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Hoosier Pass, Breckenridge

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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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  • This is a great road to get to Breckenridge. The snowplows are proficient in keeping the pass open and the road is in good condition. We always use this route when we head to the ski areas in this.....  more
    This is a great road to get to Breckenridge. The snowplows are proficient in keeping the pass open and the road is in good condition. We always use this route when we head to the ski areas in this.....  more »
  • Hoosier Pass is probably best visited on a clear summer day when the vista is viewable and the roads are not ice covered. As we neared the pass several 4x4 vehicles had problems with traction. 
    Hoosier Pass is probably best visited on a clear summer day when the vista is viewable and the roads are not ice covered. As we neared the pass several 4x4 vehicles had problems with traction.  more »
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  • So worth it!
  • Great drive, views and hiking.

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