Q: is a cross bike suficient for this trail, or is it meant for mtb strickly?
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.
A: Thanks Jeff, Im not sure which section at this point. Just starting to do some research. Do you know which sections are cross friendly?
Q: for their great information and trail described we have the following questions. we come from Switzerland and know alpine bike difficulty levels according to singletrail-skala.de. how do you appreciate the difficulty of the colorado trail http://singletrail-skala.de/s3? There are sections that are more difficult than S2 level? if so, can you please tell us in which trail sections, between Denver and Durango? There are also more difficult trail sections than S4 level? if so, can you please tell us in which trail sections, between Denver and Durango? Does the downloadable gps track already includes the nationalpark bypasses? I do not know the monsoon time. It is possible to drive the trail between mid august and end of september? here in switzerland we normally use alpine passes with max. 3000 meters above sea level. what about wild camping, outside of wild reserves? We do not know any bears and wild cats in Switzerland. Contacts with wildlife are more likely or unlikely, especially when camping? where are there meaningful and realistic behavioral suggestions for wild animal contact? many thanks in advance for answers, and best regards Claude from Switzerland
Q: DO you have to ride the whole 535 miles
A: Nope! There are 28 true CT segments - you can ride any of them at any time.
Q: Has anyone completed the whole trail from start to finish - if so, how long does it take and where there any issues one should know about?
A: Yes many people have, with the current known record being just under 4 days. More info here: http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/479729
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?
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).
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Q: Hi every body, i will be with a friend in Denver colorado in a conference 13-17 October. I would like to do 2-3 days of mountainbiking before the conference. i will have a car and i dont care to invest 3-4 hours on the road in order to have a decent singletrack with nice landscapes. my limit is acrophobia (fear of heights). Any suggestions?
Q: Does this trail have a section closer to vail/Avon area?
A: Check out the Searle Pass segment
Q: how much does it cost
A: There is no fee to ride the CT trail, but there may be fees for parking, etc. depending on which segments you ride and where you put in.
Q: Anyone have ideas for loops on CO trail? Never been on the trail, would be flying into DEN starting at the trail head. Looking at a 3-ish day loop.
A: Hey Greg, thanks for the reply. I guess my question wasn't posed very well. Not looking to make the whole trail into a loop, just a section of it...like you mentioned, building a loop within it. I'll keep researching maps and such. Thanks!
A: Have you looked at the map of the Colorado Trail? It's a massive point-to-point route. While you could potentially put together a loop in the Buffalo Creek area, I wouldn't anticipate getting 3 days of riding out of it. Otherwise, if you really want to build a loop, you're going to have to use gravel and paved roads to make it happen. Best suggestion would be to put together a 3-day point-to-point ride with a shuttle.