Indian Pass


Indian Pass - Grand County - Colorado - 8,290 feet
Badger Creek to north. Muddy Creek to south.

15.5 miles north of Kremmling on US-40, 1.5 miles east on CR-27, 0.6 miles north to the pass.
off-road - dirt bike or dual sport
(I've posted all the notes below because we've discussed this pass and its location off
and on for several years. It's great to see that one of us finally made it to the summit.)

photos by Shu Shushan, 8/2013


At the base of the pass.

At the base of the pass.

At the base of the pass.

At the base of the pass.

Looking toward the summit.

At the summit.
 

At the summit.
 

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Notes from Shu:
I finally found it and rode it. Located exactly as indicated on the topo and with the same coordinates as listed on Karst's passes file: N40 16 46.0 W106 26 38.0 .
The pass is low, very close to US 40. Ride up 1.3 miles and turn off the road into an overgrown parking area. At this point the area was fenced off when I tried a few years back. Now the wire and post 'gate' is wide open and cattle are moving freely through.
There is a very washed out 'No vehicles sign' posted on the fence nearby, I think by Colorado Division of Wildlife, but it is ancient and nearly unreadable. Anyway, it looked ok to me so I went through.
The track is an old 2-track, but so overgrown with sagebrush as to effectively be single-track, and in places so overgrown that you better have good brushguards on to keep the bushes from operating your clutch and front brake.
In the picture with the flowers, the approach through the sage brush goes straight up the 'V' in the center foreground and the last 50 meters is seen crossing right to left up the small bump in the middle.
The last 50 meters of track is totally washed out and is now a smooth, loose dirt slope that you traverse on a somewhat steep angle uphill. Turned out to be easy to ride but (editorial comment next, take it or leave it) take care as the area is fragile and deserves our good treatment.

photos by Curtis Kohl, 7/2010


Near the summit.

Near the summit.

A map.
Notes from Curtis, in response to Shu's e-mail:
This is a great score!! I've looked into this one a fair amount and even made an attempt at it in July 2010 but hit the same small parking area with the open gate and signage you did.
At the time we were on a long day of pass bagging from Granby to Steamboat Springs and chose not to try the 'single track' trail past the gate, plus at the time I wasn't sure if I was in the right place. I was expecting a better road than that. I researched it some more after we got home and realized it was the correct place and road, just very primitive. It did look doable though so I have intended to go back again and give it another shot so it is very cool to see you made it via that route!
The sign at the start of Forest Rd. 103 near Highway 40 clearly shows the pass at that location as well as all the other references.

photo by Roamin Carloski


Near the summit.



From United States Board on Geographic Names:
Feature Name ID Class County State Latitude Longitude Ele(ft) Map BGN Date Entry Date
Indian Pass 179985 Gap Grand CO 401646N 1062640W 8281 Whiteley Peak - 13-OCT-1978


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