Page Contributor(s): Mike Persellin, Minneapolis, MN, USA
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Cycling Rabbit Ear Pass
Ride 7.1 miles gaining 2,555’ at 6.7% average grade.
Climb summary by Mike Persellin, Robbinsdale, MN, USA
Rabbit Ears West is a tough if not very distinctive climb that starts outside of Steamboat Springs. It does have the distinction of being the only climb we list in this part of Colorado. It is mostly unvarying and not overly scenic. If you climb it in the morning, you will be chilled; in the afternoon, it is unshaded and often hot. Note that the climb ends at the western summit, not the pass. The pass itself is another seven miles of undulating road past pretty alpine meadows to the east, and is well worth undertaking. U.S. 40 has light traffic and an ample shoulder.