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The "High 5" to Mt. Evans + ADD NEW ROUTE


7   in Colorado Colorado24 Miles

By Nitro
on May 1, 2005

4.8out of 5

8 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

There are a couple different ways you can get to the starting point for this route.
- One is to take I-70 (west out of Denver or East out of Georgetown) to Idaho Springs and exit at exit #240/Route 103 south. You would just take 103 about south for about 12 miles.
- The other option is to exit I-70 at/near El Rancho, CO (Exit # 252) and take US40/route 74 south till about 3 miles later when 74 meets state route 103 which you want to take west for about 15 miles.

Both options above bring you to the "Mt Evans Highway"/state route 5 which is where the real fun (and this motorcycle road) begin. Head up into MT Evans on the MT Evans highway/SR 5 ... one way trip is about 12 miles ... round trip of course being about 24 miles. If you like the thrill of the Beartooth or the Trail ridge road, this one will make you forget them both! This route is a must ride for any biker! With any luck you will get a clear day as you can see over 75% of Colorado from up there! And you are looking down at most of it!

Scenery

Mountain tops! You are looking down at most of Colorado's mountain peaks! This is the highest paved road in the US! Goes over 14,264 feet. Get near the edge and she's quite a thrill! Not for the faint at heart! But something to see! Lower elevations is typical dense forest switchbacks. You will soon go above the tree line and while the area is barren, the vista you can see is amazing!

Road Quality

Road has a few bumpy areas, but no problem as you will not be in a hurry up there!! Top end has fairly new pavement, although about 15 feet wide!

Roadside Amenities

I think it cost 4-5$ toll ... best deal in the country! Has a visitor center and restaurant at the start, nothing else till a parking lot at the top. Just bathrooms up there. For some riders it will be too late!!(don't look down). You'll also be traveling through the Arapahoe National Forest and will want to take in its beauty.

Additional Info

*** If you are in the area, definitely head south and west of here and go over Independence Pass just East of Aspen! Another trail to rival the best! - View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on July 15, 2009 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Few roads could ever compare to the high altitude scenery this ride will provide. Similar to Pikes Peak but it's paved all the way to the summit. It's a thriller. A must ride. But, be very careful. Take your time. The switchbacks are very sharp and narrow.

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By Guest
on June 22, 2008 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

The El Rancho route will have less traffic congestion but have many bicyclists so be careful on those blind curves. There are restrooms at Summit Lake, probably about the half way point. One more word of caution, watch out for the bighorn sheep. They are very tame and can be found on the roadway anywhere above timberline. This is a great opportunity to take some incredible pictures so don't forget the camera. At only 60 miles from Denver to the summit, this is a must see.

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By jonypopr
on July 6, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make H-D

Motorcycle Type Touring

Beautiful ride, plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery. Take plenty of water, the altitude will hit you in a hurry.

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By Guest
on April 22, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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I really like starting from The El Rancho way and heading west on Squaw Pass Rd. to the gift shop and diner.
You can't ride your bike to a higher point anywhere in the North American continent than here, not far away is another high adventure that entails riding to Leadville which is the highest incorporated city in N.America.

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By Charles Peterson
on May 18, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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In addition to proper riding attire, fleece and rain gear are always appropriate for the ride up this mountain since weather can change at a moments notice. During a beautiful clear day, fog rolled in as my buddy and I descended down the mountain. We were pelted with quarter-inch ice pellets for a third-mile @ half-way point and then rode in full sun to the base.

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By bikerj
on July 6, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1999

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Touring

rode this route right after Labor Day, 2012, so Summit Lake was as high as one could go because the road to the summit from that point was closed "for the winter".

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By CVO Dave
on February 9, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson CVO Ultra Classic

Motorcycle Type Touring

This was an amazing road. The the wildlife, The swicthbacks that come with instant Karma if you miss one of them, No Guardrails and the dizzing altitude all add up to a check mark on the do not miss list.

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By Poola
on February 23, 2012 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Suzuki Boulevard

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I feel so honored to have ridden this road . . . Colorado was my 2nd BIG motorcycle trip, with Wyoming being the first. Mt. Evans is definitely a thrill in many ways. The road is narrow, somewhat bumpy and doesn't offer many guard rails, if any. The day we went it seemed rather congested and as though nobody wanted to share the road, but again, it's a very narrow road. Breathtaking, literally, the altitude will get you if you're not accustomed to it. My bike didn't like the altitude either but we did it and loved every minute! Took this trip with 10 other bikers from KY - best time of my life yet!

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