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Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass

Average Rating:    (4.64 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 28

The Colorado Trail (which is this ride) crosses the 285 right here at the trailhead. Several easy parking turnouts. Heading west uphill into the southern edge of the camping area will bring you to the trailhead in about 100yards. It's 12 singletrack miles west to the summit of Georgia Pass. The first 6 miles are mostly rolling hills and beautiful southern exposure vistas of South Park. There is a fair bit of biker, hiker traffic on this first section as there are several easy access points. Once you ride beyond the 6 miles toward the west you only pass other grinning hardcore bikers. It becomes a long steady grunt 2000 foot climb over 6 miles to the Georgia Pass Summit somewhere over 10500 feet. Decisions at this point include returning the 12 miles from whence you came or continue along the Colorado Trail over the crest into the Swan River drainage down another 20 miles to the Gold Hill parking lot just 3 miles north of Breckinridge. The latter choice is best for a shuttle ride unless you want to do over 60 miles out and back with over 8000 feet of climbing. I've done the shuttle and the out/back several times. You can't lose either way.
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Latitude
39.21363530066982
Longitude
-105.99454879760742
Trail Directions
Hwy 285 west out of Denver 60 miles to the easily identified summit of Kenosha Pass.
Trail Length
24 outback or 34 shuttle
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Fairplay
   


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Review Date
October 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Clayton ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Not too late in the year before the snow flies. Rode it yesterday (October 7). 28 degrees at Kenosha pass when we started and a blustery 30 degrees when we arrived at Georgia pass around noon. A beautiful, crystal clear Colorady day in the mountains, this is a postcard ride. The bright sunshine kept us warm the whole way. From the South Park vistas and aspen grove slaloms to the high altitude views from Georgia Pass, this ride has it all - and it's exhausting! Did the 24-mile out-and-back in 6 hrs. Not as technical as the standard front range workouts but the tree roots and sheer length and scale of the climb puts it at the top of the difficulty list. Our GPS put the elevation at Georgia pass over 11,400 ft. I'll do this one again - perhaps in summer.



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Review Date
July 19, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Trader Joe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My first time riding a true mtn classic in every way. As an intermediate conquering Denver's front range (i.e. Centennial Cone, Lair o the Bear, Mt Falcon), I knew the 24 mile CO trail ride would be quite challenging. We rode from Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass and back in just under 6 hours. You'll notice the elevation within the first mile as you climb 1-2 miles into a meadow. Then, the 4 miles of downhill starts to Jefferson Creek. Sweet! The trail is much more technical than I expected. Rocks and roots are consistent on the trail. As one reviewer mentioned, there aren't any easy miles. Even the downhill can be tricky. The climb up to Georgia Pass is long and sustained with a few hike-a-bike technical sections. Once at the top of Georgia Pass anticipating the climbs back to Kenosha Pass, I knew I was in for some extreme fatigue. The downhill from Georgia Pass to Jefferson Creek is pure CO bliss. I mean, it doesn't get much better. Very fast. However, once you start climbing, I was completely gassed and I actually had to walk up the steeper sections of the climb. I can ride Buffalo Creek 30-35 miles w/o dismounting, but the CO trail is by far an advanced mtn bike trail that demands respect for endurance. This is not a trail to half ass.

Recommended Route:
None. Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Monarch Pass



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Review Date
June 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jake ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Hi! Wanted to say that there is no real snow to worry about from Georgia Pass down to the Breck/Tiger Run trail head.

Recommended Route:
If you dont want to bike 60 miles, but dont have a car for shuttle, and can do about 40 miles, you are in luck. This trail can also be accessed from French Gulch trail in Breckenridge, but its18 miles to the Geoagia Pass (once over French Gulch Pass, climbing 2500 feet to 12,100, and then another 1500-2000 feet to the top of Georgia Pass). A burner for sure but Incredible!!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
French Gulch Pass is great right now, no people and LOTS of wild flowers.



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Review Date
August 23, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Colorado Yooper ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This ride is a yearly trek, I really forget from year to year how technical the ride is. Roots, Rocks, and close in trees. Every year I feel as though I got worked over by Mike Tyson. But it keeps me returning.
The ride is fairly short, however it is a grind and technical to boot. There are places to rip, but in the trees roots and rocks are everywhere. It is best to ride this dry, any water makes it 10 degrees tougher.




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Review Date
September 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Vaughn ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Another benchmark ride. Top ten. Did a September shuttle ride from Kenosha over Georgia and down toward Breckinridge. Great climbing workout for 2 or 3000 feet. The drop west off Georgia down the Colorado Trail is ridiculous fast. Down in the trees it gets a bit rocky to mess up the speed rhythm, but mostly of the fun variety. That 1500 foot climb back up to the backside of Keystone is painful after 20 plus miles already in the saddle. We took several conversation breaks on that hill. But the descent off there is just aaawesome. Clingy hillside singletrack that you can actually push the high 20s. Big chainring stupid fast railing. Not technical, but plenty of impending punishment if the steering gets twitchy. Big trees to thread between and sharp drop offs. Fast arriving switchbacks can be surprising as well. This is third time I've done this same route, but the first time in about four years since moving to California. Just an unbelievable good trail. Great high country riding at it's best. Scenery is top notch, trail is mostly buffed, aaalll singletrack for 33 miles.

Recommended Route:
We tried something different this time, when making that last push uphill to that drop down into the trailer park we found a poorly hidden secret trail heading north, which of course we took for about 2 or 3 miles, then hopped onto a more recognized trail into the Keystone Valley drainage. We ended up skirting around a golf course at the east end of the lake and dragging ourselves up to Keystone to meet with our shuttlers and Mexican dinner. 41 miles. Probaby not worth it, but don't be hiding singletrack from me.



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