De Colorado Trail is misschien wel de belangrijkste mountainbiking en bikepacking route in heel Noord-Amerika. De route beslaat circa 860 kilometer, waarvan het grootste deel over singletrails door hoogalpiene gebieden voert. Enkele van de mooiste trails verbinden bergketens in de hele staat met elkaar. Wij reden de route van Denver in het noorden naar Durango in het zuiden.
Tijdens het avontuur werd ik vergezeld door mijn goede vrienden Thomas Woodson, die ook fotograaf is, en Josh Conroy, een ervaren mountainbiker en medewerker van Yeti Cycles. Het plan was om de route in tien dagen af te leggen - dat is zeker geen snelheidsrecord, maar het is ook niet bepaald langzaam. Met dit tempo wordt de trail sowieso al een uitdaging, maar ook weer niet zo inspannend dat we er niet van zouden genieten. Naar mijn mening is tien dagen perfect voor de Colorado Trail. We konden om de paar dagen voldoende eten en drinken inslaan en hoefden dan ook nooit extreem veel proviand mee te sjouwen. Onderweg wilden we ook nog een aantal vrienden ontmoeten en van hun gezelschap te genieten. Dit was een welkome pauze om even bij te tanken.
Ik heb de Colorado Trail in 2016 al eens eerder gereden en het was een geweldige ervaring om de route weer te rijden. Ik was vergeten hoe uitdagend, maar fantastisch mooi sommige dagen waren! De trail is werkelijk een epische route door de achtertuin van Colorado.
Bekijk de route, laat je inspireren door de foto's en neem gerust contact op als je vragen hebt. Deze trail is een must voor elke lokale inwoner van Colorado, en een avontuur voor op de bucketlist voor iedereen die van mountainbiken en bikepacking in de bergen houdt!
Day 1 on the Colorado Trail is a beast of a day with over 7,500 ft of climbing, and often sweltering summer temperatures until you get up in the high country.We were greeted with a nice cloudy day, and made good time.The majority of the day is spent on beauty single track, until you get to Wellington Lake. Here you can refuel on snacks before diving into the Lost Creek Wilderness Detour, a nice long gravel ride with incredible views of Pikes Peak to the south, and beyond.
Day 2 on the Colorado Trail brought us from the Lost Creek Wilderness detour to the backside of Kensoha Pass.The morning started on one of the nicer gravel roads I've ever ridden, and the afternoon was filled with beautiful winding single track through aspen forests. Wild berries were bountiful on the sides of the trail.
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Day 3 on our Colorado Trail thru-ride brought us two of the best descents, and the first big views of the trip.We made the climb up into the alpine on Georgia Pass, and were treated with beautiful tacky dirt on a nice crisp morning as we made our way into Summit County to the north.A quick pitstop in Breckenridge, and we found ourselves making the big haul up to the top of the Ten Mile Range en route to Copper for the night.Topping out, we were greeted with incredible light and an amazing descent, just beating the darkness. A big day indeed!
Day 4 of our Colorado Trail thru-ride brought us from Copper Mountain to Leadville.The ride from Copper over Kokomo Pass to Camp Hale is one to remember. You get incredible views looking back at the Ten Mile Range, and a real break burner of a descent down the back side.There is some cool historical sites to check out at Camp Hale before starting the winding slog up to Leadville.Getting to Leadville was a huge relief, and we opted to reset in a hotel for the night and restock on food supplies.
Day 5 on the Colorado Trail was our longest day yet at just over 70 miles (113 km). Starting in Leadville with a fresh resupply, we made our way below Colorado's tallest peak, Mt. Elbert as we started our way south along the Collegiate Peaks range.A lunch stop in Buena Vista was much welcome before we head out into the evening light along the flanks of Mt. Princeton. A beauty of a day!
Day 6 on the Colorado Trail was quite a challenging day, with seemingly endless climbs and rough rolling terrain. It was also the peak heat of summer, and we felt it, especially after a 70 mile day the day before.Monarch Crest was the highlight of the day — it's such a Colorado Classic, and to be up there in the evening light with storms rolling all around was gorgeous.We crossed Marshall Pass and really begin to get into one of the most remote parts of the state as we worked our way to the start of Sargents Mesa for the night.
Day 7 spanning from Marshall Pass to just outside of Lake City was hands down the hardest and most grueling day of our trip. The segment on Sargents Mesa is so challenging with endless up and down, extremely rough, no flow, and just an overall hard portion of the trail, but a necessary evil in completing the entire Colorado Trail. After making our way though Sargents Mesa, you are met with a mega gravel segment that is stunning, challenging, and really long. It definitely took it out of us, but the gravel was a nice reprieve after Sargents. The gravel segment takes you around the La Garita Wilderness area, which is definitely an empty quarter in Colorado — there is not many people or towns out that way. This was our longest day of the trip at over 75 miles (120 km).
Day 8 on the Colorado Trail from outside Lake City to Silverton is in my eyes, the absolute premier segment on the Colorado Trail and in all of Colorado in general.It's an extremely challenging day, almost completely above the treeline as you make your way into the San Juan Mountains. The views are second to none, the trail is fantastic, and if you luck out on weather, I guarantee you'll have one of your best days on the bike ever. It's such a fantastic segment.We pushed through in one day which brought our climbing total to nearly 10,000 ft (3,048 m) on the day! A solid effort indeed.
The Colorado Trail Day 9, we were shelled from the long push into the evening to Silverton the night before, but were thrilled to be on one of the most beautiful and enjoyable segments of the trip.Molas pass is nothing but pure beauty, and we were there at the peak of wildflower season. We made our way, and by evening we had got to Blackhawk Pass, my absolute favorite descent on the Colorado Trail, and one of my top in the entire state. Such a fun way to finish out the day!We also had some guest appearances with several friends which really brought the mood up. At this point we were tired and suffering, but knowing that Durango was within reach for the next day kept us going.
The final day of the Colorado Trail was incredible. Kennebec Pass descent into Durango is a true classic and a mega descent.We had all blown through our break pads at this point in the trip and were completely exhausted. A thru-ride on the Colorado is no joke, and the sense of accomplishment was very high.