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A grinding climb along a shared-use road topping out at Ptarmigan Pass.

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7.5

Miles

12.0

KM

Doubletrack

11,740' 3,578 m

High

9,207' 2,806 m

Low

2,533' 772 m

Up

344' 105 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

Resolution Mountain Road is the last leg of the Dirty Copper Triangle. The road is an extremely popular 4-wheel drive road, heavily promoted by commercial rental operations. Couple this with a brutal 5.5 mile climb averaging over 10% grade for the top 2.5 miles, and the final 1.5 miles at nearly 14% can make this climb frustrating.

There are three distinct road intersections along this climb: the first near the bottom with 708, McAllister Gulch Road on the left; the second 715, Pearl Creek Road on the right at 1.5 miles; and the last 751, Ptarmigan Road above timberline on the left 1/2 mile from the summit of Ptarmigan Pass. Top out at Ptarmigan Pass, and exalt in the fact that you've made it to the top!

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in Gore Range

#38815

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#10

in Gore Range

#3,773

in Colorado

#38,815

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The trail isn't special up here, but the views are!
Jul 3, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
View east from Ptarmigan Pass.
Jul 3, 2014 near Brecken…, CO
Ptarmigan Pass
Aug 10, 2021 near Copper…, CO
Midway up Resolution Road.
Aug 10, 2021 near Copper…, CO
Resolution Road near Ptarmigan Pass.
Aug 10, 2021 near Copper…, CO
The top of Resolution Road
Jul 3, 2014 near Brecken…, CO

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