Easy hike, though might be moderate for some. As per usual for accessing the various segments of the CT, you will likely want a 4x4 vehicle to reach this point. This segment was easy to moderate for this moderate hiker with a 30 lb pack. As … Colorado Trail Segment 27 Hotel Draw Road to Kennebec Trailhead . I was anxious to see what was over the next ridge. The trail is mixed grade inclines and declines, with 3 very steep sections, the rest were gradual. Water in the streams are high but not terrible. Colorado Trail Segment 4 is by far the most pretty of the first 4 segments while working through 16.6 miles of hiking and 3,330 feet of elevation gain. Antero can be accessed by taking the Little Browns Creek Trail from CT segment 14, which you’ll find 6.15 miles from the Chalk Creek TH (38.6699, -106.1817). Length 19.8 mi Elevation gain 3,871 ft Route type Point to Point Easy to follow and beautiful view from the top. 3 stars = enjoyed the hike, but not inclined to revisit. Salida Ranger District, San Isabel National Forest We did this in 3 days from S to N. The first and middle sections are the prettiest with lots of trees, streams, and camping spots. Would definitely stay another day and shoot for Shavano or antero if I were to do it again!! Some bikers would have wiped us out if we had been coming around a blind curve. Start Location: After Chalk Creek Trip Miles: 102.50. I was a bit out of shape but the trail was so wonderful I had nothing to complain about!! The trail is in great condition. there are a few Creek crossings, one that was a little tricky with the dog. The Colorado trail portion here was dry, clear and beautiful! We went just 5.75 miles in, ate lunch, then went back to the Chalk Creek Trailhead where we started. I also went up the Shavano trail about a mile. Segment 14 of the Colorado Trail starts at the Chalk Creek Trailhead. Great time w/ my 78 year old dad! no snow. Lots of bees when stopping for water or lunch, Lovely hike. The two trails overlap to the north. No snow (on the ground), ice, rain or mud. Long before the pandemic I’d hoped to quit my job earlier this summer to thru-hike about ¾ of the Colorado Trail. Distance: 14.6 miles Elevation gain: 1858 feet Elevation loss: 2055 feet Open to bikes: no (Note: these and other stats in this post are from the Colorado Trail Databook) Maybe it was the developing trail legs and dwindling food weight in my backpack, but segment 5 was the first day I remember feeling excited about the views on the Colorado Trail. Elevations run from just below 11,000 feet at Spring Creek Pass to 13,271 feet near Coney Summit. There is a very nice campground near (south of) Angel of Shavano trailhead with clean restrooms and a manager who threw away my garbage and offered me well water. Description For the first portion of this section of the Colorado Trail, you'll follow Waterton Canyon, which is the gateway to the CT. The entire section was beautiful, the aspen groves were spectacular and the views near Shavano were also a highlight. Segment 14 — Chalk Creek Trailhead to US-50. Due to snow constraints, I had to wait until June to begin Segment 6 (Kenosha Pass). Note: This segment is mapped from the point where the Colorado Trail leaves Monarch Crest Trail to keep things clean on the map. Sep 14, 2020 : Rachel The Trek. Beautiful hiking! Mt. Some nice views along the way, varying from mountains, valleys, waterfall (extra 3 miles off the trail), and aspen groves. AND the 2012 ‘blowdown’ near the midpoint of the segment was NUTS! This 17.2-mile segment of the Colorado Trail is arguably the finest segment of the entire Colorado Trail. One of my top days on the trail for sure. June 23, 2019 by Gordon | Jun 14, 2020 The Colorado Trail (CT) covers about 500 miles from Denver to Durango, Colorado. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and backpacking. The view of this trail is amazing! Amazing views. Segment 27 of the Colorado Trail begins at Hotel Draw Road. Distance: 13.2 Miles. Chalk Creek Trailhead to US-50: Mileage: 20.4 miles: Elevation Gain: 4,007 feet: SEGMENT 15. Otherwise was a great hike. The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail extending for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado. We wanted to camp in this area. The main route to the summit of the fourteener Mount Elbert, which is the highest peak in Colorado and second highest in the contiguous United States, follows this segment for several miles from the middle before branching off to the west. A really great trail!!! 100 Miles: I crawled out pretty early. Did about 4 miles round trip to top of ridge at 9320 ft. A lot of hummingbirds. What an incredible place it was. As you leave Marshall Pass, you will enter the cattle country of Cochetopa Valley. Drumroll please: I quit my job! As everyone can relate, that did not exactly go to plan. There is a Mount Princeton Hot Springs sign at the turn. Day 1: Chalk Creek to Marshall Pass (and down to camp). Sarah points out a CT confidence marker on the gate at the end of Long Gulch. Colorado Trail Segment 11B-12: The Solo Trip. We saw the great campsites that had been our goal the previous day. Segment 14 was lightly trafficked on Labor Day weekend. ... (CT). really nice and pretty easy trail. Pics of Segment 14: From the Back of the Pack. A nearby route goes up Mount Shavano, another fourteener. Disappointed this app does not provide the Colorado section of the Continental Devide in its entirety. Surrounded on three sides with jagged peaks and steep scree fields, the alpine bowl opened up down the valley to an expansive view of the Dillon Reservoir. Would love to finish the segment one day, seems very doable. Follow 162 past Mount Princeton Hot Springs to the trailhead. Chalk Creek to Highway 114. The segment starts off with a large climb on miles 3-7, works through a beautiful 5 mile field with endless views and ends in a valley. Hiked segment in two days with a day in between to climb Shavano. 4 stars = lovely hike, would happily do again A beautiful hike with awesome views of Chalk Canyon. Legend says that the angel represents an Indian Princess, who prayed to stop a severe drought that ended in sacrifice. The mountains and fall trees are so picture perfect !We are visiting here from Texas and the peace and tranquility is very nice.. Our 2 dogs loved it! Wildlife, Create Recommended Route or I had plenty of filtered water from the several streams though. So not heavily trafficked. It will impact CT […] Read More . Once you leave the Monarch Crest Trail, things start to get interesting. Probably easy with a light pack. The Colorado Trail is 485 miles, stretching from Denver, Colorado, to Durango, Colorado. Colorado Trail : Segment 14 is a 31.9 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The final chapter of my 10 year project to run/hike/bike the entire Colorado Trail. The sections around the trailheads for the 14ers had lots of people and bikers. Date: Aug 31, 2011. Total Distance: 20.1 mi. Colorado Trail : Segment 14 is a 19.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Posted on September 14, 2019 May 13, 2020 by MAD Hippies Life. Here are the details. The last section is a bit boring. Chalk Creek TH to US-50. This was a good trail. Ran this solo S to N back in July of 2020 in one push. By J.B. Bissell • July 24, 2018. The only semi-difficult portion was the initial ascent of about 1000 feet in the first 1.5 miles, but it wasn't too bad. From Highway 285, go west on 162 (Chalk Creek Drive). And the hike down to 273 easily trail run-able. Did partial of this trail catching it at 290 and hiking up and over to 273 intersection. From here the trail follows close to the road, criss-crossing it several times. Trail Summary: The Colorado Trail is a 485 mile hike that starts near Denver and ends in Durango, Colorado. ELEVATION: average ~10,300 feet ROUTE: well maintained, popular trail, signed junctions GUIDEBOOK: Colorado Trail 9th Edition DATA BOOK: 7th Edition The trailhead is named for an annual occurrence each spring, when the remaining snow on the face of the mountain takes on the shape of an angel from afar. Did about three miles round trip from the chalk creek trailhead-- nice hike with beautiful views from the ridge. Great trail. One dog on leash, one trail runner, three mountain bikers, and about 5-6 other hikers. Great camping spots 6.5 and 15 miles in for backpacking. Destination: Angel of Shavano TH Start Location: After Chalk Creek Today's Miles: 13.30. It was the day after a heavy rain so the trail was a bit washed out and definitely moderate steep. Lots of creeks for water and beautiful aspens on the southern side! Sunday, June 09, 2019 Destination: Angel of Shavano TH Today's Miles: 13.30. Views from the high point back towards Tin Cup Pass beautiful. The Colorado Trail is divided into 33 segments which includes a choice of two routes in the … 34.7 miles, 5,833 ft, 8hrs 25mins. COTREX is a project by the Colorado DNR and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Colorado Trail Segment 5 is by far the most pretty of the first 5 segments while working through 14.6 miles of hiking and 1,858 feet of elevation gain. 719-539-3591 It shares the route with the overlapping Continental Divide Trail as the pair runs along an east-west axis from Spring Creek Pass (east) to the Wager Gulch Saddle (west). http://www.coloradotrail.org/. First Previous Next Last. Trail was well marked, plenty of water sources after the first 6 miles. End: Gold Hill TH. One man offers his sage advice on how to tackle the 486-mile Colorado Trail, piece by piece. It affects those who travel CT Segment 12 from mile 0.0 to 0.5 (part of the CT Collegiate East) as the Trail passes through the Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area (SWA). Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Nice for early in the season. For 485 miles between Denver and Durango, the Colorado Trail (CT) winds over rocky, 13,000-foot peaks and passes, through wildflower-filled meadows, in and out of dusty mining towns, and past snow-clad vistas as it draws a line through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Colorado Trail Segment 14 Chalk Creek TH to Route 50 20.4 miles 4,007 feet up 3,531 feet down Great trail conditions and great weather. Salida, CO 81201 Single Speeding on The Colorado Trail Adventures @ the Back of the Pack. I only hiked a small portion (from Angel of Shavano campground/county road 240) to the trailhead of Mt. Highlights include the Collegiate Range, where multiple 14ers are just off trail and can easily be climbed, and the San Juan Mountains, where the trail remains above tree line for days at a time and climbs to elevations of over 13,000’. General Info; On the CT: The Bike; On the CT: The Boots; On the CT: The Gear; On the CT: The Videos ; On the CT: The Presentation w/ Q&A; Wilderness: Segment 12. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. US-50 to Marshall Pass Trailhead: Mileage: 14.3 miles: Elevation Gain: 3,576 feet: COCHETOPA VALLEY. VIDEO: Colorado Trail Segment 14 I had a great overnight adventure on the Colorado Trail this past weekend. Yep, … Trail, USFS - San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District. Hike-a-Bike: 6.5 mi. General Info; On the CT: The Bike; On the CT: The Boots; On the CT: The Gear; On the CT: The Videos; On the CT: The Presentation w/ Q&A; Segment 14: Chalk Creek TH. We did it in 2 days 13 miles the first day 9 the second. I set up camp, took 1,397 pictures (with 0% doing any justice), cooked some dinner MAP: Trails Illustrated PERMITS: none (easy self-registration for wilderness areas) DESIGNATION: primarily 7 different National Forests BEST SEASONS: July, August, September DISTANCE: 485 miles from Denver to Durango WATER: I thru-hiked with 4 liters capacity. I will be back in the fall for sure! 4 Things to Know Before You Segment-Hike the Colorado Trail. The remainder of the CT’s first segment was good hiking- well maintained trails, forgiving switchbacks, ample water- but not much in terms of views until I hit the high point on the western-facing ridge with an unoccupied campsite at the 17-mile mark (mile 14 of the CT). The ultimate hiker jackpot. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Section hikers hike individual segments. Colorado Trail, Segments 4 & 5, Day 3 Day 3--June 23, 2013  We had a light breakfast and left camp around 9:45 am. Hello,McFly, McFly, anybody home? SEGMENT 14. The last section from Browns Creek to Mt Princeton is very dry so make sure you’re full on water. Colorado Trail Segments 14 – 17. 5 stars = spectacular hike If you want quiet and alone, this trail is for you! The Colorado Trail Foundation is a nonprofit organization that oversees the care and improvement of the Trail. Enjoy the solitude. Single Speeding on The Colorado Trail Adventures @ the Back of the Pack. Colorado Trail Segment 7 of 28. 42.7 miles, 7,642 ft, 9hrs 25mins. This portion of the Colorado trail is fun and not real strenuous. Looks like horseback riding is popular as well. we broke off to do the Falls hike. Little Browns Creek Trail is a wonderful trail, but will intersect with the 4WD road to Antero, which will be a depart from the relative quietness of the CT. What an AWESOME section through the Colorado Wilderness. RATING KEY Doesn't get any better than this! I completed a 20.4 mile southbound hike from Chalk Creek to Highway 50 near Salida. Thru-hikers hike the entire trail from one end to the other in usually a little over one month. 68.8 miles, 12,280 ft (gps showed 77.4 miles and 13,475 ft) Me and John. Garmin: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3777864258 Start: Copper Mountain. Day 2: Marshall Pass to Highway 114. While other portions of the trail end up being remote, this section offers easy access and beautiful views of the South Platte. Colorado Trail: Segment 14 is a 27.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salida, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. 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