Imagine getting to bike under golden aspens. Imagine crisp mountain air, early winter vistas, and some of the most classic mountain biking routes in Colorado. Colorado Mountain Club is offering an exclusive trip to the heart of Independence Pass, one of Colorado’s most iconic roads, to cycle and explore the classic scenery of the Elk Range.
Along with one of Colorado Mountain Club’s most experienced trip leaders, Maddie Miller, you’ll get to experience challenging and scenic uphill rides, long flowing downhill cruises, and the joy of getting to experience Colorado biking out of season, when many have already written off the roads for the season. We’ll help you explore the secrets of the best fall cycling in Colorado.
Cycling Independence Pass
Independence Pass on Highway 82 straddles Aspen and Leadville and at 12,095 feet at the summit, is the highest drivable pass in Colorado. While the snow closes much of the pass in the winter, the summer months make it accessible as one of the most scenic byways in Colorado with lush aspens, big mountain views, waterways, and historic ghost towns.
Starting from Glenwood Springs, participants will ride the first day to Carbondale and then onward to Basalt on Day One, riding under the magnificent massif of Mt. Sopris in the distance.
In the afternoon we’ll have the option for a short hike on the Ute Trail as we discover the magnificent fall scenery of the Elk Range, which is unlike anywhere else in Colorado. Delicate Aspen foliage with snowcapped mountains in the background and quaint wooden cabins dotting the landscape, makes for classic Colorado scenery at it’s best.
From Aspen, we’ll ride over Independence Pass, the star highlight of the trip, with spectacular 360-degree views, classic Colorado fall colors, and some of the best cycle routes in the state.
“I have a lot of experience as a mountain guide, international traveler, and trip leader. In addition to having already done this exact trip before in a bike pack format, I have worked as a mountain guide for three years now. I worked for Sawtooth Mountain Guides in Idaho in 2017, leading backpacking trips, portering rock climbing trips, assisting horse-pack trips, leading base-camp trips, and leading mountaineering trips. I also work as a mountain guide (part-time) for Pacific Alpine Guides as an assistant guide, leading climbs on Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount Baker, and others. I also worked as a trip leader for Colorado College. Additionally, I have been a very active CMC trip leader for over a year. I lead local hikes around Golden, summit hikes, and others.
I have a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) from WMI-NOLS. I have my Avalanche Level Level 1 and 2 from AIARE. I have my Mountaineering Certification from Alpine Ascents. I also have my LIT Trainer certification.
I took a NOLS Semester Course in India that included a 45-day backpacking leadership course, a 12-day homestay, and a 12-day river rafting skills course. I travelled to India, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore in the fall of 2017 on a self-led, self-planned, self-guided trip with my friend. I have also travelled to Argentina on a self-led backpacking trip and mountaineering endeavor. I’ve travelled to Ecuador and Colombia for mountaineering objectives.”