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Hoosier Pass, Breckenridge

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Scenic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Hoosier Pass (elevation 11,542 ft (3,518 m)) is a high mountain pass in central Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains of the western United States. The name derives from Indiana, nicknamed the "Hoosier State," which was the original home of many pioneers.

The pass is located on the Continental Divide at the northern end of the Mosquito Range, in a gap between Mount Lincoln (west) and Hoosier Ridge (east). It sits on the boundary between Park (south) and Summit (north) counties.

The pass provides a route between the headwaters of the Blue River (tributary of the Colorado River) to the north and the headwaters of the South Platte River in South Park to the south. It is traversed by State Highway 9 between the towns of Breckenridge (north) and Fairplay (south).

The highway over the pass provides an alternative route from Denver to the ski areas near Breckenridge and Keystone. It is generally open all year round, is traversable by all vehicles in good weather, but is occasionally closed during winter storms. The road over the pass has a smooth approach on the south side but has several switchbacks on the north side with a grade of 8%.

This pass is the highest point on the TransAmerica Trail, a transcontinental bicycle route that stretches from Yorktown, Virginia to Astoria, Oregon.
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  • The only reason we didn't rank this place as excellent is because the trails are not marked very well. It can be very confusing unless you know where you are going. I had researched on Trip Advisor....  more »
  • Had my 2 y/o so didn’t get to the top but was still able to see Views. Smoke from the fires was noticeable but this would be great when it clears up! It’s gravel road and you walk uphill the entire...  more »
  • It's the Hoosier Pass!
  • Beautiful location to take in a hike. Elevation 11, 539. Chance to see wildlife; elk, moose, bear, mountain goats, and or blue Jays. Great place to get some amazing photographs of nature in it's whole. Not to busy. Camping.
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