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Thread: Highest DRIVABLE US and Canadian passes.

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    Senior Member Sensei
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    Highest DRIVABLE US and Canadian passes.

    OK..who's got the answer:
    What is the highest DRIVABLE pass in the US and what is it's altitude?

    And the same question for Canada?

    Helodoc must know the answer for the US , and HiMiler, Faststage or drsmig the answer for Canada.
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    In Canada it is the Highwood Pass, 2206 m (7240 ft). Just outside of Calgary in Kanaskis country, great spot for mountain bike racing. The ZZR actually gets to operating temp by the time you get to the top.

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    Cottonwood Pass 12,126 feet but is gravel on one side and paved on the other.

    Independence Pass 12,095 feet is paved on both sides.

    There are higher roads in Colorado but not considered passes.

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    Highest Road In The USA
    Mount Evans Byway, Colorado

    Highest Paved Through Road In The USA
    Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

    Highest Unpaved Through Road In The USA
    Highest unpaved through road in the USA (and possibly in North America) is the Mosquito Pass between Leadville and Fairplay, Colorado. The summit of the pass is 13,186 feet.

    Highest Road In The USA East Of The Mississippi
    The highest point in the USA east of the Mississippi is Mount Mitchell in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I therefore assume that the spur road from the Blue Ridge Parkway to near the summit of Mount Mitchell is probably the highest road in the USA east of the Mississippi.

    Highest Road In Canada
    The highest drivable pass in Canada is Highwood Pass (7239 ft.)
    This road is Highway 40 in Kananaskis County, Alberta (southwest of Calgary).

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    Yeah, great.

    'cept he was asking about mountain passes, now go sit in the corner.

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    Not the highest

    But it's still fun to ride in these elevations

    BearTooth Pass



    Also rode Hwy 40 up to Canmore this past July - Beautiful!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by helodoc
    Yeah, great.

    'cept he was asking about mountain passes, now go sit in the corner.
    Do I have to? Can I bring my laptop with me?

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    What's the point of all this Ray?

    You planning a trip out to the American & Canadian Rockies?

    It's too late, we already got snow in Aspen Sunday Night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helodoc
    What's the point of all this Ray?

    You planning a trip out to the American & Canadian Rockies?

    It's too late, we already got snow in Aspen Sunday Night.
    Snow?? You going to do a repeat of the ZED's adventures this year, only on the Bimmer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJ
    Highest Unpaved Through Road In The USA
    Highest unpaved through road in the USA (and possibly in North America) is the Mosquito Pass between Leadville and Fairplay, Colorado. The summit of the pass is 13,186 feet.
    You will not want to attempt the Mosquito on a ZZR. I'd hesitate before attempting it on my KLR.
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