Segment 6 Shuttle: Kenosha Pass to Gold Hill (Breckenridge)
ElevationAscent: 4,497' 1,371 m
Descent: -5,325' -1,623 m
High: 11,843' 3,610 m
Low: 9,181' 2,798 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“One of the Colorado Trail's finest segments; alpine vistas and flawless downhills!”— Chuck McQuade
After a quick rest and enjoying the impressive alpine vista, the amazing yet demanding downhill begins with a long, rocky and techy section before coming to the middle fork of the Swan River. Recover for the next few miles before crossing the North Fork jeep road to tackle the rides most demanding climb. Push on as it's all downhill from here...for ten fast and flowy miles!!
Logistically, arranging the car shuttle is an important and challenging part of this ride. It takes about one hour to drive from Breckenridge to Kenosha Pass. Consider camping or finding lodging in Breckenridge then staying for a few days to enjoy some of the endless riding opportunities in summit county. Broken Compass Brewery is a great après ride watering hole two miles south of the rides end along the Blue River Bikeway.
At this point, the slog begins. You'll encounter a steep and continuously technical climb for the next six miles en route to Georgia Pass, the rides high point topping out at almost 12,000 feet. A few miles into the climb, you'll come across "Lunch Rock", which offers a prime spot to refuel and take in the views to the northeast. A few more miles and the climb mellows as you start to break treeline. At the fork with West Jefferson Trail, you'll continue left through the alpine tundra before coming to Georgia Pass. Take a moment to snap some pictures under Mt Guyot, which looms overhead just to the west of the pass. On a clear day to the NE you can also see 14,000' peaks, Grays and Torreys.
Now the fun begins! Continue on the Colorado Trail dropping NE from the pass, the first several miles are fast and flowy. Once the grade steepens, the next three miles are very technical and demanding taking you through endless rock gardens and tight switchbacks before ending at the middle fork of the Swan River. After crossing a bridge and a jeep road, look for the Colorado Trail to continue on much tamer terrain.
Utilize the next few miles to recover before crossing the North Fork jeep road. The next climb is likely the rides crux. In comparison to the long and steady climb up to Georgia Pass, this climb is steeper, not to mention you are now 20 miles into the ride. The initial mile is the most challenging. Push on as the reward is priceless! Soon you'll be grinning ear to ear as you fly down flawless downhill for what seems like an endless three miles.
At this point, you'll come to the junction with Red Trail, the Colorado Trail takes a u-turn left and continues. After a brief climb, the downhill bliss continues before coming to Horseshoe Gulch. The trail crosses the creek and continues on heading west. This can be a congested spot as the "Dredge" parking lot is just to the south, a popular launching point for the areas extensive trails system. However, your fun is not over yet, after a brief climb savor your last two miles of downhill which ends with steep switchbacks hanging over Tiger Run Resort.
Finally, the trail wraps around a small pond then continues after crossing a paved road. The final crux is crossing Highway 9 before heading north for a few hundred yards to the Gold Hill trailhead and the start of CT - Segment 7: Gold Hill Trail!
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