Colorado Trail: Kenosha Pass To Breckenridge

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33
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↑ 11,900 ft
↓ 12,500 ft
10,004
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About this trail
Begin at Kenosha Pass trailhead. Best to get an early start if possible, as this trail took us much longer than we thought it would. The trail out of Kenosha is fairly easy and definitely scenic. It has a balance of uphill and downhill, although it does climb more as you get closer to the Georgia Pass area. This section is very lush and can be pretty treacherous when wet as there are many roots on parts of the trail that made for some slow going. Weather is unpredictable here too, so plan for bad weather!



The ascent up to Georgia Pass is more or less an easy climb, although the altitude (you are just above treeline) and strong winds may add some excitement for you. Once at the top, the views on both sides make the climb worthwhile and you will definitely want to bring a camera to record your journey. It is about 12 miles from Kenosha to the top, and may take about 3 hours depending on your ability. Technically, this section was not that hard.



The backside of the pass is where things start to get interesting. Once off the pass, you will immediately hit some great singletrack downhill and the climb up is forgotten. However, after a few miles you will run into some rocky sections of large boulders in the trail that will probably slow you down quite a bit. Roots are quite common in this section as well...and can also take their toll. We ran out of water (we carry 3L Camelbaks) about 6 miles below the pass, so make sure you take a water filter out there!



The CO Trail has been re-routed in one key place, and instead of following the road down for almost the entire length of the trail (as it appears on older maps), it now has a significant climb added in. If you have an up-to-date map, you will see this climb about 10-12 miles down from Georgia Pass. Be prepared as it is about 1000' over 1.5 miles and was quite difficult after having ridden in high altitude and having about 22 miles of trail behind us. It is a long steady climb to be sure, and you will be cursing the CO Trail folks for adding this section in...until you start going down again. This is some of the best singletrack you will encounter on the CO Trail anywhere from this point back to Denver. From the top of this ascent, almost all the way to Hwy 9, there are fantastic descents, easy and scenic forest sections, and just a few short climbs thrown in to keep you honest. Just great riding for the last 10 or so miles.



Once into Breckenridge, it is about a 4 mile ride up the bike path (south) until you get into the business part of town. You can ride to wherever you arranged to meet your friends. Have a nice meal, then jump in the car, head back to Kenosha (approx. 1 hour by car) to get your other vehicle, and call it a day. It took us about 8 hours to do the 32 trail miles...but we had some rain which made things extra slick and slow in a few places. A good weather day might cut that time somewhat. As with most any trail, you will want to bring a good map with you (we used the Latitude 40, Summit County Trails map).
added by SiberianGramcounter August 22, 2004
Trail Features
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  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: I would like to ride this from Kneosha to Breckenridge on May 30th. Am I crazy? Is this too early? -Guest

A: Yes, definitely too early. Especially this season, most of this trail will not be rideable until closer to July, late June at the earliest.

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May 18, 2015
 
Review: Fantastic ride, especially the section from Jefferson lake and over. Be very careful of moose in this area, and for most of the summer keep riding or suffer death by mosquito.

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September 28, 2014
 
Review: This trail has everything. Start up an easy short climb. Then descend out in the open with amazing views into some aspens. Some occasional techy spots, nothing too tough. Then starts a great long climb up to Georgia Pass. It's rooty enough to keep you on your toes, but not terribly difficult. Once over Georgia Pass the real fun begins. There is about a mile stretch of this descent that is very technical and fun. You will then cross a road and the trail gets very flowy and fast for a while before the last climb up. This is a few miles, some steep sections. It's not that tough if you started your ride somewhere closer than Kenosha Pass. Once at the top you get to start one of the best descents. Very fast, just a few fun little drops. I turned off on the Blair Witch Trail which is also crazy fun.

Similar Trail: Nothing is this good

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July 11, 2013
 
Review: This is definitely a tough trail, mostly due to the distance. I've only ridden from Kenosha to Georgia pass and back, about 24 miles. I wouldn't call it that techinical, there's a ton of roots to deal with and some rocky sections here and there, but I think most of it is smooth and fast. The climb up is really tough for me, took 3.5 hours both times, had to walk some with how dead my legs where. But the reward of 45 minutes or so of downhill is totally worth it! As everyone says, bring lots of water, I went through almost 3 liters. Be well prepared for changing weather too, you never know at these higher elevations. I just put up a video of part of the ride down.

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June 21, 2013
 
Review: If you're coming from Breckenridge then you'll need to head west for about half a mile on Revette Dr. (which is north of Breck) to find the trailhead. When you see a small pond on your left, park on the right side of the road. The trail goes behind the pond then there's about six switchbacks before you reach the top. You'll still be heading uphill after that but it won't be quite as steep as the switchbacks. Super Trail! Don't miss it! You can ride all the way to Kenosha or just turn around at anytime and head back to the trailhead.
The Topo map on this site is incorrect. It lists Revette Dr. as "Peak One Dr." on the Breck side of the trail.

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September 24, 2012
 
Review: Rode up to Georgia Pass and back down, real fun trail. Initial descent is fun, fast, and ridiculously crowded. At the bottom the crowd thins out, and you get a few techie sections here and there beginning the climb up Georgia Pass, but nothing too tough. It's long climb up, but not too killer. At the top of Georgia Pass, rode Jefferson Creek back down. Once you get below treeline, there's some rocky switchbacks, then it stops switchbacking and is just fun, flowy, (well-placed) rockiness that makes for an awesome and minimally crowded downhill. Riding through the aspens on the way back to Kenosha Pass (before the climb) is smooth and fast singletrack, then a not-too-bad climb back up to Kenosha. All in all an awesome trail, tons of fun, nice big ride with beautiful views. Bring lots of water and enough food to keep yourself going for about 10-12 miles of climbing all said and done.

Similar Trail: Monarch Crest, West Ridge

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June 15, 2012
 
Review: Great single track. You must be in really good shape or this ride will crush your soul. The first descent is a lot of fun. Then their is a long climb up to lunch rock. From their the uphill is fairly steady but not too tough. Coming back down, the downhill is great to the lunch rock area. It's a little rooty from that point to the road. From that point the best section is the last bit of downhill to the car at kenosha. I liked this section best but by the time I got to it I was worked. Overall a great trail but you must be in very good shape.

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June 13, 2012
 
Review: For a map of this trail, see the Colorado Trail/West Jefferson trail. This ride is just awesome! This is a totally backcountry, high-alpine route that requires you to be on your game both physically, skill wise, and with your preparation. Be prepared for tons of climbing, descending, rocks, roots, and just generally tons of gnar. Also, the views of the South Park valley can't be beat! I highly recommend it!

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September 18, 2011
 
Review: Roots, rocks, reggae. Great fun to be had on this trail when you are going downhill. The uphills can be a slog though, especially with that thin air-make sure you are well fed for this one and bring along a lot of water and energy bars. Not very technical but occasional spots that require some work, mostly just a long grunt on the uphills and blazing fast down that can be troublesome if you hit a root wrong. Great views as well. Give yourself plenty of time-took me just under 4 hours to complete.

* Review edited 9/18/2011

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August 9, 2011
 
Review: I didn't ride all the way to Breck, just to Georgia Pass and back down for 24 miles of extacy! The views are awesome and so is the trail. You get a little bit of everything on this trail and it's amazing to see the diversity of the trail. We saw a moose and a bear along side the trail. There are quite a few technical sections and not many easy miles on this ride. Make sure you take lots of calories with and plenty of water. I went through my 3 liters on a 72 degree day but didn't run out. The altitude didn't get to me until after lunch rock but then it took it's toll even though there wasn't anymore technical spots.

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July 24, 2011
 
Review: Rode Kenosha Pass to Georgia pass today. It is a fun trail, but it was definitely a challenge! I consider myself to be in good shape, and it kicked my arse and the other 3 in my group. Lots and I mean LOTS of roots to maneuver over. They provided a good challenge, and add the elevation, and it's a bruiser! You see a lot of more experienced bikers on this trail. Once you get to Georgia Pass though, you realize why you rode this beast. It's absolutely beautiful. One thing I had not see in any review is the mosquitos! They will eat you alive! We could not stop to take a decent breather, because in seconds they were all over you! Bring repellant!

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