68 miles
Distance
11,213 ft
Climb
-7,831 ft
Descent
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.

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Trails in Route

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

Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bikepacking
    Yes
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Indian Peaks Traverse (IPT) mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    3,382 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,407 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,407 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,790 ft
  • Grade
    0.936%
  • Grade max
    -38.629%
  • Grade min
    34.173%
  • Distance climb
    41 miles
  • Distance down
    26 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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      youtuber West Magnolia: Rocks and Roots Descent
      West Magnolia: Rocks and Roots Descent
      5:13 | 154 | comments: 0 | favs:
      May 28, 2018
      Trestle Bike Park - Trestle DH, Bear Arms, B...
      Trestle Bike Park - Trestle DH, Bear Arms, B All U Can B
      trail: Boot
      5:48 | 207 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Jul 3, 2011
      Trestle Downhill - Bear Arms - Boot Camp - B All U Can B. Really fun run
      Boulevard, Bear Arms, Boot Camp
      Boulevard, Bear Arms, Boot Camp
      trail: Boot
      2:12 | 261 | comments: 1 | favs: 3
      Jul 9, 2009
      Rider Joel Alamo drops some of the best features in Trestle Bike Park.

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Broken Thumb
      Oct 17, 2019 @ 7:52am
      Oct 17, 2019
      Some short snow sections on the upper part. Not too bad. One kind of muddy section on the last descent to the road.
      Idlewild
      Sep 20, 2019 @ 12:06pm
      Sep 20, 2019
      Lookout
      Sep 14, 2019 @ 9:21am
      Sep 14, 2019
      Rocks and Roots
      Sep 14, 2019 @ 9:21am
      Sep 14, 2019
      Cutacross
      Sep 14, 2019 @ 9:21am
      Sep 14, 2019
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