|   Rate it:

Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,219/ -1,333 ft
Total: 3 riders

Mountain Biking Cumbres Pass Cdt Loop

  Add a review
#1,042 of 1,362 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#17,024 in the world

This is a shorter and more accessible loop than the one through Lagunitas

Camp Ground.

Trail details:

Continue down Hwy 17 on your bike for 1.86 miles. There is a large turnout

on your right and the start of USFS Rd 117. Turn right and follow this road.

By the way, if you are familiar with the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

running from Canada to Mexico, this road is part of that route. If you are

looking for dispersed camping areas, there are some nice spots along this


At mile 4.82 you reach the New Mexico state line which means you leave

the Rio Grande National Forest and enter Carson National Forest.

At mile 7.57 you reach a fork in the road. Turn right and follow USFS Rd.


At mile 8.97 the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) crosses the road. You will

need to be alert. There are small signs on both sides of the road, but the

trail itself is not very well traveled right here. Turn right. You will follow on

the right of the low-lying drainage area for a ways, but will need to cross to

the other side. The CDT is still very indistinct across the meadow. You can

differentiate it from cattle trails if you look for old signs of machines used in

cutting in the trail. Continue due west, have faith and start up the hill, the

trail becomes more distinct starting here.

At mile 11.8 you intersect a double-track jeep road. Turn right.

At mile 12.21 you intersect a larger, graveled forest service road. Turn left.

At mile 13.24 the road forks. Stay right.

At mile 14.05 turn left onto the CDT singletrack. Continue to follow this trail

all the way back to Hwy 17.

At mile 19.48 you arrive at your vehicle.

First added by norski on Oct 4, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • 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
This trail information is user-generated. Help improve this information by suggesting a correction.
Getting there
Drive northeast out of Chama, NM on Hwy 17 for 10.8 miles to the summit of

Cumbres Pass. Park on the north side of the road near the old train building

and near the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad tracks.
I Rode It!   Add to another list

Cumbres Pass Cdt Loop Trail map

Add to or improve this map // Share this map on your website

Local Info

Club Sponsor


Local Bike Shop


Trail checkins

GimmeAraise (on Aug 17, 2018)
What's this?

Upcoming Events

Add one

Trail conditions

Good (on Aug 5, 2018)
login to update

Camping & Lodging

Coming soon!

Cumbres Pass Cdt Loop videos

Add a video
We don't have any videos of this trail yet. Add one here.

Rider questions

Add a review