Colorado Trail: Camp Hale to Tennessee Pass

Leadville

Salida

A delightful stretch of smooth, serpentine singletrack.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
11 km
Ascent
419 m
Descent
89 m
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
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Colorado Trail: Camp Hale to Tennessee Pass Map

Description

The Colorado Trail (COT) is widely regarded as one of the very best long distance mountain bike trails in the world. Running for 535 miles between Denver and Durango, the trail crosses high alpine mountain passes and drops into beautiful valleys as it traverses the most beautiful portions of the state of Colorado. The COT forms one third of the Triple Crown of Bikepacking, along with the Arizona Trail and the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.

From the historic Camp Hale, the COT singletrack climbs toward the top of Tennessee Pass, roughly paralleling the highway. Despite more-or-less following the highway, this section of singletrack is absolutely stunning! The trail is relatively smooth and ultra-flowy. Of course, it’s better in the downhill direction, descending from Tennessee Pass to Camp Hale.

Eventually the trail crosses the highway, running through an alpine meadow for a couple of miles. It finishes the climb on doubletrack, arriving at the top of the pass.

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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