Marshall Pass, Colorado

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Marshall Pass, Colorado

Elevation: 10,842 feet

Nearest Towns West Of Divide: Gunnison

Nearest Towns East Of Divide: Poncha Springs

Rivers/Watersheds West Of Divide: Marshall Creek, Tomichi Creek, Gunnison River, Colorado River

Rivers/Watersheds East Of Divide: Ouray Creek, Poncha Creek, West Arkansas River, Arkansas River, Mississippi River



I drove to Marshall Pass from the east side from Poncha Springs today on June 21, 2007. It is approximately 14 miles on dirt roads from Highway 285, with much of the road being a former railroad grade for the Denver & Rio Grande over 100 years ago.



Mt. Ouray can be seen from Marshall Pass. Many climbers ascend the mountain by beginning at the Marshall Pass Trailhead (east of the divide) and traveling north on the Colorado Trail before continuing up the ridge to the summit. I felt inspired to maybe hike this mountain someday. ;)



The weather was disappointingly cloudy and I did not capture many decent photos of the mountains. I did photograph this semi-boring shot of the road west of the pass, which was closed because of recent erosion to the road. The view above is the Gunnison County (west) side of the Marshall Pass.

Related Links

Marshall Pass History - A brief explanation of the discovery of Marshall Pass.

Marshall Pass Road - My previous drive along the east side of Marshall Pass.

Town of Bonanza - An old mining town area in Saguache County in the Marshall Pass area.

Poncha Pass - My bike ride from Poncha Springs to Poncha Pass.



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