Cycling Juniper Pass East
Ride 14.8 miles gaining 3,423’ at 4.3% average grade.
Both sides of the Juniper Pass climb are entirely within Colorado’s Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests which are jointly managed by the National Forest Service. Arapaho National Forest, established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt and named for the Arapaho Native American tribe consists of 723,000 acres, and Roosevelt National Forest, established in 1902 by President Roosevelt (originally named Medicine Bow Forest Reserve and renamed to honor President Theodore Roosevelt in 1932) consists of 813,000 acres.
The Juniper Pass East bike climb begins at the intersection of Highway 74 and Squaw Pass Road (Highway 66) by riding west and up Highway 66. We ride past Squaw Pass at mile 8.6 and bend left onto Highway 103 at this point and ride another six miles to our destination. Overall, we ride 14.8 miles to elevation 11,156’ gaining 3,631’ at a 4.3% average grade from the east side of Juniper Pass.
Ride report from PJAMM Cycling’s Steve Jones, Olympia, WA:
The east side of Juniper Pass begins in Bergen Park, CO (7,822 ft.) at the junction of State Routes 74 (Bergen Parkway) and 103 (Squaw Pass Road). The ride traverses Squaw Pass (9,807 ft.) and reaches the unsigned high point (11,130 ft.) after 15.9 miles. The grade is moderate and the pavement smooth. 2.7 miles past Juniper Pass is Echo Lake (10,597 ft.) and the turn to Mt. Evans (14,260 ft.). The Juniper Pass ride is an alternative starting point to Idaho Springs for those cyclists headed for Mt. Evans.
Turn off to Mt. Evans, 2.7 miles past our summit.
Juniper Pass (11,130’) is an unsigned high point
located between Squaw Pass and Echo Lake, near Mt. Evans.
Thank you Steve!