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Hagerman Pass, elevation 11,925 ft (3,635 m), is a high mountain pass that crosses the continental divide in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. The pass traverses the Sawatch Range west of Leadville, connecting the headwaters of the Arkansas River on the east with the upper valley of the Fryingpan River above Basalt, in the basin of the Colorado River.Arrange to visit Hagerman Pass and other attractions in Leadville using our Leadville route planner.
The pass was named for James J. Hagerman, builder of the Colorado Midland Railroad. The Colorado Midland railroad crossed the continental divide through one of two tunnels (initially the Hagerman Tunnel (1887), later the Busk-Ivanhoe Tunnel (1893) at lower altitude) near the top of Hagerman pass. The latter tunnel now serves as a water diversion tunnel draining Ivanhoe Lake on the west side of the pass into the Arkansas River basin.
In 1909, the Shoshone Transmission Line was built to connect a generating station near Glenwood Springs with Leadville and Denver. This historic electric transmission line has been modernized several times and is still in use.
The pass is traversed by an unimproved road that is passable only with four-wheel drive vehicles, bicycles, ATVs, or on foot. Two-wheel drive vehicles will find it difficult due to some stream crossings and rocky sections. It is open from approximately late May through the arrival of the first heavy snow in mid or late autumn. The road has occasionally been blocked by fallen trees.
Hagerman Pass reviews
Most of this pass are a pretty easy drive. However, there are some patches where you're going to need decent clearance. We did see some standard 4 door, full-time 4-wheel drive vehicles along this...
Most of this pass are a pretty easy drive. However, there are some patches where you're going to need decent clearance. We did see some standard 4 door, full-time 4-wheel drive vehicles along this... more »
I’m really glad we drove our truck here. I don’t think I’d want my SUV out here. It is extremely rough and rocky in places. There was also some deep water. The wildflowers on the west side were...
I’m really glad we drove our truck here. I don’t think I’d want my SUV out here. It is extremely rough and rocky in places. There was also some deep water. The wildflowers on the west side were... more »
Did the full pass east to west. I would say the Leadville side is more technical but still has great views in a few spots but once you hit the summit and head down towards the west its still slightly technucal but views are amazing from the summit all the way down.
Great pass but definitely you need to know what the f your doing, great scenic route, it will take you about 3 to 4 hours to get to the other side and finally find pavement, 4x4 with off-road and high clearance cars are absolutely needed
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