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Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
At Grand Lake, Colorado take Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain NP to Estes Park, then down to Boulder. It's a good climb over the pass, but you should be mighty strong at that point, it's beautiful!
While Trail Ridge is indeed the prefer way to go, have an alternative route in mind. September is usually mild in Colorado and you shouldn't have problems but be prepared. Trail Ridge can close if a storm comes in. Alternative routes are CO125 to Walden (although you can cut off and go over to Gould via some dirt roads) then over Cameron Pass to Fort Collins or Berthod Pass to the I-70 corridor. You'd have to take the detour through Central City and Black Hawk (BOO! HISS!) to Peak to Peak Highway (CO119) to get to Boulder.

I don't think you'll need these alternatives but at least keep them in mind. This year has been a weird weather year.
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