Colorado Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.57 out of 5
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Intermediate
535
miles

Singletrack
↑ 78,500 ft
↓ 84,600 ft
5,499
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
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: Can someone point me to fast/flowy sections of the trail? So far I've done part of Buffalo Creek (the non-CO sections were more to my taste), Kenosha to Breck (too technical until Middle or North Fork Swan River then awesome into town!), and Monarch Crest (epic!!)? -Graydon Lutes

A: The terminus section in Durango is definitely fast and flowy, though it's steeper than the other sections you mentioned. There are a couple ways you can loop this part: start at the Dry Fork trailhead and ride up Hoffheins to the CO trail and back down the Dry Fork trail. Or, start at the end of the CO trail off road 204 and ride up the road to the intersection with Log Chutes 2 for a bombing descent!

Jeff Barber answered on June 13, 2016. 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 and Kokomo Pass (Copper Mountain to Camp Hale)
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: 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 / Mount Massive Wilderness
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: Ski Cooper (Tennessee Pass) to Camp Hale
Colorado Trail: Tennessee Pass to Holy Cross Wilderness
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Reviews (22)
 

Granny Gear

May 22, 2017
 
Review: Everybody rate 5 stars to stop this dudes from ruining this trails ratings

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Granny Gear


May 22, 2017
 
Review: Thanks Johnnymac. Fred has done the same thing to other highly-rated trails as well--not sure why. Anyway, don't worry--ratings only count once per person.

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Granny Gear

May 22, 2017
 
Review: Since these guys are trying to ruin this trails rating...

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Granny Gear

May 22, 2017
 
Review: Good

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Granny Gear

January 24, 2017
Sponas Granny Gear  
 
Review: Traveled all the way from Norway and did the whole trail last summer with two good friends. Best long distance trail I have ridden, so many good sections, and beautiful scenery! Can not recommend this trail enough! Check out our video from the trip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeXnLbwwbiU

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Bunny Hop

August 8, 2016
jgmtb Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Rode a section of the trail from Camp Hale to Tennessee pass with my wife. The camp is a bit spooky, but a cool vibe. On the way out mostly uphill, great moderate to difficult terrain with some short ramps, and absolutely specular views. We turned back at the Continental Divide
On the way back we passed some small groups riding the whole trail and some hikers, but people were super friendly. Probably the greatest single-day mountain biking experience in my life.

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Granny Gear

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

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Trailblazer

March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
 
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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Epic


August 13, 2015
mongwolf Epic  
 
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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Colorado Trail MTB Trail 4.57 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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