. When starting on the south side at Taylor Reservoir, the drive through the scenic Taylor Park is rather enjoyable with the nice views of the Sawatch Range immediately to the east. Go slow when the trail enters the creek, there can be some deep holes in there. Coming out of the creek can be the hardest part with wet tires, just look before you leap. This is a great mountain adventure; a terrific hill climb to the top of Star Pass and Taylor Pass. Once on top you are rewarded for all the hard work with spectacular views out to the Elk and Collegiate Peaks Ranges.

This is definitely not a Sunday drive. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs. During June, July, and August, a variety of alpine flowers light up the surrounding meadows and hillsides. If you do this ride in early fall, you will be rewarded with spectacular colors from the changing of the aspen trees that fill the hillsides and Castle Creek Valley. Once you gain Taylor Pass, the road drops steeply to Castle Creek Road. This is a great alpine bike tour that takes you up, over, and through some of Colorado’s most spectacular alpine scenery. The road is not for the inexperienced. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. Only 4x4 with high clearance vehicles. The road is impassable from October to July. July (may still be snowed in) and October (early snows may close the pass).
Pic&video: Shannon Drew