Cumberland Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 3.662m (12,015ft) above the sea level, located in the Cumberland Mountains, between Pitkin and Tin Cup, in Gunnison County, Colorado, USA. It's one of the highest standard car road for summer use in the nation. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.
The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. It was constructed in 1882 to connect Tincup with the Denver-South Park railroad in Pitkin. From the summit you can view over 50 miles of the Continental Divide, as well as many of the abandoned mines of the area. Don’t forget your camera!
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. The pass generally opens a little before Memorial Day each year and closes before the first snowfall each winter. The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year. Cumberland Pass is one of Colorado's most scenic and historic passes. The road is used by regular passenger cars, and can be sandy and resemble a washboard. The Cumberland Pass Road begins at the north end of Pitkin. This pass is graded and quite easy. There are a few narrow spots, and the sides have steep drop-offs. Take you time and you will have very few difficulties. You will pass a number of mine entrances along the way. Please stay out of them. There are also a number of access roads that head off into the various Sliver mines on this mountain.
The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. From Tin Cup, the pass climbs through beautiful pine forests, clinging to the side of mountains and winding its way upward through many sharp curves and switchbacks. The dirt road is generally in good condition although it can get bumpy in places. Eventually, the road moves above the tree line and the view is stunning. The trail is very easy and can be driven in a passenger car without any problems but is open to ATV's, dirt bikes, and Jeeps.
Pic&Video: Walter Baumgarten