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Old 08-28-2016, 05:43 PM   #15
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I hope you've looked into climbing Pikes Peak - it's 26 miles round trip - not a stroll in the park!

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I hope you've looked into climbing Pikes Peak - it's 26 miles round trip - not a stroll in the park!

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The OP just said, "go up Pike's Peak" not specifically hike up. By the way the current running record to the top and back, (26 miles, 7,400 feet vertical gain, is 3 hours 16 minutes, 30 seconds.

I've been up top a couple of times on the Cog railway, and driven it once. I've always been mindful that in the 'old days' Pike's Peak was used as a test of stamina for automobiles. I don't remember the exact figures, but auto engineers had calculated the run up and back was equivalent to xx,xxx miles of normal driving. Story was that after a couple of trips up and back on the road to the top then the whole vehicle would be dismantled and examined for wear. The time I drove it I was driving a rental car! It's not a trip for the faint hearted, a couple of times the road couldn't be seen over the hood and you had to watch out the side for a second or two to guide the car.

Pike's Peak's fame isn't because it's tallest in Colorado (it's #31) but because it's the tallest along the front range and visible for so far to the east. Also, old Zeb Pike tried to climb it and failed because of summer clothes and 2 feet of snow. Be prepared for the much cooler weather on top. The top visitor's center is famous for their donuts.
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Thanks for the info, we will probably bypass Denver if traffic is that bad but would still like to climb Pikes Peak just to say I have if nothing else.
He did say 'climb'.
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He did say 'climb'.
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Hey folks wife and I are planning a trip from Fort Payne Alabama to Silverton Colorado in sept. I plan to go direct to Memphis and catch I-40 west to Albuquerque and then 550 up to Silverton. We will stay there a week or so and swing by four corners on our way to Moab. Leaving Moab we are planning to go I-70 to Denver and down to Colorado springs so we can go up Pikes Peak. Leaving co. spr. we will take 25 I believe it is to Limon co. where we will pick up I-70 again on to St Louis, Nashville and home.
I have a 29' Four Winns class C with the GM 8.1 towing a jeep tj. Anyone know of any problems with my route or setup? Thanks
I-70 and I-25 aren't that scary to drive in an RV, I've done it a number of times over the years visiting my son who lives in Denver. You won't get much of a taste of the city just blowing through on the interstates.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:05 AM   #19
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Sorry for the confusion I meant drive up Pikes Peak.
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:06 AM   #20
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Silverton CO.

I just spent a week in Silverton last month. It's beautiful. Perfect for Jeeps. We ATV'd Hurricane, California and Engineer Passes. Jeeped to Yankee Boy Basin (outside of Ouray).

I don't like doing the Durango to Silverton run after a long day of driving. I usually stay at the Alpen Rose RV park just north of Durango and make the run to Silverton the next morning when I'm fresh. On several sections of road you will be doing 20 mph. Be sure to use lower gears and don't cook your brakes. They are also doing summer construction on some of the road. This will add an extra 30 minutes to the trip.

Durango to Silverton is only 48 miles, but plan on 90 minutes to make the drive with no construction.

I also recommend the train. You can ride the a bus one way and take the train back. (or train then bus). Two trips on the train is too much.

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We have stayed in Alpenrose, nice park but be watchful of sudden unexpected awning-eating wind gusts in that area. Ask me how I know... United RV just out of Durango, is nothing fancy but right next to the steam train tracks for some great photo ops. We are staying near Royal Gorge right now, Mountain View RV Resort. Weather has been rainy with new snow falling on the higher peaks near us. Might try to take a jaunt down 550 from the Montrose side on the way back, just for fun.
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Between Silverton and Ouray is Red Mountain Pass - just for general interest, this was the conditions yesterday! I've been over this pass with an RV as well.


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We did the same trip in June, 3500 miles, Rode the train, drove the million dollar road, Montrose, delta, Black Mountain, Idaho Springs (Gold Mine), Leadville,Rocky Mount Park, Estes Park, Colorado Springs and the cog train GET the Pikes Peak Donuts!!! We stayed in an RV park in Durango, Fairgrounds in Estes Park a total of 3 nights, the rest was in parking lots and rest areas.
I knew I was driving in the mountains, and not our little hills... We took 3 weeks to do this too.
Everyone is right on about their trip, but I loved the Durango Train, rode it both ways and would have stayed longer in Silverton but I was out voted.
Go and have a blast!

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I recently got back home from being in CO, went on CO Hwy 50 from Grand Junction to Pueblo and I-25. Monarch Pass is nothing to worry about. Just a long 8-9 mile pull to the top and then 8-9 miles down. I did the speed limit for most part, and had a toad behind the MH. Some real nice scenery along CO Hwy 50.
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As other have said the million dollar highway is very interesting road of travel. It has
some spots that can be very dangerous. I have traveled it many times in the jeep and
not in the truck with RV.

I would make sure you travel it during daylight hours during your trip.
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I recently got back home from being in CO, went on CO Hwy 50 from Grand Junction to Pueblo and I-25. Monarch Pass is nothing to worry about. Just a long 8-9 mile pull to the top and then 8-9 miles down. I did the speed limit for most part, and had a toad behind the MH. Some real nice scenery along CO Hwy 50.
Add to that a little detour at Delta on 92 through Hotchkiss and Crawford to see the Black Canyon! It puts you back on 50 at Blue Mesa Reservoir. Here are pics of Blue Mesa and a drive by Crawford.
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I have to side with most everyone who says to stay away from I-70. Its ok on the west side of the mountain but once you hit Vail Pass and then the climb to Eisenhower tunnel the fun is over. Coming down the other side and east into Denver is not very much fun. I live in Colorado and came over the mountains on I-70 into Denver on Friday only out of necessity. Bad road and traffic.
Taking hwy 50 through Montrose east to Gunnison, Monarch Pass and into Salida is breathtaking. The road is very good all the way to Colorado Springs or Pueblo. Since you have a Jeep the opportunities are many to enjoy the off road adventures. Old Downtown Salida and the surrounding country is worth staying for awhile. Just my humble opinion and have a good, safe trip.
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I have to side with most everyone who says to stay away from I-70. Its ok on the west side of the mountain but once you hit Vail Pass and then the climb to Eisenhower tunnel the fun is over. Coming down the other side and east into Denver is not very much fun. I live in Colorado and came over the mountains on I-70 into Denver on Friday only out of necessity. Bad road and traffic.
I agree - and in addition to traffic and bad road, to me its the steepest ascent on the journey, and it just keeps going and going. I don't feel it as bad with this MH, but pulling a 5er it was always a little bit white knuckle, especially with cars pulling in front of you.
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