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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +4,315/ -4,332 ft
Total: 8 riders

Mountain Biking Colorado Trail: Mt. Shavano thd to Chalk Creek thd

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#204 of 1,353 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#1,594 in the world

The Colorado Trail runs for about 12 miles between the Mt. Shavano Trailhead and the Chalk Creek Trailhead below Mt. Princeton. Along the way the trail tread, trail steepness, and overall difficulty varies drastically. Some sections are single-to-double black diamond, and others are moderate, while others are down-right easy.
Some sections are super rocky and rolling, some are super rocky and steep, some are smooth and rolling, some are smooth and steep... all told, you'll get a bit of everything on this segment!
One thing is certain: the views are incredible. Be sure to bring a camera!

First added by Greg Heil on Oct 28, 2013. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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  • kleppe   ✓ supporter

    Hopped on at CR 273. The first 3 miles were uphill. Lots of hike-a-bike opportunities. The next 4 miles were pretty fun, great flow with a couple of steep inclines up over 10k. I should've turned back at the turn out to 250. Would have made it a 17mi trip. But instead I took the road down to 285 and then back North to 270. 33 miles in all.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Wow, is Salida MTB heaven? This section of trail just makes you feel like you're riding on cloud-nine. Sure, there are some tough hike-a-bikes, but they aren't too long. Hey, it's mountain biking, that should be expected. But once you've hiked your bike, be prepared for a rip-roaring ride on it!

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