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black CT - Segment 12 - CO 365 to Harvard Lakes

Trail

3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 921' 281 m
Descent: -90' -27 m
High: 10,281' 3,134 m
Low: 9,450' 2,880 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)

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Trail shared by Marcel Slootheer

A portion of the Colorado Trail that leads to a Wilderness Boundary.

Marcel Slootheer

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Need to Know

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Boundary at the 3 mile mark, no mountain bikes allowed beyond that point.

Description

From CO 365 start by heading north on the Colorado Trail. You'll notice the "Wilderness Boundary 3 miles" sign. Right from the start the first 0.5 mile is very steep, around 20%. You might as well start this ride with walking your bike, but after 15 minutes, after the first switchback, the trail has a friendlier grade for the remaining 2.5 miles.

You'll be surrounded by trees most of the way, but just after a mile there is an open area with a great view towards the SE (towards Salida). The trail follows the contour most of the way, when you get close to Harvard Lakes there will be steeper fall-line sections that are hard to ride. You'll see the first lake on the right, the second one is on the left.

Soon after the lakes you'll get to Three Elk Creek, which is where the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness starts, and no mountain bikes are allowed. The 3 mile mark is the turn around point for this out & back ride.

Enjoy your time at the lakes (bring mosquito repellent) and have fun on the same singletrack all the way back to CO 365.

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Jun 21, 2019
Yvonne Barnes
Good ride, hikers and horses on trail. Lakes at the top, good views. 3mi
Jun 14, 2019
Andrew Yon
3mi — 3h 14m

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