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By Guzzi Dave (5 McR Points) on Sep 22, 2014

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GJRonK
2267 McR Points
July 30, 2016
Almont is the last community before going to…
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Written Directions

From Gunnison Colorado, go north on HWY135 to Almont, then turn east on Road 742. Ridde 53 miles along the Taylor River to Taylor reservoir.

Scenery

Road 742 follows the river with a well maintained, curvaceous rout with many camp sites, and ample fishing opportunities. Evergreens, Aspens, and unique rock cliffs line the road.

Drive Enjoyment

Road 742 is 50 (roundtrip) miles of curves and twisties, it is well maintained if not a bit crowded with anglers.

Tourism Opportunities

Many camp sites and picnic sites with well maintained restrooms and some changing areas. There are also many rental cabins in the area.

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GJRonK
July 30, 2016
2267 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Almont is the last community before going to Taylor Reservoir, so be sure to gas up in Gunnison which has full services. Almont is usually pretty full of adventure seekers, as there are several outfitters located there. Beyond the small town, you'll travel up a narrow canyon entirely lined with trees, some aspen and cottonwood, but mostly spruce and fir.

The route travels along the Taylor River which is a respected trout fishing stream. This route leads up to the large Taylor Park central valley in the Rockies and then to many old mining towns, mine locations and 4WD roads. The pavement stops just after reaching the reservoir, so this route is only described to there.

While the climb from Almont (8,022') to Taylor Reservoir (9,420') isn't very much, the road lets you feel as though you are truly going "into the mountains." When you get to the top, the views expand tremendously as you can see so many 12,000' peaks. Mid fall when there are leaves changing and snow on the peaks is a great time to be there. Although late spring isn't too bad either. Well--summer works all right, too, and is warmer.
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