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This is a skin on a paved road between the winter gate closure and the summer trailheads at the summit of Guanella Pass.


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Miles

3.2

KM

Ascent

11,663' 3,555 m

High

10,873' 3,314 m

Low

790' 241 m

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7%

Avg Slope (4°)

9%

Max Slope (5°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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When driving up Guanella Pass from Georgetown in winter, the winter gate closure is roughly 2 miles and 800 feet one-way below the summer trailhead. There is ample parking at all times (one can simply park alongside the road if the parking lot is full, though it's not often full). Parking here is free as well, same as in summertime.

I'm mostly adding this ascent to PP so that maps are filled in - and to state that this would be the starting point for an approach to Square Top or Bierstadt's standard routes in winter.

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Jake Albright

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The summit of Guanella Pass, on the road in January
Jan 26, 2023 near Georgetown, CO
The first major switchback on Guanella Pass road, about halfway up to the summit & summer THs .. here the Evans/Bierstadt cirque looms in front of you
Jan 26, 2023 near Georgetown, CO

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