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Tin Cup Pass Loop

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A bikepacking route in the Collegiate Range.


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68.3

Miles

109.9

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Singletrack

12,150' 3,703 m

High

8,587' 2,617 m

Low

7,866' 2,398 m

Up

7,868' 2,398 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features Commonly Bikepacked

Overview

This is a bikepacking trip that can be done in two tough days or three slightly easier days.

Need to Know

Mirror Lake's level can fluctuate with available water. The road can be inundated necessitating a hike around the lake to re-access the road.

Description

This route follows the Colorado South Park and Pacific railroad from Caulk Cliffs to Hancock. It passes over Williams Pass to again follows the railroad bed near the old townsite of Woodstock. An alternative route would be to follow the Tunnel Lake Trail to the Alpine Tunnel Connector and do a short hike-a-bike over the top to the west portal of the Alpine Tunnel.

A fast downhill puts you near Pitkin where you turn right to the Quartz Campground. In the spring, this area is filled with Fairy Slipper Orchids.

Continue north to Cumberland Pass followed by a fast downhill to the townsite of Tincup. This is the only place to obtain any kind of food or water on the route. Continue east on Forest Road 267 to Mirror Lake campground.

Out of Mirror Lake, a steep rocky climb awaits to the top of Tincup Pass. Some hike-a-bike awaits on this steep four-mile climb. The reward is the downhill from Tincup Pass back to St Elmo your car.

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Shared By:

Stuart Black

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Photos

Alpine Lake from County Road 162. with permission from adoverboy2
Sep 9, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Great views, even off the road!
Jul 16, 2018 near St. Elmo, CO
Chalk Lake from the Narrow Gauge Trail
Sep 1, 2019 near Alpine , CO
The trail is a stream on the south side of Williams Pass.
Nov 10, 2019 near Whitepine, CO
The views open up
Sep 24, 2014 near Salida, CO
Almost above treeline on FS839
Sep 24, 2014 near Salida, CO

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Jul 20, 2019
Douglas Edmundson
Williams and Tincup Passes impassable by anything but mountain bikes due to snow and water. Pretty remote - felt risky doing solo. 66mi — 9h 25m
Aug 25, 2014
Stuart Black
Bikepacked Day 1: 4:53, 31.5 miles. Day 2: 2:43, 18.6 miles. Day 3: 3:40, 18.6 miles 68.7mi — 11h 16m