Idaho Springs Climbfest - Guanella/Loveland/St. Mary's (Challenge Series #14)


This road ride is ride #14 in the RMCC Challenge Series (

Idaho Springs is one of the premier locations anywhere to climb from. The ride combines 3 great climbs into a 98 mile, 11,000 foot day. The setup allows one to easily shorten as you wish.

For this ride we'll meet at the USFS lot on the SW corner of the I-70/Hwy 103 interchange.

The first climb takes us up the 11,669 foot summit of Guanella Pass. After descending back to Georgetown, it's then up to 11,990 feet for Loveland Pass. On the way back we'll then "throw in" the climb back up above 10,000 feet to St. Mary's. We used to do this climb years ago but access by bike got shutdown due to I-70 work. There will shortly be a bridge going in from the frontage road that now allows us to ride this once again!


Ride Options:
--Guanella Pass only: 50 miles
--+ Loveland Pass: 81 miles
--Full Challenge Series route: 98 miles

Regroup point: We will have 3 opportunities to stop in Georgetown. We use the Shell station or the visitors center is just across the street if you only need water and a restroom. These come at mile 12, 34 , and 68.

Please join us on the mid-summer exploration of the higher up roads not too far from Denver!

Non-dues-paying members are welcome and invited to join us on any ride! After three rides we do requre that you join the club:

Lastly, for our Challenge Series rides, we like to have a second ride leader to help make the rides more friendly. Please PM me if you are willing to help out on this one!