Guardsman Pass from Big Cottonwood
Measured from the turn-off just below Brighton in
to the pass,
its not a very long climb.
You can always start 3 or 4 miles down Big Cottonwood
(e.g. the Spruces) to make it more interesting,
or start at the mouth of the canyon to make it really nasty.
The pavement ends about 2.4 miles up and the road gets pretty rocky
(though hard-packed) so this is no road bike ride.
From the turn-off to the pass is
3.1 miles and 1070 vertical feet.
Measured Road Distances
Miles Elev. Landmark Latitude, Longitude
0.0 8630 Turn-off
0.9 8910 Gate
2.4 9330 Pavement ends
2.7 9480 Pavement starts
2.8 9520 Pavement ends
3.1 9700 Pass