Rollins Pass (aka Corona Pass)

 9 votes

35.7 Miles 57.5 Kilometers

Doubletrack

3,233' 985 m

Ascent

-2,674' -815 m

Descent

11,671' 3,557 m

High

8,457' 2,578 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

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11,671' 3,557 m

High

8,457' 2,578 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

The old railroad grade over Rollins pass from Rollinsville to Winter Park.

Alan Doak
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Needle Eye Tunnel is closed and barricaded, but a detour path over the tunnel is available.
Head up the smooth dirt East Portal road from Rollinsville. This part of the road is suitable for all cars and crowded, so many people drive this section and park at the Moffat Tunnel. Check out the Moffat tunnel, which made the original narrow gauge railroad obsolete, before heading up the switchbacks leading up to the continental divide. There is also a bore parallel to the Moffat Tunnel which pipes water from the west side of the divide to the east side, confusing the traditional definition of a continental divide as the division between 2 drainage basins.

As you near treeline, you'll encounter the lovely Yankee Doodle Lake and Jenny Lake. On the east side of Yankee Doodle lake is the Boulder Wagon Trail, which is how 4WD vehicles avoid the Needle Eye tunnel (which is closed and barricaded). But on a bike, there is a clear detour trail over the tunnel.

At the summit, there are a few ways to go, but they all merge back together again before heading down the west side of the continental divide. If you stick to the railroad grade, near the summit is the trestle bridge, which is quite a thrilling crossing. You'll also notice a large number of timbers next to the grade near the summit, which are the remnants of a near continuous snow shed.

Enjoy the pleasant downhill on the West side of the continental divide, while stopping occasionally to enjoy the view and to inspect relics of the railroad. Pop out onto Highway 40, and either cross the highway or ride the shoulder west a bit to access the Fraser River Trail which leads to either the town of Winter Park (West) or the ski resort (East) for food and drink.

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Sep 10, 2016
Pat Grewe
Sep 12, 2015
Pat Grewe
Aug 1, 2015
Heather Pore
moffat to 40 & back
Jul 24, 2015
Julie Rosser
Aug 2, 2014
Jordan Scampoli
RT from Boulder, via Magnolia 87mi — 9h 45m
Jul 26, 2013
Nick Wilder
Boulder to the divide and back 84mi — 11h 00m
Aug 4, 2012
Chris Chaney
From the plains to the pass and back 20mi

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  3.6 from 9 votes

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