The Colorado Trail
The Colorado Trail covers a diverse range of terrain and ecosystems. The habitat along the trail supports large herds of elk and other big game with stunning mountain backdrops.
This is a great trail system for the through hiker as well as those wanting to do one section at a time. The entire trail is divided into sections and segments.
Here we will cover our favorites including some great forks off the main trail. If you want a detailed guide to the Colorado Trail get yourself a good guidebook and be prepared to mark it up with notes and ideas from our adventure guide.
Adventure Team's Favorite Sections
Saguache Park Road to Eddiesville Trailhead
This might be our absolute favorite section of the trail. Here you will find a remote area that has little traffic.
This is one of the best sections to come escape and not see anyone. Not to mention the scenery is worthy and water is plentiful in Cochetopa Creek.
Long Gulch to Kenosha Pass
If you skip this hike you will regret knowing that you missed the best views of South Park that can be found. You will also walk through the Lost Creek Wilderness Area which contains some interesting geology. Do not miss this one if only for the views.
Tennesse Pass to Timberline Lake and CT Trailhead
This is one of our favorite segments because of the oppurtunities to detour through the Holy Cross Wilderness. It also has fantastic views of Mt. Massive and ends on the Arkansas River.
Stony Pass to Molas Pass
This section of trail follows the Continental Divide in the Weminuche Wilderness. The views are some of the best on the entire trail.
You also have the option to catch the train in Durango and ride to Silverton. This is a great side trip and tons of fun.
Wellington Lake Road (FS-560) to Long Gulch
This section made our top picks because it is the trail of relief for through hikers. After seeing hiker and biker traffic the Lost Creek Wilderness will give you some much needed solitude. This is an amazing wilderness area. Respect it and enjoy!
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