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Hoosier Pass, Breckenridge

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Scenic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Hoosier Pass (elevation 11,542 ft (3,518 m)) is a high mountain pass in central Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains of the western United States. The name derives from Indiana, nicknamed the "Hoosier State," which was the original home of many pioneers.

The pass is located on the Continental Divide at the northern end of the Mosquito Range, in a gap between Mount Lincoln (west) and Hoosier Ridge (east). It sits on the boundary between Park (south) and Summit (north) counties.

The pass provides a route between the headwaters of the Blue River (tributary of the Colorado River) to the north and the headwaters of the South Platte River in South Park to the south. It is traversed by State Highway 9 between the towns of Breckenridge (north) and Fairplay (south).

The highway over the pass provides an alternative route from Denver to the ski areas near Breckenridge and Keystone. It is generally open all year round, is traversable by all vehicles in good weather, but is occasionally closed during winter storms. The road over the pass has a smooth approach on the south side but has several switchbacks on the north side with a grade of 8%.

This pass is the highest point on the TransAmerica Trail, a transcontinental bicycle route that stretches from Yorktown, Virginia to Astoria, Oregon.

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  • Very nice trail head, with great parking and the large sign marking the Continental Divide. We walked a bit and took the picture to mark the elevation; 11,539 feet. No restrooms.  more »
  • Our favorite short hike of the week. We took the trail clockwise up the road first and then down the trail. Great views of the reservoir and surrounding mountains. Mostly open with some trees on...  more »
  • It's the Hoosier Pass!
  • Beautiful location to take in a hike. Elevation 11, 539. Chance to see wildlife; elk, moose, bear, mountain goats, and or blue Jays. Great place to get some amazing photographs of nature in it's whole. Not to busy. Camping.

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