Los Pinos Pass

Driving the wild Los Pinos Pass in Colorado

Los Pinos Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.213m (10,541ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Hinsdale and Saguache counties, Colorado, in USA.

The dirt road to the summit, located within the Rio Grande National Forest, is called George Bush Drive (Los Pinos Pass Road). It’s totally unpaved and was a well used Ute Indian trail. This trail is easy its entire way, and any high clearance vehicle should have no problems navigating its length. The pass is 39.58km (24.6 miles) long, running west-east from Cathedral (on County Road 50) to County Road NN 14.

The road is a bit rocky and muddy in places. "Los Pinos Pass is Spanish for 'the pine trees’. It’s usually open from Summer to Early Fall. The Hayden Survey crossed this pass back in 1874 and Otto Mears built the Saguache and San Juan toll road over the pass the same year. The drive is steep. Starting from Cathedral, the ascent is 9.49km (5.9 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 493 meters. The average gradient is 5.19%.
Pic&video: Jim Gardner

 

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