Colorado Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.58 out of 5
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Intermediate
535
miles

Singletrack
↑ 42,400 ft
↓ 47,800 ft
5,508
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Amazing singletrack, killer views, and lung busting elevation - what more could you ask for? Portions of the Colorado Trail are off limits to bikes so you'll need to detour around each of the 6 designated wilderness areas. Many day trip routes are available and connecting trails abound.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ August 19, 2010
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions
 

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Q: Heading to CT for my first time this weekend. Any suggestions on where's the best to start at? -b699305

A: If you're just planning to ride a section (as in, day-trippable), I say start with the section that goes through Buffalo Creek: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/colorado-trail-green-mountain.html This section is super convenient to Denver too which might be helpful. Another easily-accessible section starts at Kenosha pass at US 285: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/colorado-trail-kenosha-to-breckenridge.html If you're closer to the Durango end, the Molas Pass section starting at US 550 is killer with plenty of riding above treeline: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/colorado-trail-molas-pass-to-bolam-pass-rd.html

Jeff Barber answered on September 4, 2015. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: is a cross bike suficient for this trail, or is it meant for mtb strickly? -Gary Johnson

A: Some parts of the trail are totally 'cross friendly while others will spit up a 'cross bike and spit it out. :) Which section are you looking to ride? If you're looking to ride the whole thing I would suggest something with beefier tires.

Jeff Barber answered on June 11, 2015. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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System Trails (27)
System Trails (27)
Colorado Trail: Green Mountain
Colorado Trail: Morrison Creek / Lunar Loop
Colorado Trail: Redskin Mountain
Colorado Trail: Buffalo Creek To Lost Creek Wilderness Boundary
Colorado Trail: Kenosha Pass To Breckenridge
Colorado Trail: Waterton To South Platte
Colorado Trail: South Platte To Buffalo Creek
Colorado Trail: Searle Pass
Colorado Trail: Kenosha Pass To Lost Creek Wilderness Bound
Colorado Trail: Bolam Pass To Hotel Draw
Colorado Trail: Kennebec Pass To Junction Creek
Colorado Trail: Molas Pass To Bolam Pass Rd.
Colorado Trail: Frisco / Soda Creek / Blair Witch
Colorado Trail: Hwy 50 to Mt. Shavano Trailhead
Colorado Trail: Mt. Shavano thd to Chalk Creek thd
Colorado Trail: Mount Princeton to Avalanche Trailhead / Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Colorado Trail: Clear Creek Thd to Lake View CG / Hwy 82
Colorado Trail: Clear Creek Thd to Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Colorado Trail: North Cottonwood to Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Colorado Trail: North Cottonwood to Harvard Lakes
Colorado Trail: Fooses Creek
Colorado Trail: Twin Lakes / Hwy 82 to Half Moon Rd
Colorado Trail: Hwy 149 to Silverton
Colorado Trail: Marshall Pass to Sargents Mesa / Rd #855
Colorado Trail: Sargents Mesa to Hwy 114
Colorado Trail: Hwy 114 to Cochetpa Pass Road / #750
Colorado Trail: Section 8: Ski Cooper to Copper Mountain
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Reviews (17)
 

Granny Gear

April 4, 2016
uhmtb Granny Gear  
 
Review: super fun rode back in 2014

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Gramcounter


March 16, 2016
bigAD Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great trail. Great views. Can ride for days. I haven't done the whole trail, but is on my bucket list.

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Bunny Hop


November 30, 2015
 
Review: Awesome scenery loved it.

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Bunny Hop


October 6, 2015
ducklover3 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Amazing trail you can ride different sections and get something new out of it every time

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Singletrack


August 13, 2015
mongwolf Singletrack  
 
Review: I have ridden a few sections of the CT now. Each of them had a remote backcountry feel. The trail travels across a lot of big country. Gotta love it.

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Granny Gear

August 9, 2015
 
Review: We rode Monarch Pass and it is epic. We have trails like that I'm Washington like PCT but they're illegal to ride. We also rode Kenosha Pass out and back to the wilderness. It was really awesome too but in aspens, meadows, forests, and a couple stream crossings. It was more down than up on the way out, but you get a nice downhill stretch at the end coming back. I did make that gnarly rocky climb from hell. Just about tore a lung doing it. It took us longer than two hours too. We also rode a section near breckenridge and it was smooth and fast. I liked the other two way better. Two thumbs way up!

Similar Trail: Pcifiv crest trail

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Gramcounter


May 21, 2015
 
Review: I have only rode seg 1. Loved the trail. On one of my next trips I want to ride Silverton to Durango on the other end.

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Granny Gear

October 1, 2014
 
Review: Rode up through Waterton canyon and it was awesome! Quite the experience! Although, Waterton canyon is closed weekdays but fully open on weekends

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Singletrack


August 28, 2014
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
 
Review: Done the whole thing. Every segment is different but fun no matter what. You get everything from fast rolling singletrack to miles of brutal rock gardens.
One of the best riding experiences I've ever had

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Gnarly


July 11, 2014
mtbark Gnarly  
 
Review: We only did about 20 miles of this trail starting from the Little Scraggy Trail Head near Pine, CO. At first I thought it was going to be a boring ride as it started out on some fire road but it soon changed my mind. Lots of single track fun. Nothing really technical and the climbs were very manageable. One thing I enjoyed about this section was that we were able to tie into some of the Buffalo Creek trails for our return trip. Check out www.mtbark.com for a little more information.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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Colorado Trail MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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