Juniper Pass East Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Juniper Pass East

CO, USA

All the cycling data and info you'll need to climb Juniper Pass East

Page Contributor(s): Christopher Jacobs, Byers, CO, USA; Steve Jones, Olympia, WA, USA

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Climb Summary


Cycling Juniper Pass East, Colorado - view looking town a straightaway on a two-lane paved road along mountainside, dense forestation and blue sky

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.

Cycling Juniper Pass East, Colorado -  photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, roadsigns for Colorado Highway 103 and Interstate 70, cyclist standing in front of bike next to sign for Arapaho National Forest picnic ground, views down mountainside showing dense evergreen forestation and patches of grey rock

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.

Cycling Juniper Pass East, Colorado - sign for Arapaho National Forest and 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.

Cycling Juniper Pass East, Colorado  - photo collage, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner, Welcome sign for Mt. Evans, North America's Highest Auto road, reflection in Echo Lake of mountains, clouds, evergreens, road sign for Bergen Park and Mt. Evans

Turn off to Mt. Evans, 2.7 miles past our summit. 

Cycling Juniper Pass East, Colorado - selfie of cyclist wearing PJAMM Cycling jersey along roadside at high point between Squaw Pass and Echo Lake

Juniper Pass (11,130’) is an unsigned high point

located between Squaw Pass and Echo Lake, near Mt. Evans.

Thank you Steve!