Difficult Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.712m (12,178ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Gunnison and Pitkin counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest roads of Colorado.
Set high in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in the Elk Range, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It is called Richmond Hill Road. 4x4 vehicles with high clearance only. The road is impassable from October to July. July (may still be snowed in) and October (early snows may close the pass).
Located within the Gunnison National Forest, the road is 2.41km (1.5 miles) long, starting at Richmond Hill Road. High risk of avalanche. The road ends at Goodwin-Greene hut. Built in 1976 is named after Peter Goodwin and Carl Greene who passed away in a climbing accident.
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