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FS 839 Alpine Tunnel 4x4 Road

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A historic rail road grade dirt road that's an easy climb.


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10.5

Miles

16.9

KM

Doubletrack

11,596' 3,534 m

High

9,676' 2,949 m

Low

1,922' 586 m

Up

1' 0 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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This 10 mile road makes for a pleasant climb and way to get to the Alpine Tunnel connector and CDT Alpine Tunnel. It also makes for a scenic and historic out and back ride.

While there isn't any singletrack on this 10 mile stretch, the scenic and historic nature of this road makes it worth the ride. The road starts just past the town of Pitkin, CO. Look for a turn off to your right and a brown sign that reads "Alpine Tunnel" 10 mi. There is a pull out and parking immediately to your left once on this road.

The 10 mile ride up to the old restored train depot is pleasant with a very easy gradual grade. Along the way you'll pass a few old water tanks of which have been restored. Also, you'll pass many points of interest with historical information about the area and many great photo opportunities. Once at the end of this road you'll come to the old train depot where you may go inside to view historical artifacts and photos of the area. This makes for a great lunch spot or a place to get away from weather or wind.

This road is best ridden in the fall, early morning, during the week or not during peak holidays. It seems as if it's popular among the ATV and Jeep world which might be heavily trafficked during holiday weekends.

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Adam Kagy

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The views open up
Sep 24, 2014 near Salida, CO
Almost above treeline on FS839
Sep 24, 2014 near Salida, CO
The rock wall has stood solid for over 100 years
Sep 24, 2014 near Salida, CO
Back on the road after descending the south side of Williams Pass, looking in the general direction of Tomichi Pass.
Nov 10, 2019 near Whitepine, CO
Near the switchback on FS839 Alpine Tunnel
Sep 24, 2014 near Salida, CO
The Alpine Tunnel train depot and original tracks
Sep 24, 2014 near Buena V…, CO

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