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Stairway to Heaven



2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 508' 155 m
Descent: -11' -3 m
High: 6,323' 1,927 m
Low: 5,819' 1,774 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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The longer, more enjoyable way to access other trails within the Colorow Trail Network.

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Winter seasonal closure for this BLM land is December 1 through April 15.


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 trails.

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May 15, 2020
Drew W
Sep 2, 2019
Seth Hooker
Ride at least every other week
Jul 28, 2019
Michael Quinn
Great trail to access the upper trails, just outside of New Castle, CO.
Jun 13, 2019
Lisa Johnson
Jun 1, 2019
Pamela Jensen
Great quality trail. If switchbacks and exposure aren't your flavor, ride elsewhere 5mi — 1h 15m
May 13, 2019
Valerie Gilliam
May 7, 2019
Dust Chapin
Apr 17, 2019
Michael Hagen
Nice trail. Totally dry on 17 April. Lot's of switchbacks. A bit too many for a 12 year olds desire.

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Super fun climbing.
Jul 24, 2018 near New Castle, CO
Rolling up an easier and flatter part of Colorow East.
Jun 1, 2016 near New Castle, CO
Scenic views of the New Castle Valley and A LOT of switchbacks.
Jun 13, 2019 near New Castle, CO


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