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Rollins Pass (aka Corona Pass)

 3.5 (17)

35.7 Miles 57.5 Kilometers


Doubletrack

3,233' 985 m

Ascent

-2,674' -815 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

11,671' 3,557 m

High

8,457' 2,578 m

Low

Shared By Alan Doak

Conditions


Minor Issues 19 days ago
Muddy, Snowy, Icy - 4WD with high clearance vehicles only. History

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

Alan Doak

Dogs Unknown

Features eMTB allowed

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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Oct 27, 2018
Kristi Lahusen
Snow on road to Rollins Pass. 4WD only with high clearance.
Sep 29, 2018
Barry Greene
Sep 16, 2018
Adam Taylor
Made this an out-back for a real big day. — 8h 30m
Sep 9, 2018
Mike Toney
Sep 8, 2018
CJ O'Reilly
Aug 26, 2018
CJ O'Reilly
Aug 23, 2018
Chad Dean
Aug 4, 2018
Patrick Burns
Surprisingly mellow grades. Lots of middle of the cassette climbing.

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 17 votes

#1

in Rollinsville

#3589

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  3.5 from 17 votes
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#1

in Rollinsville

#302

in Colorado

#3,589

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Did this yesterday, mid week, and encountered only a few vehicles. Parked in Rollinsville, went up to to divide over tunnel using path because it's blocked, and over trestles. Fall color was spectacular. Posted a vid at youtu.be/BPaVc1scOuw Sep 13, 2018
Any reason not to start this ride from the East Portal lot to shorten it a bit for time? Sep 13, 2018
Suppose that you are traveling from Boulder to Winter Park on a cyclocross / gravel-grinder bike loaded with a couple of panniers, and you are getting a mix of rain, hail, and snow that limit your visibility. You have pushed this bike up the trail above the tunnel. When you see the wind shelters, bear to the right (North-East). You want to get back down to Rollins Pass Road as soon as possible. Do not be tricked into going left (West) and following Boulder Wagon Road, which is more like a long, skinny collection of 10 cm rocks than a road. Other than pushing my bike for 2.5 km along Boulder Wagon Road during a snow storm, I had a great time on this ride. I had even more fun going back to Boulder from Winter Park a few days later when the weather was clear. If you do not mind a lot of vibration and occasionally pushing with your feet, this ride is feasible on a cyclocross bike with 40 mm wide tires. If you are coming from Boulder and want to avoid riding in Boulder Canyon, I recommend taking the bus from Boulder to Nederland. Returning to Boulder, Magnolia Road is a good option. Sep 28, 2018

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