Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass and West Jefferson
ElevationAscent: 3,208' 978 m
Descent: -3,209' -978 m
High: 11,644' 3,549 m
Low: 9,865' 3,007 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“One of the best rides in the mountains within one hour of the Front Range!”— Brandon Eifrid
What makes this ride so special? Everything! First of all most of everything you'll ride is very nice singletrack and the trail is rarely in poor shape. It has beautiful overlooks down onto the Como & Fairplay area valley, multiple patches of aspens, fun flowy trails with some challenging but very doable rocky and rooty sections and tons of beautiful high country mountain and pine forest views. There are quite a few picturesque and comfortable places to chill and eat a bar or pb&j.
This ride is definitely tough so I would say it's for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers.
Be sure you have preserved some energy and some fuel as there are a couple sustained climbs back out and up to the parking lot. You can always explore the east side of the CT before or after this big ride but you can only ride a bike about 7 miles east of 285 due to the Lost Creek Wilderness boundary.
There's also a campground right at the trailhead if you prefer to sleep under the stars after your ride.
Stay on the Colorado Trail and you'll come to the backside of that pass. You'll see where 285 drops back down to the huge Como valley. You'll pass through sections of aspens, some more descents and rolling terrain, then you'll finally dump down to a dirt road.
Cross the road, head over a big bridge, ride up about 200 yards and you'll see a sign that says Colorado Trail up and to the left. That begins a climb up to Georgia Pass that is typically about 45 mins. - 1 hr. This section is challenging as the first 3-4 miles are rocky and somewhat technical.
About 2.5 miles up you can take a break at what we is called 'Lunch Rocks' where there is a big rock outcropping that gives you some nice views. After lunch, keep heading up and you'll soon be above treeline. Once you get up about 1/2 mile from Georgia Pass, you'll see a sign, a couple tree stump chairs, and a right turn onto W. Jefferson Trail.
Some people like to ride to the top of Georgia Pass and bomb back down on the Colorado Trail the way they came up. Another option is to take W. Jefferson trail down as it's more fun, has much less uphill traffic, and it's a chance to ride a different trail on the way down.
EIther way, you'll be all grins coming down and finally at the end of that descent. If you've followed the Jefferson trail down, you'll pop into a campground. Ride to the right and head towards the far end campsite - ride peacefully and easy through that site until you see a trail that continues as a faint doubletrack. In about 500 yards you'll see the fork for the Colorado Trail - you've just completed the lolli-pop. Continue straight and then back up towards Kenosha Pass parking lots.