Red Mountain No. 3

The road to Red Mountain Number 3 is not for the faint of heart

Red Mountain Number 3 is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.932m (12,900ft) above the sea level, located in San Juan County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.

Nestled high in the San Juan mountains within the San Juan National Forest, the road to Red Mountain No. 3 is totally unpaved. It’s an old mining road. Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. It is not generally snow-free until late June or even July in some years. Views at the summit are outstanding, with an endless sea of high peaks to the east and west.

A 4WD vehicle and an experienced driver are recommended. The summit hosts a small communication structure. The road is pretty steep. Starting at Forest Road 825, the ascent is 4km (2.48 miles) long, with an elevation gain of 444 meters. The average gradient is 11.1%, hitting a 20.4% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.
Pic: Dan Hamilton


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