« on: December 06, 2010, 11:04:15 am »
Oh, and I agree with Valygrl that, once you get to Frisco, take the bike path to Copper Mountain, and then over Fremont Pass to Leadville, then down to Buena Vista, over Cottonwood Pass and on to Gunnison. If you want some more mountains and a longer route, and maybe you want to visit Vail, then, from Copper Mountain, take Vail Pass to Vail and then Tennessee Pass to Leadville. That's the other two legs of the "Copper Triangle" instead of the third leg over Fremont Pass. You can go almost all the way from Frisco to Vail without ever getting on a road that permits cars.
This route misses Hoosier Pass, but it also avoids the okay-but-not-great route from Fairplay to Buena Vista.
The dirt part of Cottonwood Pass, in the direction you're going, will be on the downhill side (right after you summit the pass). It's usually in pretty good shape, but you're going to want to take it easy going down (I prefer dirt to be on my uphills). I don't know when you're going, but check to see that it's open. It often doesn't open until late June.