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Evening Falls on Castle Peak

It all started when a hoodlum crew of motorcycle yahoos made the high altitude trek from Aspen to Crested Butte. Not only did they disturb the little town with whining engines, but they got drunk and picked up the local women!

At least that’s how the story goes. What we know for sure is the people from Crested Butte decided to raise bikes instead of arms, and made the trek North to show the Aspenites a different kind of tough. After the daunting ride each year, they would continue the party at the Hotel Jerome in downtown Aspen. This is how the great Pearl Pass Tour got started. Click HERE for more history.

Castle Peak, as seen from part of the Pearl Pass Tour route. Elk Range, CO

Miners first forged the Pearl Pass road in 1872, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds still traverse the steep rock faces and inviting flowered meadows. Along with innovations from California, Coloradans offered heart and soul that changed the biking world into what it is today. Though some modified OHVs are able to make it over the pass, hikers and mountain bikers make up the vast majority of travelers. Though quite a few spots are rugged, Aspen’s side holds “The Steps” section, which eats stock SUVs alive. For further details, click HERE.

Check back later this week for more details and images from © Rodeonexis Photography…brought to you by Jeremy Weir

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