Colorado Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.59 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: They all look fantastic! I think I'll start at Buffalo Creek. Looks like a nice trail...Hard decision to make, since they all look nice! Thanks.

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Q: I am planning on riding the colorado trail this coming summer. I currently use clipless pedals (spd), and I am comfortable with trails intermediate to advanced but I am concerned about doing the hike-a-bike sections in bike shoes. What are your thought about clipless vs flat pedals for this trail? -bill673

A: Yes, there is a fair amount of hike-a-bike so comfortable shoes are important. There are plenty of SPD options that fit the bill (like the FiveTen Kestrel). I would just stay away from really XC-race oriented shoes (you know, the lightweight, super stiff ones).

Jeff Barber answered on December 2, 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 (15)
 

Bunny Hop


November 29, 2015
 
Review: Awesome scenery loved it.

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Gramcounter


October 5, 2015
ducklover3 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Amazing trail you can ride different sections and get something new out of it every time

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Singletrack


August 12, 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 20, 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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Bunny Hop

June 9, 2014
 
Review: Great trail

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Gramcounter


May 1, 2014
blutzski Gramcounter  
 
Review: Kenosha Pass to Gold Run (Breckenridge) is the best ride I've done in Colorado. Bring lots of food and water.

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Colorado Trail MTB Trail 4.59 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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