Colorado Mines Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.812m (12,506ft) above the sea level, located in Clear Creek County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.
The narrow road to the summit, located in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. It’s called Colorado Mines Peak Road . It’s closed to public vehicles. The road is usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). Snow is usually not plowed, so trail opens later in the season. The road is very steep. Starting from Berthoud pass, the ascent is 2.0 miles (3,21km) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 360m. The average gradient is 11.21%. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. 4x4 vehicle required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Conditions can change rapidly, be careful of the weather. Access through snow can change daily. Along with a great view remember that the top of this hike is above 12k so take lots of water and be ready for sudden weather changes. The road has several very long switchbacks. At the summit there’s an array of communications towers and other equipment. There are great views in all directions assuming you can ignore the telecommunication facilities. The wind is usually quite strong at mountain areas. High winds blow here all year long. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days.
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