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CT - Segment 4 to 5 Detour: Lost Creek Wilderness Bypass to Kenosha

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This route combines dirt roads to allow bikes, which are not allowed in the Lost Creek Wilderness, to bypass it.


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78.8

Miles

126.8

KM

Doubletrack

10,415' 3,175 m

High

7,405' 2,257 m

Low

7,629' 2,325 m

Up

5,877' 1,791 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

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Bikes are not allowed in the Wilderness. This allows bikers riding the Colorado Trail to ride around the wilderness on mostly dirt and gravel Forest Service roads, with about 24 miles on the paved, low traffic Tarryall Road. This is instead of riding 12 miles down the very busy and heavily-trucked US-285, which is winding and has poor-to-no shoulder much of the way, to Shawnee where you can get off on side roads again.

Description

As you are riding east on the Colorado Trail, you'll come to the edge of the Lost Creek Wilderness. Just past the parking area, turn right onto Rock Creek Road, #133 (a primitive dirt road), then right on #56 (a wider gravel road). Turn left onto Rock Creek Hills Road #39. This will take you to paved Tarryall Road #77. Turn left and follow Tarryall Road for about 24 miles. Stop at Tarryall Reservoir picnic area for a break and a view.

After continuing on Tarryall Road for a while longer, at Matukat Road, #211, turn left. Follow this gravel road as it skirts the peaks of the wilderness, offering many distant views. It changes to Goose Creek Road but remains #211. Turn left at Stoney Pass Road #560 just before the road down to Cheesman Reservoir.

At Wellington Reservoir, it becomes Wellington Lake Road #105. Continue on. Just past Windy Peak Outdoor Lab, you'll find the Colorado Trail Segment 4 parking area. Turn right to continue on the Colorado Trail away from the wilderness to Kenosha Pass.

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Kenosha Pass (East) in the fall... such an incredible ride.
Nov 16, 2015 near Pine, CO
You gotta get up to get down... but it's oh-so-worth-it on Kenosha Pass.
Nov 16, 2015 near Pine, CO
Nature's Highlighters
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The reason to do this ride in the fall:)
Apr 9, 2013 near Pine, CO
Hammering through a huge aspen grove at the beginning of the Colorado Trail off Kenosha Pass.
Nov 16, 2015 near Brecken…, CO
Colorado's version of Oak Alley
Apr 7, 2013 near Brecken…, CO
East side of Kenosha Pass has some very nice aspen cut throughs on the Colorado Trail as well.
Apr 9, 2013 near Brecken…, CO

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