Hardscrabble Pass

Hardscrabble Pass - Custer County - Colorado - 9,085 feet
Silver Park Creek and North Hardscrabble Creek to east. Querida Gulch to west.

CO-96 west of Wetmore
The new alignment of the old road from Wetmore to Westcliffe.
Widely known as Hardscrabble Pass by bicyclists and other travelers.
Documented in "Cycling Colorado's Mountain Passes" (Magsamen) Pgs. 158-159.
pavement - road bike

#127 - photos by Randy Bishop, 10/4/2008

At the summit looking west.

At the summit looking east.

At the summit.

At the summit.

One mile north of Wetmore.

Google Earth view, looking east. North Hardscrabble Creek drainage is in upper center of view. Old Hardscrabble Pass is between Querida and Pocahontas Hill.

San Isabel National Forest Service map, 1972. Green dot on CO-96 is "new" Hardscrabble Pass. Green dot on County Road 329 is "old" Hardscrabble Pass.

Recognized in "The Passes of Colorado, An Encylopedia of Watershed Divides" by Ed Helmuth & Gloria Helmuth.
Is not included in United States Board on Geographic Names.

Other geographic features in the area from United States Board on Geographic Names:
Feature Name ID Class County State Latitude Longitude Ele(ft) Map BGN Date Entry Date
Hardscrabble Mountain 192202 Summit Custer CO 381131N 1051147W 10380 Hardscrabble Mountain - 13-OCT-1978
Middle Hardscrabble Creek 192221 Stream Custer CO 381112N 1050618W 6745 Wetmore - 13-OCT-1978
North Hardscrabble Creek 192216 Stream Custer CO 381112N 1050613W 6716 Wetmore - 13-OCT-1978
South Fork North Hardscrabble Creek 192217 Stream Custer CO 380947N 1051129W 8337 Hardscrabble Mountain - 13-OCT-1978
South Hardscrabble Creek 192232 Stream Custer CO 381112N 1050613W 6716 Hardscrabble Mountain - 13-OCT-1978
South Hardscrabble Park 192341 Flat Custer CO 380427N 1051307W 10361 Deer Peak - 13-OCT-1978

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