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CT - Segment 16: Marshall Pass to Sargents Mesa

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A difficult stretch of trail diverging from the Monarch Crest Trail.


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15.8

Miles

25.4

KM

Singletrack

11,716' 3,571 m

High

10,354' 3,156 m

Low

2,897' 883 m

Up

2,022' 616 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Note: This segment is mapped from the point where the Colorado Trail leaves Monarch Crest Trail to keep things clean on the map. The two trails overlap to the north.

Once you leave the Monarch Crest Trail, things start to get interesting. It opens up with great views but there are a lot of baby heads and the climbs are long. Eventually you'll make it to the very top but unfortunately there are so many trees there isn't much of a view to be had from the trail.

The next descent is steep and looks like a river bed with a lot of erosion. There are a lot of loose rocks ranging from baseball to soccer ball size. Most of it is rideable if you feel comfortable with technical descents and you have a dropper post.

Allthough you're pretty much staying steady for the next section in elevation, it's a battle. It's not super technical, but the rocks are just big enough to hamper your speed and drain your energy.

Eventually you'll break out into some clearings and the long climb to Sargent's Mesa is probably the easiest part (minus the beginning). It also has some nice views and cows.

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Photos

Colorado Trail on an October evening.
Oct 23, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Looking into Silver Creek in the Fall
Sep 26, 2018 near Whitepine, CO
View from Monarch Crest Trail!
Aug 23, 2016 near Salida, CO
Fun climb. Lots of baby heads to add flavor
Sep 2, 2014 near Saguache, CO
Junction of Forest Road No. 578 with the Colorado Trail, Segment 16.
Nov 3, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Looking down onto Silver Creek from the CT.
Jul 24, 2016 near Saguache, CO

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