26 routes · Mountain Biking
Colorado Trail Segment 22: Spring Creek Pass Trailhead to Carson Saddle
The highest segment of the Colorado Trail, topping out at 13,271 feet, is breathtakingly beautiful!
Mountain Biking Severe
- 27 km
- 1.2 km
- 729 m
- 3-4 hrs
- Low Point
- 3.3 km
- High Point
- 4 km
In fact, this section of the Colorado Trail climbs high into the mountains, topping out at the COT's highest point: Coney Summit at 13,271 feet above sea level. Not only does the trail max out its elevation here, but according to DownTheTrail.com this zone of the Colorado Trail doesn’t drop "below 12,000 feet for over 30 continuous miles, not even once."
As a result of traversing such incredible high alpine terrain, both the views and the singletrack itself are absolutely superb! "I first rode a portion of this segment of the CT two years ago. It instantly become my favorite piece of trail on the planet,” writes Hill Junkie.
The trail through the tundra is narrow and delectable, but rocky sections punctuate the smooth, flowy singletrack. Thanks to some serious elevation gain and loss, riders can expect to do quite a bit of hike-a-biking on the climbs.
Sources: http://www.coloradotrail.org/segments.html#22 https://www.downthetrail.com/hiking-the-colorado-trail/day-30-jarosa-mesa-to-lost-trail-creek-segment-22/ https://www.downthetrail.com/hiking-the-colorado-trail/day-30-jarosa-mesa-to-lost-trail-creek-segment-22/
Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.
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