American Flag Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.878m (12,723ft) above the sea level, located in Gunnison County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the road to the summit is unpaved and impassable from September to July. A 4WD vehicle and an experienced driver are required. The mountain will be in view almost the entire way. It is very steep and only vehicles with enough power should drive up it. Starting from Italian Creek Road (FR759), the ascent is 4km (2.48 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 366 meters. The average gradient is 9.15%.
Located within the Gunnison National Forest, there is plenty of parking at the top. At the summit you can get fantastic 360 degree views. The top is obviously marked with American Flags. Most likely this road was created to get to the top of American Flag Mountain. The peak remained unnamed until the late 1890's when miners in the area put flags on its summit, and officially got its name.
Pic: Jeri Duke