Was planning to start from Golden but we wussed out and started from Bergen Park.
It was a beautiful morning and the climb up Squaw Pass went by quickly. I don't ride Squaw much but it's a great ride with little traffic and a nice consistent low angle pitch. We took it easy and enjoyed the beautiful weather....rode with a friend and we chatted the whole way up. I felt super good but didn't feel like pushing hard. We got to Echo Lake and had little snack and waited for our slow friend. He didn't show up after 45 minutes so we loaded up with water and headed up without him.
It was windy and when we broke above treeline I almost got blown off the road several times. Stopped for a couple of pics about 4 miles up from Echo Lake
My buddy and the panorama
We are headed to the peak just behind the ridge in the foreground.
The road goes that way.....Once we got over that ridge the wind was blocked for several miles
Yours truly at the summit...lots of cars were headed up today...you had to take your lane on the final switchbacks!
It was cold and windy up there...low 40's and 25-30 mph winds..got off the summit quickly but I came up that way about 5 miles ago.
The first 5 miles down to Summit Lake is not a fun downhill....the road is in awful shape and it is cold and windy. It is just survival to make it to the Summit Lake.
Took a bathroom break and lay in the sun out of the wind to warm up. I had dropped my buddy on the last few miles up so I waited about 10 minutes for him. We were just up there...
I just went up and came down that way...looking for my friend...
Gorgeous day and great fun! Can't wait to come back and do it again next year!