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!