“A long backcountry out-n-back on the CDT and Rocky Mountain Front!”
— Matt Barnes
This ride is on the CDT and great both directions as an out and back or as a point to point with a lengthy car shuttle in between. Big open windswept ridges, tight singletrack, and dry loose switchbacks are the norm on this trail. Huge views of the Scapegoat and Front, especially on the northern half of the trail.
Need to Know
Take bear spray since this is grizzly country and way off the grid. That, of course, just adds to the adventure! There is very little water along the way and portions with no shade so come prepared.
You can start at either Flescher or Rodgers Pass and either do a shuttle or an out and back. The climb up from either pass is steep and makes for a nice descent to finish in either direction. The southern half of the ride is more tree covered and in the shade with some very steep sections.
The farther north you go, the more "on top of the world" it feels with big windswept ridges where the trees grow out sideways. There are some really great sections of trail, nearly all singletrack, but there is a short steep section of old logging road in the middle, about 0.5 miles long. The entire ride is very easy to follow with CDT signs at the occasional junction.