Pictures of Mt. Princeton

Cottonwood Pass By Road Bike

My Biking Photos From Buena Vista, Colorado to Cottonwood Pass - 19.6 Miles One Way

Biking Cottonwood Pass ... It can be done! Cottonwood Pass Bicycle
I never said I was stylish, but here's my photo of me and my red Giant OCR3 road bike at the top. :)

Mount Princeton May 26, 2006 - I started my ride at the Buena Vista traffic light and headed west. Before entering the narrow canyon that leads to Cottonwood Pass, I snapped this photo of Mount Princeton.
Colorado Cycling Now I did not take many photos from the Cottonwood Hot Springs to the Denny Creek Trailhead. This second photo was taken somewhere below timberline. The cyclist ahead may have been in his upper 50's or early 60's, and he was a great encouragement to me! :)
Cottonwood Pass Road Biking on switchbacks on Chaffee County Road 306.
Plenty of snow remains. Jason and I hiked in similar snowy terrain during our ascent of Mount Yale earlier in the month.


Only one mile to go, I reached a clearing with a view of the pass Love all the snow! This is Colorado at its best, folks! :)
Cottonwood Pass After the last major switchback, this was the last hill to the top. It took me three hours to go 19.6 miles of significant uphill, but it was so worth it. The ride down was glorious as I whizzed downhill at about 30 to 35 miles per hour for much of the way.
Cottonwood Pass I did it!
Cottonwood Pass!
Snow at Cottonwood Pass A massive pile of snow.
Cottonwood Pass Beautiful mountain scenery.
Cottonwood Pass More stunning mountain views.
A snow cornice.
Rocky Mountains

UPDATE: I also made a page dedicated to when Robert and Twain biked Cottonwood Pass five years later.

A photo looking west on the Gunnison County side of the Continental Divide.

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