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Rollins Pass (aka Corona Pass)

 13 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°)

Minor Issues

15 days agoUpdate

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

Alan Doak

Overview

Needle Eye Tunnel is closed and barricaded, but a detour path over the tunnel is available.

Description

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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Jul 9, 2017
Tarnelope
The rain made for fun conditions. 2 notable but short patches of snow, 1 a little before the tunnel and 1 right at the Rollins Pass gate.
Jun 25, 2017
Jeff Abbott
As of June 25 2017, the trail is still impassable. Less than .5mi from Yankee Doodle Lake, the trail is snow covered and not clearing soon. 20mi — 2h 00m
May 5, 2017
Absolut Ninja
Chillin in da snow, snappin pics 26.5mi
Apr 6, 2017
Dustin Jackson
Apr 2, 2017
Terry Bochenek
Is corona pass rideable right now on a fat bike?
Sep 10, 2016
Pat Grewe
Sep 12, 2015
Pat Grewe
Aug 1, 2015
HeatherP Pore
moffat to 40 & back

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 13 votes

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in Rollinsville

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in Rollinsville

#315

in Colorado

#3,451

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Conditions


Minor Issues 15 days ago
Snowy, Some Mud, Icy - It is mostly good but there are some icy and snowy sections from about 9700. Fat or plus should be fine to the top.
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July 1st is the normal mostly snow free date on Rollins. Aug 7, 2016
Scott McMahon
Boulder, CO
Scott McMahon   Boulder, CO
Worth doing, but I'd say this is a one and done type ride. Bring a patch kit and and tube since it's mostly chicken heads the whole way up. As said below it's popular with 4x4's so expect to eat some dust. Great views so it's worth doing at least one time. For full effect you can have someone shuttle you from WP. Apr 11, 2017
This a great high altitude ride, not physically or technically hard - you just need to deal with thin air. Note the gpx file does not take you over the ionic trestle bridges which are a highlight of the ride. Check out a map before you ride so you can find your way to the trestles. Make good use of the earned gravity and ride the single track system back to Winter Park - Yankee Doodle is fun! Aug 6, 2017

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