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black CT - Segment 14: Chalk Creek to US-50


21.0 mile 33.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 3,748' 1,142 m
Descent: -3,267' -996 m
High: 10,165' 3,098 m
Low: 8,382' 2,555 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)


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Trail shared by Holly Borowski

Beautiful alpine singletrack with a mixture of big climbs and fun descents.

Holly Borowski

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Note: This trail is mapped from North to South direction, in alignment with the rest of the Colorado trail segments. However, the trail description below outlines the ride from South to North, which is generally the preferred direction to bike.

Start at Highway 50 west of Salida where the Colorado Trail crosses the road. Follow Colorado Trail signs the entire way to the Chalk Creek trailhead on Chalk Creek Dr. west of Nathrop.

This ride includes some ripping fast descents as well as a handful of short hike-a-bike sections. There is one slightly ambiguous fork in the trail a little past halfway in, near Browns Creek - the options are to go uphill & to the left, or downhill & to the right. The correct choice to stay on the CT is uphill to the left. Verify this by looking for the CT symbol alongside the trail before continuing.

Could also be ridden in the north-south direction, but south-north makes for the most manageable climbs and enjoyable descents.

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Aug 15, 2019
Deborah Kern
Chalk creek to angel of shavano
May 25, 2019
Andrea Helmig
Went from Hwy 50 to Shavano Campground, some snow patches going into camp but otherwise clear 12mi — 2h 30m
Jun 18, 2018
Chris Snelgrove
Jun 6, 2018
brian barnes
Oct 14, 2017
David MIckey
Ran this trail from South to North. Incredible Aspen stands and just alittle snow in the shady areas. Tons of running streams for water. 21mi — 6h 30m
Oct 11, 2017
Raúl Gross
Out and back from Angel of Shavano trailhead 9.3mi
Aug 27, 2017
Evan Ely
Jul 3, 2017
Craig Fletcher
Rocky for about a mile and a half after Little Brown's Creek and then smooth roller through Aspen Grove and heavenly

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