12 miles
Distance
3,264 ft
Climb
-3,406 ft
Descent
3 miles
High Point

Shuttle Ride: Start the morning by leaving a car at the Herman Gulch trailhead before heading to Jones Pass area. I suggest parking at the lower parking as you will likely be faster then shuttling further up the jeep road, and the road gets crowded.

One of the most spectacular, yet often ignored, above tree line singletrack rides you'll ever find! The views along the Continental Divide Trail are breathtaking, and the quality of trail is surprisingly impressive.

Warm up with a bit of a grunt up Jones Pass Road before the beautiful alpine single track along the Continental Divide Trail. You will encounter six summits before reaching the rides high point atop of Hassell Pk 13,215’. Hard work with a screamer of a descent describes this superb ride. The Herman Gulch Trail is a gem of a downhill! Its hard to decide which part of the ride is the best.. magnificent alpine views, challenging climbs, techy pitches, fast flowing downhills!

The Herman Gulch Trail can get very crowded with hikers especially on weekends, if at all possible save your ride for a weekday, as you don't want your hard earned downhill to be slowed by dodging hikers

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Shuttle Pick-up/Drop-offJones Pass - Shuttle Drop-offShuttle Pick-up/Drop-off

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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Jones Pass to Herman Gulch mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -143 ft
  • Altitude min
    10,304 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,448 ft
  • Altitude end
    10,305 ft
  • Grade
    -0.2%
  • Grade max
    -67.2%
  • Grade min
    45%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,621 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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