Hoosier Pass

Breckenridge

Fairplay

Salida

A quick out-and-back from Breckenridge to the Continental Divide.

Road Biking Moderate

Distance
34 km
Ascent
622 m
Descent
622 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.9 km
High Point
3.5 km
Gradient
Hoosier Pass Map

If you’re looking for a quick road ride from Breck with a good dose of elevation gain, Hoosier Pass is your best bet. This quick out-and-back route climbs straight out of Breckenridge all the way to the top of the Continental Divide.

Description

Along the way up, take in the views of Quandary Peak, North Star Mountain, and the rest of the Ten Mile Range towering above you. Tourists from the Front Range, Texas, and beyond drive this road to take in the views—how much better is the view from the saddle of a bike?!

The popularity of this highway can make for heavy traffic, especially on the weekends, during the height of summer, and when leaves are peaking in the fall. Consider riding at off-peak times to avoid the motorists.

This twisty two-lane highway serves up a riveting descent on the way back down. With sweeping switchbacks and flowy tarmac, this paved descent is much more engaging than some of the road rides you’ll find in Colorado!

If you so desire, you can easily add on extra mileage over the top and down to Alma or Fairplay. Just remember that you’ll have to pedal back up and over Hoosier Pass to return to Breck—there is no alternative route back!

Difficulty

Moderate

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

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