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The final section of the Colorado Trail, running from Kennebec Pass to the trail's terminus just outside of the town of Durango, makes for an epic shuttle ride.
The top of Kennebec Pass rises above tree line, providing incredible views of the San Juan mountains in all direction.
Right off the top, the trail drops fast and furious, hugging the mountainside as it traverses a technical scree field. Once the trail enter the trees the technical, rocky nature--now mixed with roots--continues, demanding complete attention. A moderate climb about halfway through the descent will keep you honest, and then the shredding continues! Drops, roots, boulders--as the singletrack transitions down into drier climate zones, the technical challenges just keep coming, all the way until the final relatively-smooth stretch before the trail's terminus.
While cross country riders could undoubtedly enjoy this trail as well, enduro-oriented mountain bikers riding bikes with a lot of suspension travel are guaranteed to love this beautiful, challenging descent!