Cycling Red Mountain Pass from Silverton (south)
Ride 9.9 miles gaining 1,681’ at 3.2% average grade.
Although much less difficult and a bit less scenic than Red Mountain Pass North, this climb is fun, beautiful and well worth the effort.
Climb begins in Silverton in southwestern Colorado.
Silverton is, you guessed it, a former silver mining camp which was designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 1961.
“ The town is situated at the center of the San Juan mining district. Prospecting began in the 1860s, but it was not until 1871 that the first profitable silver vein was discovered in nearby Arrastra Gulch. The late 19th and early 20th century residential and institutional buildings within the district reflect the prosperity brought about by one of Colorado’s richest mineral producing regions.” Historycolorado.org