Jones Pass - 8/10/2022

Today (8/10/22), I made it across Jones Pass (12,454' ) for the first time this year. Looks like the last time I tried was 7/31/22. There is still some snow up there, but it's not blocking the pass. So, I went down on the other side (west side of the continental divide), and it was much rougher than I remember. We've recently had a lot of rain, and it looks like the west side is washed out pretty bad. I made it down and then back up, but I don't think I'd try it again alone. It was pretty rough climbing back up from the west side.

8/10/22
4:00 pm - 0.0 83°F - Leave house.
4:45 pm - 37 miles. 37 miles & 45 mins to Jones Pass exit off of US Hwy 40 77°F.
5:04 pm - 39 miles. 2 miles & 2 mins to trailhead. 77°F. (17 mins talking to people at mine).
5:29 pm - 43 miles. 4 miles & 25 mins to Jones Pass summit. 65°F.
5:43 pm - 46 miles. 3 miles & 14 mins to bottom of Jones Pass on the west side. 72°F.
5:55 pm - 48.7 miles 2.7 miles & 12 mins back on summit (headed down east side).
6:04 pm - 50.1 miles 1.4 miles & 9 minutes back down to treeline. 64°F.
6:15 pm - 52 miles 4 miles & 20 mins from summit to trailhead. 64°F.
6:18 pm - 54.3 miles 65f US hwy 40

So, it looks like it takes about 25 minutes to climb 4 miles from the trailhead to the summit, and the temp drops about 12 degrees F over that distance. Then it takes about 20 mins to descend 4 miles back down to the trailhead.

I didn't really track my time on getting back to the house because they were having a summer concert in Evergreen so I stopped to check that out on the way back.

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Webster Pass

Today, I rode over Webster Pass from the south side. This is the first time I've been over Webster Pass from the south side in a while. (I did find a video where I crossed over Webster Pass from the south side on the 2017 Africa Twin in 2018).

I rode on a Saturday because I figured there'd be more people out riding today and if I dropped the AT, I'd have someone to help me pick it up. I did run into a lot of other people riding today, mostly in Jeeps. One guy lost control of his dirt bike and went off trail. We were able to winch him back onto the road with a little bit of work.

The south side was rougher than I remember. I made it no problem, but it was busy and rough so that by the time I got to the switchbacks, I climbed up the switchbacks no problem. Then, down on the north side and I still had to do the water crossing. I made it across without any difficulty. Got my boots wet but made it across OK. Then I crossed Loveland Pass and headed down the hill on I-70.

Got some rain at Idaho Springs. Stopped at the gas station to get out of the rain, then finished the ride home (stopping at McDonald's in Evergreen).

I left at about 2:00 pm and got home at about 7:00 pm. So I rode about 5 hours today.

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Hot Springs in Idaho Springs

https://www.uncovercolorado.com/hot-springs/indian-hot-springs/

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Minneapolis, MN

If you ever find yourself in Minneapolis, you should go eat out at Lord Fletcher's on Lake Minnetonka. Lake Minnetonka is a huge lake just outside of Minneapolis and they also rent jet skis on the lake as well.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on August 5, 2022 at 2:49 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Minneapolis, MN

If you ever find yourself in Minneapolis, you should go eat out at Lord Fletcher's on Lake Minnetonka. Lake Minnetonka is a huge lake just outside of Minneapolis and they also rent jet skis on the lake as well.

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Pass Bagger - Aug 2, 2022

Today, it wasn't raining for reasons not entirely clear to me. So after the goat walk, I decided to try to go for a little ride. This time, the plan was US Hwy 285 to Buena Vista, get some photos in the Midland tunnels there, then, time permitting, summit Independence Pass from the east, then come back down by Twin Lakes, north on US Hwy 24 through Leadville, to Fremont Pass, then down to I-70, east on I-70 through the Johnson Tunnel (1979) Elevation 11,158 feet, then I-70 east to Floyd Hill, and home via Evergreen and Marshdale.

Mountain Passes in order I crossed them today:

  • Kenosha Pass - 9,997′ (Does not cross the Continental Divide)
  • Red Hill Pass - 9,993' (Does not cross the Continental Divide)
  • Trout Creek Pass - 9,487' (Does not cross the Continental Divide)
  • Independence Pass - 12,095′ (Crosses Continental Divide)
  • Fremont Pass - 11,318' (Crosses Continental Divide)
  • Johnson Tunnel - 11,158' (Crosses Continental Divide)

This is pretty much the route that I took today.

Aug 2, 2022
2:50 pm depart on trip. 0 miles. 79F°.
3:40 pm Kenosha Pass. 40 miles. 75° F.
3:56 pm.Red Hill Pass. 56 miles. 70° F.
4:32 pm Trout Creek Pass. 90 miles. 74° F.
4:40 pm Buena Vista. 104 miles. 82° F.
5:15 pm Turn off of US Hwy 24 onto Colorado State Highway 82. 124 miles. 77° F.
5:45 pm Summit the continental divide at Independence Pass. 147 miles. 59° F.
6:05 pm Leaving summit of the continental divide at Independence Pass. 147 miles. 59° F.
8:37 pm Arrive home. 277.5 miles. 70° F.

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