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Trail Ridge is one of the highest paved highways in the world. It tops out at 12,183 feet. It runs from the East side of Rocky Mountain National Park, to the West side; holding the headwaters for the Colorado River, Poudre River, Big Thompson and St. Vrain. The road remains closed due to high snow fields for most of the winter; but opened early this year due to low snow fall. It opened at 11:00 A.M. yesterday morning. From my garage, I can be on T.R.R. in about 40 minutes; so I took half the day off today just to get up there and see it for the first time this year! Here are some photos.

Longs Peak in background 14,259 Ft.

Got a text at this point: "Hey Scott, It's God ... Just making sure there is nothing else you need right now ..."

Mummy Mountain 13,425 Ft.

Ypsilon 13,514, Fairchild 13,502, and Mummy

Lava Cliffs and a wall of snow







That is about a 2,000 foot drop into Forest Canyon!

Trail Ridge Road in High Colorado!
 

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Wow awesome, thanks for sharing :)
 

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Darn, that looks fun.

I am thinking of organizing, and I use that term very loosely, at drive up Pikes Peak sometime this summer.
 

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Back in my college days, my girlfriend (now wife) and I used to drive both sides of Trail Ridge Road like a maniac on weeknights. We had great fun drifting the Porsche on the dirt switchbacks of the western slope (look out for the mobile radar van down in the flats though). I think it's all paved now.

We'll be back in the next year or so - probably a little more conservative driving - but with a Lotus this time😊

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Cool. Would love to do the drive sometime. Lemme know when you go again. Question is, track prepped Elise or R32 comfort cruiser. Hmmmm.

Doug, if you want to go up Pike's Peak, why not see if you can get in with the Audi club the Saturday before this year's race. Walter Rohrl is going to be leading a group of cars up in an S1 Sport Quattro. You can't ask for a better guide up the mountain!
 

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Great pics.

I am thinking of organizing, and I use that term very loosely, at drive up Pikes Peak sometime this summer.
The road is fully paved now, its a great drive. But last time I drove my Elise up Pikes Peak I got escorted down by the park rangers.
 

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Cool. Would love to do the drive sometime. Lemme know when you go again. Question is, track prepped Elise or R32 comfort cruiser. Hmmmm.

Doug, if you want to go up Pike's Peak, why not see if you can get in with the Audi club the Saturday before this year's race. Walter Rohrl is going to be leading a group of cars up in an S1 Sport Quattro. You can't ask for a better guide up the mountain!
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Please keep me posted. That sounds great!
 

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Cool. Would love to do the drive sometime. Lemme know when you go again. Question is, track prepped Elise or R32 comfort cruiser. Hmmmm.

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I am planning (weather currently looks very good) to head up and OVER the Ridge to Grand Lake on Friday some time in the early afternoon...which gets me to your second question: Lotus vs VW..... TAKE THE LOTUS...your (awesome) car will make me look better! I saw your vehicle, I believe, at the cars and coffee the other day... but did NOT get a chance to meet you!

And dave... I would be all about Pikes Peak... my brother lives in the springs and has a F-438TS and would surely come!:panic:
 

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i am interested because we are taking a trip to CB in about 40 days. was thinking of driving the elise, but in all actuality we might just rent a car.

I'm trying to convince myself bringing it up there wouldn't produce the HP I feel at ground level and wouldn't be as fun as I am dreaming it would be... (the wife is against bringing it)
 

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just curious, whats the 0-60 like at 13000 feet?
Well, Hmmm. I really dont push the car too hard up there... any car, really. Three years ago I took my MR2 Spyder around a curve after dark a little too quick and learned that the snowmelt which runs across the road freezes very quickly after dark at 12K. I didnt go over the cliff, but I saw my life flash before my eyes! In that same MR2 with a 1ZZ I would get the best mileage at high altitudes. My typical 37 mpg would go into the low 40's. I believe that is due to the car adjusting to the thinner air..with less oxygen the fuel mixture begins to look too rich and less fuel is injected.... so better mileage...but less power!
 

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i am interested because we are taking a trip to CB in about 40 days. was thinking of driving the elise, but in all actuality we might just rent a car.
Do it the Elise. Driving through those mountains with the top down is a great experience.
 

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I went up for a spin on Trail Ridge yesterday, the second day it was open. Figures somebody beat me to it!

I put together a little video. Okay, not so little - it's six minutes.
Trail Ridge Road - YouTube
Watch it full screen. I went back and forth to get a couple of different angles. This is just a few random bits.

I understand Independence Pass opened this week as well. I'm up for any and all of Pike's Peak, Mt. Evans, Independence Pass, TRR.
 

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I went up for a spin on Trail Ridge yesterday, the second day it was open. Figures somebody beat me to it!

I put together a little video. .
Very nice camera! We were only a matter of hours apart... judging by shadows I am guessing you were up there at about 10 A.M.? Still Cold, top up? It was warm until sundown the night before!
 

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Very nice camera! We were only a matter of hours apart... judging by shadows I am guessing you were up there at about 10 A.M.? Still Cold, top up? It was warm until sundown the night before!
The camera is a GoPro. Handy for certain very specific applications, but otherwise worthless. Damn thing as a 170 degree field of view so everything looks like it's miles away.

I got to the park at 8am, finished driving back and forth topside by 9:30. A bit chilly for me to be wandering around topless at 12,000'. Then off to a hike from Bear Lake. Tried a time lapse at the Loch, but got nothing worthwhile. Ah, well. It's an excuse to make that hike again.
 

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Air density is lower at higher elevations. Therefore there is less air resisting the car's forward progress. Thus better mileage. A trucker made me aware of that concept.
Great picts.
Kinda scary that there is so little snow up there at this time of year. I hope we don't run out of water!
FYI Independence pass is closed this Saturday for a bike race.
Jason
 
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