ElevationAscent: 1,198' 365 m
Descent: -28' -8 m
High: 11,677' 3,559 m
Low: 10,489' 3,197 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A steep, loose jeep road to access the stunning Columbus Basin.”— Missy Thompson
The first portion of the road climbs steeply through the trees. At about the half-way point, you'll reach timberline and be rewarded with stunning views of Columbus Basin. However, the climbing isn't over, from this point you'll climb a couple of steep switchbacks. The grade mellows out as the road curves around to the north.
The road ends at the Columbus mine. The combination of the steep grade, loose road and high altitude make this a tough, but rewarding ride.
Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office
Jun 11, 2019: New District Ranger in Bayfield