Searle Pass
Summit County, CO

I'd like to run some figures by you before we begin.

This ride started at Dillon, Co: elevation, 9,000 feet.
We rode to the top of Searle Pass on the Colorado Trail, elevation at Searle Pass:12,063 feet
Total round trip distance, 41.3 miles
All three attendees were aboard singlespeeds.

Aspens in the rockies, from just outside of Frisco, Colorado.

ditto, these were taken from the most excellent Summit County bike path system, which connects Dillon, Frisco, Copper Mountain and points beyond.

Colorado Trail, just outside of Copper Mountain Ski Area, Guller Creek alongside.

Co-conspirators: The Phreak

The Brit.

Beaver dams

Looking back down the trail as we busted out of treeline.
 I cannot describe the feeling of breaking out onto the alpine tundra after riding for hours. At this elevation the air is, needless to say, quite rarified. I felt slightly loopy, but at this point the pass was in sight and it would not do to stop so close to the top.

The view back down from the top.

No trees, no Krummholz.

Peeking north towards the Ten Mile Range

The Monkey taking in the Ten Mile.

Yep, 12,064 feet. 1 gear. No clouds. Lichen.

A well deserved rest.

Copyright Estate of Anthony Vail Sloan 2009