My Bike Ride On The West Side Of The Pass - Paonia Reservoir To The Summit
Biking Colorado Mountain Passes June 22, 2013 - Today I biked from Paonia Reservoir to McClure Pass, a 16-mile climb with a 2600+ gain in elevation. Frequently,
I've been to the east side where the towns of Carbondale,
Redstone and Marble are situated, but this time, I wanted to
see something entirely new to me.
My 2008 Trek 1.2 bicycle, my faithful partner, is still getting it done! :)
There are plenty of beautiful aspen groves at the pass. If you enjoy fall colors, this might be a
great place to visit.
Don't get wrong, there's nothing bad about the west side of McClure Pass,
but the larger and more scenic mountains are on the east side in the Carbondale, Redstone, Marble section.
Also, stop by Hays Creek Falls; it's a short walk from the highway near Redstone.
Here's one photo of towering mountains as I faced the other side of the pass.
With the ride done and my bike stowed in my trunk,
I pulled over to snap this photo of mountains in Paonia. If you want a more challenging bike ride,
start in Paonia where it's 33 miles to McClure Pass.
Paonia Reservoir and its mountains were so pretty.