Very fun trail for ATVing. THere is something for everyone here. It is all easy or moderate. Lot's of ghost mines and towns to see. Can get a little technical once you go past Hancock, but nothing too bad. Recommend an ATV or modified Jeep past Hancock....it get's rocky. The Alpine Tunnel is something to see. Again, ATV or Jeep country. You can use a regular passenger 4WD or AWD on the flat railroad beds...no problem. But again, once you get into the rocky parts of this trail, I highly recommend an ATV or modified Jeep. If you don't own one, rent one. If you do it anyway despite this warning, hey, it's your oil pan.
We started at Eddiesville Trailhead on September 6th. The weather was absolutely perfect. There was two of us, and the first day we did not see one other person. About 5 miles in we saw a cow Moose and her calf in the stream thickets on the south side of Cochetopa Creek. We made it 7.6 miles to where the Stewart Creek Trail starts heading north towards San Luis peak...not towards the Pass (which is continuing on the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide). We camped at this trail junction, which is where the picture was taken. The picture is the valley that Cochetopa Creek falls in all the way up to the saddle between San Luis (to the right) and another mountain to the left. Plenty of good water sources here. We saw another cow Moose while cooking dinner. Beautiful view. This was a few hundred feet below the tree line, so needless to say, it was FREEZING that night! I strongly recommend that if you camp here, or anywhere on the CT that you have a very warm sleeping bag and bag liner!
Wonderful, perfect trip.