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CDT: Wolf Creek Pass to Ski Resort Summit

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A nice section of the CDT that connects Wolf Creek Pass to the summit of the resort and Treasure Mountain Trail #565.


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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Singletrack

11,765' 3,586 m

High

10,842' 3,305 m

Low

923' 281 m

Up

3' 1 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Typical high-country seasonality applies here: Snow-covered trail is possible as late as the end of July and as early as September.

Description

From the large parking area at the summit of Wolf Creek Pass, pedal through the meadow on an obvious trail and cross a creek on a wooden bridge. Turn left after crossing the bridge—there's a social trail here that heads right and will lead you off track.

From here, the trail climbs steadily through old-growth forest that's been heavily affected by pine beetles or some other tree-killing vermin—a large percentage of the pines here are gray and dead. There are a few tight, steep switchbacks but almost everything is easily rideable by an intermediate to advanced rider.

Shortly after navigating some switchbacks in a scree field, the trail will contour around to a south aspect and you'll come to a "junction" with Treasure Mountain Trail #565. "Junction" gets quotes here because there are a USFS sign and a rock cairn, but the trail itself is basically non-existent.

Past this junction, the trail gains the ridge just west of and below Alberta Peak, at the top of Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

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Brian Smith

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  3.6 from 5 votes

#16358

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A beautiful meadow toward the beginning of this portion of the CDT.
Jul 6, 2017 near Pagosa…, CO
Treasure Trail/CDT Junction
Jun 23, 2020 near Pagosa…, CO
This carin and the USFS sign on the tree mark the nonexistant start to Treasure Mountain Trail.
Jul 5, 2017 near Pagosa…, CO

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Jul 15, 2020
Issei Nakahara
4.8mi — 1h 50m
Jun 26, 2020
Andrea Helmig
Nice climb, no steep sections and the grade was quite nice with some climbing and then flat sections. Nothing super technical but the switchbacks a… 2.2mi — 0h 45m
Aug 5, 2018
Katie Purdy