Rabbit Ears Pass Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

7
FIETS
7.1 mi
DISTANCE
2,555 ft
GAINED
6.7 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Mike Persellin, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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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.
6.7% average grade (7.1% climb only).  74% of the climb is at 5-10% grade and 5% is at 10-15%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 9.3%. 

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Roadway:  This climb is on busy US 40 which is in excellent condition with a shoulder to ride in the entire climb. 

Traffic:  Moderate to heavy - this is not a climb for the traffic averse. 

Parking:  Just off the highway on Route 201 to the left at the start of the climb (MapStreet View). 
Provisions:  The nearest food and beverages are in Steamboat Springs five miles north (Map).
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This is a fairly remote area for climbing as there are no other big climbs in the area.  However, there are many recreational and fun things to do in Steamboat Springs during the summer - see Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce for more information. 

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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.