The Wild Road to Almagre Mountain
Almagre Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.774m (12,381ft) above the sea level, located in Teller County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest roads of Colorado.
Located west of Colorado Springs, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Forest Service Road 379. Looks to be an old wagon trail. It’s not well maintained; there are lots of rocks, ruts, and washed out sections. The final part of the road is blocked by a gate.
The road can be driven by a capable 4WD vehicle. The summit is crowned with a communication antenna and the views from the top are incredible. It provides outstanding views of the Sangre de Cristos and even the Sawatch. The drive is pretty steep. Starting from Forest Service Road 376, the ascent is 12km (7.45 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 486 meters. The average gradient is 4.05%.
Pic: Kyle Santa-Romana