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Molas Pass, Silverton

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Molas Pass is a high mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado in the United States.The pass is in the San Juan National Forest. The pass is traversed by the Million Dollar Highway, U.S. Highway 550 south of Silverton, which is part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. Though it is one of the higher passes in Colorado, it has only a few switchbacks on the north approach, is considerably less intimidating than Red Mountain Pass on the same highway, and is generally kept open in the winter months.Molas Pass is also the last mountain pass of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race, where riders race the train from Durango to Silverton.
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  • I've been up the Colorado trail via Little Molas Lake several times. Recently I took a friend from PA up the trail. I made sure she spent a few days acclimating to the area before we hiked. The first ...  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous. You will find yourself singing, "The hills are alive...." when you reach this pass. Plenty of room for parking and taking in the truly spectacular scenery. Mother Nature gets a fi...  more »
  • Great views here of the mountains and alpine meadows. Lots of parking, restrooms, and informative plaques. Great place to take a quick break on a drive along the Million Dollar Highway.  more »

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