Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass, elevation 11,990 ft (3,650 m). above sea level, is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado, U.S.A..
It is located on the Continental Divide in the Front Range west of Denver. U.S. Route 6 traverses the pass; the twisty road is considered to be especially treacherous during the winter months. A steep, steady 6.7% grade, along with numerous hairpin turns on either side, make it difficult to snowplow the road regularly.

Loveland is the highest mountain pass in the world that regularly stays open during a snowy winter season. When the Eisenhower Tunnel opened in March 1973, it allowed motorists on Interstate 70 to avoid crossing the pass directly. Trucks that cannot pass through the tunnel (those carrying hazardous materials and those over 13'11" (4.2 m) in height) must still take US 6 across Loveland Pass, 800 vertical feet (244 m) above the tunnel.

Mount Sniktau,13234 ft / 4034 m
"Cupid" , 13117 ft / 3998 m
Grizzly Peak, 13427 ft / 4093 m



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