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backpacking
3 days ago

We went from Molas and did half the trail up toward Kite Lake, then hiked back down to the train pickup, then we followed the train tracks into Silverton. It was a great trip!

Lovely day hike

Awesome hike! Was longer than listed! We saw sheep!!! That was awesome! The trail head at Waterton was closed which was stupid! But we didn’t let that stop up! The canyon was very hot but was fun along the river!

Longest hike I've ever done, beautiful view, abundant wildlife, very hot through Waterton canyon, overall, very tough 17 miles, extremely tired and sore, would not trade the experience.

Did partial of this trail catching it at 290 and hiking up and over to 273 intersection. It was the day after a heavy rain so the trail was a bit washed out and definitely moderate steep. Views from the high point back towards Tin Cup Pass beautiful. And the hike down to 273 easily trail run-able. Great time w/ my 78 year old dad!

backpacking
13 days ago

Great backpacking spot! There are some stellar views this segment. You definitely have to work for them, there are three parts that get very steep, and are anywhere from half a mile to a few miles. Hard, but worth it!

backpacking
15 days ago

Tons of mosquitos in this section. plenty of water. We finished up our hike at Twin Lakes, coming from TN Pass( Seg 9). We summited Mt Elbert too. Hike Mt Elbert EARLY. We started at 5am. AWESOME views at sunrise on Elbert. packs snacks, water and a rain jacket. We slackpacked with granolas, 100 oz water, rain jacket and emergency bivy. Plan for 6-8 hours on Elbert.

backpacking
15 days ago

peaceful! minimal traffic. plenty of small watering holes. very well maintained. gorgeous views. We hiked section 9 & 10 in a day...but we're pretty spent. this was part of a multi day hike from TN Pass, Mt Elbert summit, to Twin Lakes.

The trail is mixed grade inclines and declines, with 3 very steep sections, the rest were gradual. Some nice views along the way, varying from mountains, valleys, waterfall (extra 3 miles off the trail), and aspen groves. Great camping spots 6.5 and 15 miles in for backpacking. Trail was well marked, plenty of water sources after the first 6 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful wildflowers, water-crossings, and wandering at the beginning of this segment. I really enjoyed strolling the first bit of it. Didn't see a whole lot of people, but the few folks that I did run into were friendly. Bring your bug spray!

Easy hike once you get past the canyon. It was very! Hot! Biking in the canyon even at 4:30 in July. There are several nice campsites at 8.5 miles and I did not see the bear.

backpacking
1 month ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this section of the CT. There is a great valley view in the second half of this section that was particularly rewarding. Downside, the mosquitoes are quite bad this year for some reason. That aside, great section for backpacking and hiking.

Nice secluded section of the CT. There are a few elevation ups and downs but the flowers were in full bloom and the creeks all had water. Beautiful area.

I loved this segment of the CT. It was full of just right up and downs, beautiful terrain that was varied and interesting, it had good water and nice camping spots. It would be a perfect hike/backpacking trip to do with kids. And I can’t wait to hike it this fall when the aspen turn!

Hiked 8.5 miles round trip starting in Copper Mountain. Has a few creek crossings and beautiful hike through the forest. A few cyclist came by us,a few people trying to complete Segment 8. Nice day hike.

Please not your map is not accurate for the end of the trail. It is almost unbelievable but for 4 or more miles at the end you have to walk on a busy paved roads. Hikers should be warned of this as it is dangerous. It is embarrassing this is a part of the Colorado Trial

2 months ago

Hiked this trail on 6/9. Still a bit of snow between 11,000’ and timberline on the Breckenridge side but passable. Good workout and great scenery.

Lots of sun, lots of bikers and tons of bugs. Bikers courteous, bugs were not! Scenery just meh compared to other trails. I hiked in 4.5 miles then turned around, swatting at buzzers all around me the entire time. Little devils were relentless. Weren’t mosquitos. More like bees or horseflies.

trail running
2 months ago

Did trail run from Kenosha pass to the high ridge line about 1 mi before Georgia Pass. Great views of the peaks above Breckenridge. This is an excellent stretch for trail running - low traffic on this Sunday and nice steady elevation gain up to Georgia Pass. A little snow on trail above 11k but nothing to slow you down much.

Did the last 5 1/2 miles of the segment as an out and back on 6/2. Tons of wildflowers in bloom right now. Much of this part of the trail is shaded, so it’s nice to do on hotter days. Nice, quiet section of the trail, only saw a small handful of other people.

My Favorite section by far. Great campsites along the way.. the gem is at about 4 miles in from the trailhead. Streams were low so a bit tough to refill water. Epic views, with a good workout. Only downside was you go by quite a few car camping spots.

backpacking
2 months ago

Hot and Dry.. pack lots of water because there is none till the fire house. Shade is rare... sunblock for sure. Real nice views though.

Really beautiful trail. Unfortunately it is still covered in snow and mud at the moment, so we had to turn back 2 miles in.

SOLO hike with my dog. 12.2 miles, 1900 ft. elevation gain and it was awesome! We hit the trail at 8am and took our time. We were all alone on the mountain. This is a slow and steady hike. Though the elevation gain is 1900 ft. it doesn't feel like it until you make the turn at 8.3 and go up Redskin Creek Trail and even then it was quite gentle. The trail is very well marked; there is no way to get lost! Poles are not necessary if you're a seasoned hiker. This segment is loved by mountain bikers and it's really torn up in places; it's as wide as a boulevard! The intermittent streams were not running. There was one stream at 5.1, the Tramway Creek, which had enough water to use to resupply if needed. There is also a lot of shade on this hike and trees galore! I would definitely hike this segment again but I doubt I'll ever have another totally alone day on this mountain again!

they say the burn area is not a place to see..It is beautiful as it recovers.

Great pack training hike for distance and steady incline. walking along the river is always nice

trail running
3 months ago

Fun trail run.. ran from start of Waterton Canyon to a few miles above Lenny’s rest out and back. The lower canyon up to the dam is nice and gradual - great for any easy hike or ride with the Family. Some great elevation on the single track above the Dam. Unfortunately views today were restricted with low cloud cover above the dam.

Hiked the first four miles of this segment from the Platte River trailhead. Wasn't too hot, and there wasn't hardly another soul on the trail. Staggering views of the wildfire scar. No ice, no snow, no mud, but lots of crunchy gravel.

In summer.......it’s like going through the bowels of hell! Burn scar for most of the trail with no shade or cover! Definitely bring a wide brimmed hat and carry water. Fill up at the fire station! Beautiful vistas but brutal to get to.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Super fast leaving the Pass. Burning brakes for 2 hours heading South is exhausting. Loose gravel, very dry and major descents. Not a place to "just try out". Plan, pack and plan to be exhausted. Minimal water in late summer.

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