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Indian Peaks Traverse (IPT)

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.9 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An epic, long distance trail connecting Boulder to Winter Park, and one that is in the process of substantial upgrades!


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Map Key

71.4

Miles

114.9

KM

35%

Singletrack

11,665' 3,555 m

High

5,431' 1,655 m

Low

9,063' 2,762 m

Up

5,710' 1,740 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Commonly Bikepacked

Overview

A challenging and rewarding ride from Boulder to Winter Park.

Need to Know

This is a *VERY LONG* ride. Consider exploring it in segments, or breaking out your bike packing gear.

Description

The vision of the Indian Peaks Traverse (IPT) came from a committed group of outdoor enthusiasts in the Boulder area. Many of us had enjoyed iconic trails like the Colorado Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Kokopelli Trail, and the John Muir Trail. And while Boulder has a wonderful collection of trail systems, there has long been a passion, especially among trail runners and mountain bikers, to connect them and make longer and longer adventures. Our love of long distance adventures and a tradition of exploring the forests in Boulder County led us to the vision of an official trail connecting Winter Park to Boulder – the Indian Peaks Traverse.

While the current route for this trail uses a lot of road segments, there are several areas where active construction, corridor flagging, or planning is underway to substantially improve this route and increase the amount of singletrack.

We have a website with detailed segment-by-segment descriptions and maps that you can find here: indianpeakstraverse.org/

Contacts

Shared By:

Wendy Sweet with improvements by Jason Vogel

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 9 votes

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Photos

Leaving the East Portal of Needle's Eye Tunnel.
Jul 27, 2013 near Fraser, CO
Back to the rail grade as the usual thunderstorm builds.
Jul 27, 2013 near Fraser, CO
Crossing one of the Trestles coming down Rollins Pass towards Rollinsville
Jul 11, 2017 near Fraser, CO
"Look out" for awesome fall colors on this trail.
Oct 5, 2016 near Nederland, CO
East side trails review.
Sep 27, 2020 near Fraser, CO
Parts of the trail are just as they always were.
Jun 26, 2013 near Nederland, CO

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Jan 27, 2021
DAVID suggs
Aug 15, 2020
Nathaniel Powers
To note: it's closed from Boulder Creek! — 0h 05m
Aug 10, 2019
Chris Boyd
Sep 15, 2018
scott heger
68mi
Sep 15, 2018
Andy Ney
Rode W to E starting in Winter Park and stopped in Nederland 43mi — 36h 00m