Guanella Pass to Golden Canyon State Park
October 5, 2019 - October 5, 2019
Address: 16565 E 33rd Drive Aurora, Colorado 80111
The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway is a great introduction to Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Climbing to timberline, the byway takes in views of 14,060-foot Mount Bierstadt and the alpine tundra before descending into cool groves of aspen and pine, as well as the historic town of Georgetown. From the town of Grant along U.S. Hwy. 285, head north on Guanella Pass Road to the town of Georgetown. The paved road leads you over 11,669-foot Guanella Pass with its spectacular views of Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt. This road, while a detour from Hwy. 285, provides a perfect snapshot of the Rocky Mountain ecosystem in only 22 short miles. Have your camera ready — animal life is plentiful throughout the area, with bighorn sheep and the occasional beaver making frequent appearances. One hour and miles of inspiring views later, you’ll come across historic Georgetown. A former mining town, Georgetown is now known for its spectacular scenery and well-preserved history. Take time to get acquainted with the area through short city walks or extended hikes into the backcountry. Dine and stay at any one of Georgetown's restaurants or hotels while surrounded by Colorado's mining history. Established as an incorporated town in 1868, Georgetown was a miner’s camp that had a distinct geographical problem. It was rich in mineral deposits, but freight options for getting the massive amounts of ore out of the Rockies were limited. That is, until 1877 when railroad magnate Jay Gould brought the Colorado Central Railroad to the area. With the extension of the line connecting Georgetown and Silver Plume, the fortunes in the mines could more easily be transported to Denver's smelters. The new rail line also strengthened the local economy by turning Georgetown into a service community for surrounding mining camps.
This ride is free and open to all Club EagleRider Members and prospective members. Please RSVP so we know how many members will be joining us! RSVP Here.
- Meetup time: 08:00 AM
- Kickstands up time: 09:30 AM
- Google Maps Ride Route: click here.