Rewarding your effort is the final day's 5,000-foot descent. The views include gorgeous basins of wildflowers with backdrops of red mountains, deep green forests and alpine lakes. Our 5-day trip adds the classic Hermosa Creek Trail as a great warm-up ride.
Day 1: The Colorado Trail Tour is the most difficult ride in the U.S. that we offer. We will be riding narrow, technical trails at very high altitudes (10,000 - 12,000 ft.) with almost a certainty of thundershowers every day. If you are not prepared mentally and physically for these conditions we urge you to pick another tour.
If the idea of a challenging ride, often above tree line and far into the back country, appeals to you then this is the tour for you! If you have questions about your ability or the demands of this ride please contact our office.
The Colorado Trail Tour meets at 2:00 P.M. in Durango at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, located on Rt. 550 heading north through town. You may leave your car here for the length of the tour. If you need transportation from town to our meeting location please contact our office.
At the Fairgrounds we will load our support vehicle and shuttle to a campsite above Purgatory and the Hermosa Creek trail head. At camp your guides will prepare a delicious dinner and you will get a chance to acclimate a bit before your first ride. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Today we will ride the famous Hermosa Creek Trail. This 20-mile ride is a classic in Durango and includes rolling terrain with lots of descending on buffed singletrack. We'll finish the ride mid-afternoon and take a shuttle to Little Molas Lake for the night's camp and dinner. Fishermen please contact us about fishing licenses for the first 2 nights. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: After a hearty breakfast, we start our ride along this western section of The Colorado Trail, which stretches 470 miles from Denver to Durango. This is some of the most beautiful single-track you will ever see. We pass beneath the Twin Sisters peaks on our way to Rolling Mountain Pass and the spectacular descent to Cascade Creek.
We then travel towards Bolem Pass for our second camp. Today's ride is the toughest of the trip because we have 2 passes to climb. Highlights include the Cascade Creek drainage, with its abundance of wildflowers and the views of spectacular Engineer Mt. The ride totals 21 miles and we reach an elevation of 12,500 ft. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: We'll continue on the Colorado Trail towards Hotel Draw and Orphan Butte. Our high point today crosses Blackhawk Pass where some adventurous souls may opt to climb Blackhawk Peak, a fairly short hike. From the pass we begin the incredible descent towards Hotel Draw. Camp is high on a ridge among the Douglas Firs with beautiful sunset views. Today's mileage is 18 miles and we reach an elevation of 12,100 ft. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Today's ride traverses the spectacular Indian Ridge Trail and includes some short portage sections. The panoramic view of the entire San Juan range from the top is definitely worth the effort. Look carefully for Ptarmigans, a high alpine bird similar to grouse found among the tundra rocks. The trail races down from the high ridge to Kennebec Pass and our camp below. Mileage today is 16 miles and the high point reaches 12,300 ft. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Our final day's ride takes us down into Durango where we lose 5,000 ft. over 26 miles! There is one 1,000-ft. climb in the middle of the ride but that just means more descending! This is one of our favorite sections of trail in all of Colorado and we know you'll finish smiling. Includes: (B), (L).
- Distance: 98 Miles
- Intensity: Advanced Single track
- Departs: Durango, CO
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