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CT - Segment 27

 5.0 (7)

21.2 Miles 34.2 Kilometers


Singletrack

3,883' 1,184 m

Ascent

-2,666' -813 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

12,286' 3,745 m

High

10,326' 3,147 m

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Shared By Michael Remke

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A classic, challenging high elevation stretch of singletrack with views to remember.

Michael Remke

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This is one of the more difficult segments of the Colorado Trail. There is very limited water and over seven continuous miles of trail above treeline.

The trail, starting at Hotel Draw, continues south to gradually climb to treeline. Once above treeline, Indian Trail Ridge consists of a series of steep talus ridges. For almost all riders, mandatory hike-a-bikes will be encountered. These steep slopes are fun, loose rocky descents that challenge experienced riders. Individuals should be prepared for moderate exposure and be warned of heightened risk of lightning exposure.

The steep descent to Taylor Lake at the end of this segment is highly enjoyable!

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Sep 29, 2018
Colin Hughes
Aug 14, 2018
David Herrera
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Mar 6, 2018
Jaime Castelblanco
Dec 23, 2017
Tucker Carr
Sep 5, 2016
Andrea Tupy

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  5.0 from 7 votes

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#346

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The view from the ridge into the drainage with the La Plata Mountains including Hesperus and Sharkstooth is one of the very best I have ever seen. It is truly breathtaking if your breath hasn't already been taken away by the hike-a-bike sections. One of my faves for sure. Aug 2, 2017
This can be ridden in the opposite direction, allowing for an interesting option to end with Hermosa Creek. With a shuttle to the top of La Plata Canyon Road (Kennebec) take the CT to the left and climb to Indian Ridge from Taylor Lake (HAB). Once on top you will encounter more HAB across talus but the steepest parts are downhill. Continue to Corral Draw then head down down to Hermosa Creek. Oct 9, 2017
Amazing ride, I highly recommend riding it from South to North though and dropping down Corral draw to the top of Hermosa Creek. Sep 16, 2018

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