Jones Pass to Herman Gulch
ElevationAscent: 1,810' 552 m
Descent: -3,229' -984 m
High: 13,205' 4,025 m
Low: 10,306' 3,141 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“An epic, above-tree-line traverse south on the CDT from Jones Pass to the Herman Gulch trailhead.”— Tom McKim
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Fitness and experience pushing/carrying your bike up rocky trails is crucial. The only drawback is that this trail is built and maintained for hiking, so biking it presents many rock challenges throughout.
Need to Know
Jones Pass Road is miles of flat, then some steep twisting, smooth jeep road. It has excellent views of the West Fork Clear Creek drainage. Tons of camping and parking options along the whole road, nearly all the way to the top.
A ride to the top and back is possible with a great payoff at the apex. For others, continue south on the Continental Divide Trail, riding, pushing and carry your bike as necessary. At its high point, you'll be at 13,209 feet.
The second half of this journey is more or less all downhill. From the divide, pristine singletrack awaits you with very little foot traffic! Unbelievable views, scenery, and trail unfolds until the junction with the Herman Gulch Trail. Turn left to finish the downhill run to the second car (that you left there the night before). This section of trail is very popular for hiking and especially families. It's quite rooty and rocky, but rides very well!