August 12, 2002
4 of 5
Reviewed by: Jeff
, from Longmont, CO
The view from the top makes this climb worth it. Montezuma is a good launching point for several high-alpine routes. Start at 10,900ft in Montezuma, and climb to the pass at 12,600ft. This is Colorado high country. Rocks, tundra, wind, and incredible scenery. Mind you it's not a singletrack cruise through aspen groves, the constant climbing will make you work for every foot of elevation. You have to share the road with the dirt bikes and 4x4s, but most of 'em are pretty considerate; pulling over or asking if you have enough water; mostly they can't believe someone would do this without a motor. Take in the view from the top, as you lay there gasping for air. Bring lots of water, and extra layers. Even in August the windchill will cool you down quickly. The downhill is pretty fast, just beware of loose gravel in spots.
up, up, and up then bomb the downhill. If you're an animal go down the other side and come back up.
Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deer Creek Rd, Glacier Mountain, Peru Creek, Middle/North Forks of the Swan. Gonzo animals will enter the "Montezuma's revenge" race - multiple laps over these passes up to 14,000 ft.