Stairway to Heaven starts from the Colorow Trail Connector
near the start of Colorow Trail West
. Exit the Colorow Trail Connector
and begin climbing the Stairway to Heaven.
After a few switchbacks, cross a rough doubletrack and continue on Stairway to Heaven. After some more rolling terrain, you'll arrive at another junction. A left here will take you up to Colorow Trail West
and the future Colorow Flow trail area. Continue straight on Stairway to Heaven.
Now the Stairway to Heaven starts to get some upward mobility, although at a moderate pace. The trail will work its way though a drainage and then begin a switchback climb up the side of a prominent, wooded hill. Once at the top of this hill, you'll begin a fun, twisty climb up the prominent saddle to the north.
Once at the top of this saddle you'll enjoy a short, exposed section that traverses the hillside to the east. Once across this steep face, you'll be faced with 12 challenging, but rideable switchbacks to arrive at the top of the Stairway to Heaven trail. Once at the top, you'll be at the intersection with Colorow Trail East
. Take a right to descend Colorow Trail East
for a short loop, or take a left to explore other trails within the Colorow Trail Network.
While the Stairway to Heaven trail is a great climbing trail to access other trails in the network, it is also a fun, more intermediate way to descend from the network, when compared to the more technical Colorow Trail East
and Colorow Trail West