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Level: Intermediate
Length: 535 mi (861 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +23,055/24 ft
Total: 288 riders
 

Mountain Biking Colorado Trail

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#1063 of 1406 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#12107 in the world

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.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
Multiple trailheads around the state, click one of the individual segment listings above to get directions to a particular staring point. From Denver, start off S. Platte Canyon Rd.
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Dry (Aug 2, 2019)
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Q: Heading to CT for my first time this weekend. Any suggestions on where's the best to start at?
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

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!!)?
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!

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  • kuala_tahan
    *****

    Rode from the top of Monarch Pass and down Fooses. Relatively quick shuttle ride, 15-20 min or so probably. Monarch's a good warmup, and the Fooses downhill is pretty amazing. Steep, loose, rutted drop-in up top (with epic views), and it stays fairly steep for a while on tight, rooty singletrack. Gets picky for a while, then opens up through the forest, extremely fast, great dirt, occasionally very rocky and semi-technical, but mostly just fast and fun.

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  • Jeff Barber

    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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  • Sponas
    *****

    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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  • Mabryd
    ****

    Always a nice ride in the summer but a couple of inches (3-4) of snow make it a different ride . Great fat bike ride and the trail doesn't get that much use except for animals from late October-May. Add the loop around Mt. Elbert forebay reservoir for a nice extra that most folks never ride.

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  • Jmurphy8776
    ****

    A weekday with the aspens turning - hate to see what the parking looks like on a weekend. Anyway, decided to skip the weekly Buff Creek ride and continue to Kenosha since I'd never been there. It is an amazing ride. I only went 9k out and back to get a feel for the elevation and hills etc. Might try to get one more in before the weather changes.

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  • jgmtb
    *****

    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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  • Colton Lock
    ****

    So rad! A good mix of climbing and awesome descending with some breathtaking views. This trail has a good mix of tech and flow with some rocky sections and some screaming fast flow sections. Cruising through the Aspen's at 10500 ft doesn't get much better! I happened to see a moose and some mule deer.

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  • drtjumper2
    ****

    The less-common route of two rides that start from Kenosha Pass. Most riders head north towards Georgia Pass. Taking the south route will lead you to the boundary of Lost Wilderness Area. This ride is somewhat easier than the north route, with slightly less climbing, although there are still plenty of loose rock sections, which can make some some challenging (albeit relatively short) climbs.

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  • bigAD
    *****

    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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  • ducklover3
    *****

    Amazing trail you can ride different sections and get something new out of it every time

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