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The Colorado Trail

The Colorado Trail is a continuous trail stretching  approximately 460 miles from Denver to Durango.  The Colorado Trail Foundation has divided the trail into 28 segments and documented each of these segments in an excellent trail guide, 'The Colorado Trail, The Official Guidebook'.  The foundation has an excellent website with lots of information about the trail at: www.coloradotrail.org

Terry and I hiked our first Colorado Trail Segment on March 30 & 31, 2002.  This web page tracks our progress as we try to hike all 28 segments of the trail.  We will be doing this in many separate trips consisting of day hikes, single night backpacks and multiple night backpacks.


Colorado Trail Segments (Click on highlighted columns)
Segment Location Distance miles Elevation Gain in feet Highest Point in Feet Date Completed
1 Waterton Canyon to South Platte River 15.4 2160 7200
2 South Platte River to Colorado Trailhead (FS-550) 11.4 2200 7840 6/1/02
3 Colorado Trailhead (FS-550) to FS-543 12.1   1520 8280 3//20/02
4 Forest Service Road 543 to Long Gulch 16.2 2840 10880 5/27/02
5 Long Gulch to Kenosha Pass 14.0 1540 10520 5/26/03
6A Kenosha Pass to Jefferson Lake Trailhead 6.0 700 12000? 9/07/03
6B Jefferson Lake Trailhead to Gold Hill Trailhead 26.0 4520 11800 7/10/03
7 Gold Hill Trailhead to Copper Mountain 13.1 3600 12440 8/31/03
8 Copper Mountain to Tennessee Pass 24.1 4020 12280
9 Tennessee Pass to Hagerman Pass Road 14.9 2120 11480 7/19/02
10 Hagerman Pass Road to Halfmoon Creek 11.4 1760 11240
11 Halfmoon Creek to Clear Creek Road 19.9 1520 10560 9/5/04
12 Clear Creek Road to N. Cottonwood Creek Road 18.2 4520 11800
13 N. Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek Road 22.2 3720 11880
14 Chalk Creek Road to U.S. Highway 20.0 3320 9880
15 U.S. Highway 50 to Marshall Pass 14.0 3440 11920
16 Marshall Pass to Sargents Mesa 14.5 3080 11600
17 Sargents Mesa to Colorado Highway 20.3 2440 11680
18 Colorado Highway 114 to Saguache Park Road 12.9 1220 10240
19 Saguache Park Road to Eddiesville Trailhead 13.5 1660 10400
20 Eddiesville Trailhead to San Luis Pass 12.2 2960 12600
21 San Luis Pass to Spring Creek Pass 14.5 2940 12760
22 Spring Creek Pass to Carson Saddle 16.2 3680 13240
23 Carson Saddle to Rio Grande Reservoir Road 12.0 1040 12920
24 Rio Grande Reservoir Road to Molas Pass 21.1 4460 12680
25 Molas Pass to Bolam Pass Road 19.9 3120 12490
26 Bolam Pass Road to Hotel Draw Road 11.0 1480 11970
27 Hotel Draw Road to Cumberland Basin 20.1 3640 12258
28 Cumberland Basin to Junction Creek Trailhead 21.4 1400 11600