Hoosier Pass

Hoosier Pass in CO: enjoy a drive among the clouds

Hoosier Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.518m (11,542ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Park and Summit counties, in the U.S. state of Colorado.

How steep is Hoosier Pass?

Set high at the northern end of the Mosquito Range, in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Colorado State Highway 9. It’s a winding up and down road with some pretty sharp turns, with a smooth approach on the south side and has several switchbacks on the north side, with a grade of 8%.

Is Hoosier Pass open?

This road, located on the Continental Divide, is usually kept open all year round. During winter storms, however, the road can be closed. It’s traversable by all vehicles in good weather, but is occasionally closed during winter storms. Name comes from pioneers who settled the area from Indiana nicknamed the 'Hoosier State'.

How long is Hoosier Pass?

The road is 34.43km (21.4 miles) long running north-south from Breckenridge (in Summit County) to Fairplay (the county seat of Park County).

A gravel road to the top of the real Hoosier Pass

West of the pass, a minor unpaved mining road (Trail #2) climbs up to the real pass, at 3.692m (12,112ft) above the sea level. Make sure your camera is charged because the views are spectacular. It’s so steep that you’ll definitely need four-wheel drive. Don't think all-wheel drive will help you. It’s one of the highest roads of Colorado. The dirt road gives you a beautiful view of the jagged mountains to the west.

 

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