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Imogene Pass

Average Rating:    (3.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

The trail starts in Telluride at 8750' and climbs to the top of Immogene pass at 13114', for a total elevation gain of 4300+'. The first part of the ride is on a pretty decent road. At about 11000' you reach an abandoned mining town which has the ruins of the highest YMCA in history. At this point the road gets a little rougher and steeper, but still not really technical. This ride is all about dealing with pain, just keep pedaling and breathing (which is hard at 13000'). It took me about 4 hrs. to reach the top (I was riding with some beginners who stopped halfway), and about 15 minutes to get back down. One of the problems with this ride is that it is a popular 4wd road, so there are lots of jeeps passing you. If you want to shuttle, you can keep going all the way down to Ouray, which is slightly lower than Telluride, so you'll get even more downhill.
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Latitude
37.94027155343197
Longitude
-107.81209945678711
Trail Directions
Starts right out of downtown Telluride. Start heading uphill to the North (opposite side of the canyon from the ski resort). Behind the last row of houses you will find the start of a jeep road, which at this point is just a nice gravel road.
Trail Length
6+(?) miles each way (4300' gain)
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Telluride-Ouray
   


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Review Date
September 3, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: stormpeakco ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A buddy of mine and I rode over Imogene Pass this past friday. It has been on my "to do" list for a long time and it was most definitely worth the arduous workout.

We nighted over in Ouray, left a vehicle in Telluride the next morning and began to ride from Telluride to Ouray @ 0645. We were the only mtbrs that we saw that day but saw plenty of motorcyclists and jeepers over the 17 miles and 4350' of vertical (sans mechanical issues). The viewshed was incredible but so was the human induced devastation from the unbridled mining decades ago. We enjoyed the screaming descent on well manicured Camp Bird Rd into Ouray and finished well before 12N and the inevitable afternoon thunderstorms.

For us middle age mortals, the Telluride to Ouray is the preferred direction as the section beyond the pass (miles 7-9) towards Ouray seemed far more choppy and with certain longer stretches of hike a biking due to the turf surface and incline at 13K (if one was traveling from Ouray to Telluride).. The majority of the jeep traffic in the early to mid am seemed to coming from the Telluride side.

The next morning we picked up the stashed Telluride vehicle (only overnight parking is @ the south lot on So. Mahoney) on the way down to Cortez to enjoy a few hours @ the always impressive Phil's World (one of my very favs). The contrast between those two back to back rides couldn't be more striking.

Recommended Route:
Telluride to Ouray.



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Review Date
May 31, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Todd A. , from Tarrytown, NY

Summary:
We started in Telluride and went to the pass from there. We were living in CO a couple years earlier and were confident with our climbing at altitude but this was a bit of a re-awakening to elevation. It's just rocky fire/jeep roads which are only a bit of a problem when you are cranking downhill. Scenery is amazing and the history is interesting..old abandoned mining ruins, sites, hardware, cliffs, waterfall. Got snowed on at the pass which we were prepared for (Sept.) and crashed in high speed downhill trying to beat sundown. After about 2/3rds, there is alot of real rocky sections that I had to walk up. The pass was spectacular, nothing else to say about that (even in my hypothermic condition!)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jud Webe, Bridal Veils road pass station



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Review Date
October 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

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Reviewed by: jon kofal , from zurich

Summary:
high-traffic jeep road. much better single trails on mountain and alta lakes to illium, wilson mesa, etc...

Recommended Route:
any other



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Review Date
July 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ben , from Albuquerque

Summary:
Zach wrote a great description, but I think the last two miles of the trail, above the ghost town, is a little more technical than Zack gives credit. I mean,
four hours, six miles... you do the math. There's
something going on here. I climbed two thousand feet
those two miles, encountering a whole mess of big honkin'rocks on some gnarly pitches... though like he said, it really was fun flipping-off all the Jeeps on the way down.

Recommended Route:
Just one way up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Telluride's in a Box Canyon, and a steep-ass one at



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Review Date
November 7, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Harald , from Austria, Europe

Summary:
If you want to view some pics from that trail then just visit my homepage: http.//harald.8k.com

Recommended Route:
Start from Telluride because this is a very nice town to stay for a while. Follow the road as Zach described it in the message below.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trail 401 in Crested Butte / Colorado



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