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HAYDEN PASS: Hike In Northern Sangre de Cristo Range (Near Coaldale, CO) - July 2, 2005
Hayden Pass, CO I took this photo standing on Highway 50 in Coaldale. Note Hayden Pass is the lowest saddle in the northern Sangre de Cristo range. If you take it all way, you will end up in Villa Grove in the San Luis Valley.
Hayden Pass Road Sangre De Cristo Mountains I actually took these two pictures last summer (Westcliffe pictorial) when I thought I could drive over the pass in my Honda CRX. No way Jose! You'll definitely need a high clearnace vehicle! :p)
ATV I did not meet another hiker on the 5 mile hike to the summit, but I did come across a bunch of ATV's. The rider in the adajacent photo stopped and chatted with me for a little bit.
Hayden Pass Road Ooooooh! A patch of aspens! ;)
Steve Um, the arms of my cheap sunglasses broke off. Oh well! :(
Hayden Pass Road
Hayden Pass Road
Hayden Pass Road
About 70% of the way up, here were some of the nicest views looking at towards the northern range.

Other pages from this region:
Villa Grove, CO
Swissvale, CO
Cotopaxi, CO
Texas Creek, CO
Salida, CO
Bonanza, CO
Poncha Pass
Zapata Falls
UFO Watchtower (San Luis Valley)
Great Sand Dunes

Upward we go! The road is a little narrow right there! :p)
Snow in July And look, patches of snow!
Jeep Neat! A jeep comes towards me. Folks, this is definitely a hikable and enjoyable trip, but I think this road is best suited for jeeps and off road vehicles. Next time I plan to hike the Rainbow Trail near the base of this road.
Hayden Pass, CO It was so nice to reach the top. I have not done much strenuous hiking this year, but fortunately my bicycling carries over into doing stuff like this.
Galena Peak From the Hayden Pass summit looking north, that's Galena Peak (alt. 12,461 feet).