Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
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 Tennessee Pass, the Colorado Trail runs for several miles before entering the Holy Cross Wilderness, where mountain bikes are currently banned.
However, the section of trail between Tennessee Pass and the Wilderness is very worth as an out-and-back ride.
The singletrack roughly follows a ridge, climbing and descending brief rises on buffed-out singletrack.
A few rocks punctuate the buff trail tread, keeping riders on their toes as the wind and dip through the pines. If riding this section as an out-and-back, turn around at the Wilderness boundary and return the way you came.
If through-riding the COT, turn left upon reaching Wurts Ditch Road to bypass around the Wilderness.