Cycling Tennessee Pass

The mountains are calling, and I must go ...
Cycling Tennessee Pass from Leadville is not intimidating. The distance is eight miles and the elevation gain is a mere 300 feet. (If you're looking for a more rigorous challenge, start in Minturn where there's more distance and a 2600 foot elevation gain.) Still, I wanted to get a bike ride in and the mountain views are nice. Does anything beat cycling in Colorado's mountains? I think not.

Tennessee Pass, Colorado
My trusty 2008 Trek 1.2 bicycle at Tennessee Pass, Colorado.

Photos and videos by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Galena Mountain, Colorado


My first photo was taken as I was leaving the periphery of Leadville. There is a trailer park on the left with beautiful Galena Mountain in the background.
Colorado Mountain Scenery I love this picture!

Into the wide open with a lush green field and mountains afar.

Mount Elbert, Colorado

Mount Massive, Colorado

The best views were behind me, where Mount Elbert (top) and Mount Massive (second) showed their magnificence.

Both of those peaks are 14ers, and the summit of Mount Elbert is the highest point in Colorado.

Horse Scene in Colorado I passed this attractive horse. :)
Colorado Highway Scenery I liked this view of the mountain, an abandoned cabin and the road.
Cycling Tennessee Pass

Tennessee Pass - Elevation 10424 Feet

Yours truly. This was my easiest bike ride to the Continental Divide in Colorado.

My other rides:
  • Independence Pass
  • Cottonwood Pass
  • Fremont Pass
  • Poncha Pass
  • Monarch Pass
  • McClure Pass
  • Dallas Divide
  • 2011 Bike Across USA
  • 2008 Bike Across USA
  • Mt. Elbert & Mt. Massive

    Mountains Around Leadville, CO

    Mountains On The Way Back To Leadville

    When you're biking fast, it's a pain to stop and take pictures. However, I did get two shots of the mountains.

    TOP: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive.
    SECOND: Peaks in the Mosquito Range, east of Leadville.


    So many mountains.

    Lots of huffing and puffing.

    Arrival at Tennessee Pass.

    It's not too shabby on the Continental Divide!

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