Riding Above Treeline: Jones Pass to Herman Gulch
- From Denver take exit 218 from I-70 W (about 1 hour from downtown Denver).Cross I-70 and park at the Herman Gulch Trailhead.
- Load up your bikes and gear and get back on I-70 E. Take the exit for US 40 E to Henderson Mine Rd (about 22.5 miles from Herman Gulch Trailhead).
- Follow Henderson Mine Rd up as high as you like. You can park at or near the Continental Divide. We parked off US 40 E and rode up because we are hard core like that.
Alpine Single Track
- From the parking area at the top of the Continental Divide the hike a bike starts. There is also usually a large snowbank crossing and very loose rocks on your way to the summit.
- You will encounter short flowing sections along the ridge and steep slow climbs as you cross the saddle to the summit.
- From the summit enjoy the downhill to the valley where treeline starts. There are a few spurs once you hit this valley so check your map or MTB project.
- There is a climb out of the valley and over the ridge to get to the Herman Gulch trail but it’s not bad compared to what you’ve already done.
- Once in treeline the trail becomes much more populated, potentially muddy with slick roots.
- The views are absolutely incredible and make every hiking section worth it.