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. This section of the Colorado Trail bike route bypasses around the massive 499,771-acre Weminuche Wilderness, where bikes aren’t allowed.
Following dirt roads through this zone, the bypass terminates near the town of Silverton.
Silverton is a popular rest stop along the trail, with many riders choosing to take a zero day here.
Whatever you decide, make sure that you resupply before leaving Silverton because there are no other towns or civilization of any kind until you reach the end of the Colorado Trail in Durango.