527.1 miles
Distance
65,616 ft
Climb
-64,133 ft
Descent
3 miles
High Point

This is the full Colorado Trail bikepacking route with wilderness detours.

Detailed Description
Colorado Trail with Wilderness Detours is a 527 mile popular extreme route located near Colorado Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 65,616 ft with a max elevation of 13,227 ft then descends -64,133 ft.
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7 Reviews & Comments

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dpsummers44 (Jul 13, 2020 at 12:15)
No Ebikes due to animal disruptions. protected big horn sheet area.
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sasunde (Jan 10, 2022 at 7:14)
Not true. The only animal disruption was a few years back when a cyclist (not an e-bike) tried to take a selfie with some bear cubs. Momma bear did not approve. The entire trail was closed to the public for the remainder of the year. The ban on e-bikes is solely due to Denver Water wanting to limit as many people as possible and they figured e-bikes were an easy target. They blame the Forest Service, even though USFS rules would permit e-bikes on Forest Service roads. E-bikes may be ridden by riders with a disability tag or a letter from Denver Water claiming a disability. Bicycle Colorado, Bike JeffCo and Bike DougCo oppose this ban and are appealing to the USFS and Denver Water. Under Colorado Revised Statutes, Jefferson County and Douglas County Ordinance, Denver Mountain Parks Policy and USFS policy, this road should be open to e-bikes. Ultimately, a law suit against Denver Water may be pursued.
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dpsummers44 (Jan 10, 2022 at 8:20)
oh goodness. do what you gotta do then.
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colorado-biker-bob (Jul 4, 2020 at 7:26)
Signage now states e-bikes prohibited.
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JimmyHick (May 21, 2020 at 11:52)
easy trail up until you get to the single track. Good for beginners.
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mtbyetico (May 9, 2018 at 8:20)
Did the Wilderness Boundary change? It used to be further west than the road by less than a mile.
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Zachjackson (Mar 24, 2018 at 20:25)
Easy warm up climb up Waterton canyon road. At about 7 miles you enter the single track portion. Good climb and beautiful scenery along with it. Ends with a lengthy downhill.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
More Stats for Colorado Trail with Wilderness Detours mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    1,481 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,512 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,514 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,995 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -115.4%
  • Grade min
    99.1%
  • Distance climb
    266 miles
  • Distance down
    246 miles
  • Distance flat
    15 miles
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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CT - Platte Canyon
Nov 8, 2022 @ 10:27am
Nov 8, 2022
CT - Waterton Canyon
Nov 8, 2022 @ 2:27am
Nov 8, 2022
CT - Buffalo Creek
Apr 3, 2022 @ 1:23pm
Apr 3, 2022
a couple spots of trees down across the trail, very passable. on north-facing downhill, large patches of snow/ice. other spots are dry or hero dirt
CT - Raleigh Peak
Nov 7, 2021 @ 9:47am
Nov 7, 2021
Very dry; kitty litter gravel. Some trail washout/erosion in the burn area.
Forest Road
Sep 13, 2020 @ 8:38am
Sep 13, 2020
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