Bent Peak

The road to Bent Peak in CO is not for the faint of heart

Bent Peak is a high mountain peak located in Hinsdale County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. A minor gravel road south of the peak climbs up to 3.953m (12,969ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest roads of Colorado.

Set high in San Juan Mountains, within the Gunnison National Forest, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s an old mining road leading most of the route to the summit. A high clearance 4 WD vehicle is required.

This road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). The road climbs steeply. Starting at Carson ghost town, the ascent is 954m (3,132ft) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 182 meters. The average gradient is 20.22%.
Pic: Anna Buffington

 

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