A lengthy road bypass around the Holy Cross and Mount Massive Wilderness areas.

Statistics

Analysing terrain data

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470

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Exposure

Exposure

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.

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

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. The COT bike route has to bypass around both the Holy Cross and Mount Massive Wilderness areas before regaining singletrack off of Half Moon Road.

While this is a lengthy road bypass, it does offer the benefit of passing through the town of Leadville, providing a perfect resupply opportunity.

Alternatively, if no supplies are required, a shorter route skips the town of Leadville and continues south through the valley. Leadville offers a full complement of amenities, including Cycles of Life—a full service bike shop.