68.5 miles
9,306 ft
-5,931 ft
2 miles
High Point

The vision of the Indian Peaks Traverse (IPT) came from a committed group of outdoor enthusiasts in the Boulder area. Many of us had enjoyed iconic trails like the Colorado Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Kokopelli Trail, and the John Muir Trail. And while Boulder has a wonderful collection of trail systems, there has long been a passion, especially among trail runners and mountain bikers, to connect them and make longer and longer adventures. Our love of long distance adventures and a tradition of exploring the forests in Boulder County led us to the vision of an official trail connecting Winter Park to Boulder – the Indian Peaks Traverse.

While the current route for this trail uses a lot of road segments, there are several areas where active construction, corridor flagging, or planning is underway to substantially improve this route and increase the amount of singletrack.

Detailed Description
Indian Peaks Traverse (IPT) is a 68 mile popular intermediate route located near Boulder Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 10 trails. This route climbs 9,306 ft with a max elevation of 11,669 ft then descends -5,931 ft.

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5 Reviews & Comments

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Paddyofowler (Mar 10, 2022 at 12:13)
Hey Boulder Area Bikers

I know we are still deep in snow but I am planning bikepacking trip this spring that will include some of the Indian Peaks Traverse. My question - is Lakeshore Drive legally accessible by bike? I see a No Trespassing sign at the entrance and want to avoid causing issues. Thanks

Patrick F.
  • + 1
getvert (Mar 10, 2022 at 13:33)
Hi @Paddyofowler. Yes, Lakeshore Drive aka CR 68J is open to the public and people riding bicycles.
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bocomtb (Jun 17, 2020 at 8:30)
Short, but fairly difficult climb, partially due to the altitude. Shade is a nice bonus. If you're unsure about your climbing legs then I recommend FSR105->FSR503 as an easier climb up to School Bus.

As a descent, it's bumpy, fast and very straight. Not bad, but my opinion is that School Bus is still the better descent.
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Astrunk (Jun 7, 2020 at 16:42)
Trail Broken Thumb
Trail badly obstructed 6/9/20. About 100 down trees across trail.
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Trails in Route

Chapman Drive3 miles
Boot3,330 ft
Aspen Alley2,838 ft
Lookout3,058 ft
Cutacross423 ft
Rocks and Roots2 miles
Broken Thumb3 miles
Twisted Ankle5,272 ft
Idlewild1,253 ft


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    Mountain Bike
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    Point to Point
  • Bikepacking
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    Both Directions
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More Stats for Indian Peaks Traverse (IPT) mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    3,374 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,407 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,407 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,783 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    44 miles
  • Distance down
    23 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Chapman Drive
Aug 16, 2022 @ 9:08am
Aug 16, 2022
Jun 12, 2022 @ 11:34am
Jun 12, 2022
Rocks and Roots
Jun 4, 2022 @ 3:20pm
Jun 4, 2022
some patches of snow, wet
Aspen Alley
Jun 4, 2022 @ 1:55pm
Jun 4, 2022
Dec 4, 2021 @ 9:29am
Dec 4, 2021
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