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CT - Segment 27

 4 votes

21.2 Miles 34.2 Kilometers


Singletrack

3,883' 1,184 m

Ascent

-2,666' -813 m

Descent

12,286' 3,745 m

High

10,326' 3,147 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

47%

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

Michael Remke

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Features: Commonly Bikepacked
Dogs: Leashed

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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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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

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