Colorado Trail : Segment 14 is a 19.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Length19.8 miElevation gain3,871 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBike touringBird watchingrunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeSnowNo dogs
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Segment 14 — Chalk Creek Trailhead to US-50. The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail extending for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado.

Salida Ranger District, San Isabel National Forest 5575 Cleora Road Salida, CO 81201 719-539-3591 http://www.coloradotrail.org/

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Betsy LaCroix
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Hiking

Snow packed. No snowshoes needed, but micro spikes were critical. Only people on the trail.

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Elizabeth Wilder
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Khalid Abo
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Khalid Abo
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Mark Ladetto
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Bill Geddes
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Mountain biking

This portion of the Colorado trail is fun and not real strenuous.

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Julia Moffitt
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RunningGreat!

Ran this solo S to N back in July of 2020 in one push. I was a bit out of shape but the trail was so wonderful I had nothing to complain about!! The entire section was beautiful, the aspen groves were spectacular and the views near Shavano were also a highlight. The last section from Browns Creek to Mt Princeton is very dry so make sure you’re full on water. One of my top days on the trail for sure.

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Penny Smith-Kerker
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Hiking

Easy segment; aspens starting to turn.

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David Marcus
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Joseph Jemello
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Disappointed this app does not provide the Colorado section of the Continental Devide in its entirety.

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Floyd Dowell
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Hiking

We did this in 3 days from S to N. The first and middle sections are the prettiest with lots of trees, streams, and camping spots. The first section from HW 50 to Shavano campground was certainly the most secluded. The last section is a bit boring. The sections around the trailheads for the 14ers had lots of people and bikers. Some bikers would have wiped us out if we had been coming around a blind curve. Otherwise was a great hike.

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Erin Ingle
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Hiking

Great trail. Nice for early in the season. We did it in 2 days 13 miles the first day 9 the second. Lots of creeks for water and beautiful aspens on the southern side! Would definitely stay another day and shoot for Shavano or antero if I were to do it again!!

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Nicole Zola
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Hiking

Pretty trail.

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Gwen Fornia
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Hiking

Hiked segment in two days with a day in between to climb Shavano. Segment 14 was lightly trafficked on Labor Day weekend. This segment was easy to moderate for this moderate hiker with a 30 lb pack. Probably easy with a light pack. There is a very nice campground near (south of) Angel of Shavano trailhead with clean restrooms and a manager who threw away my garbage and offered me well water. I had plenty of filtered water from the several streams though. Mostly shaded trail except at noon. Lots of bees when stopping for water or lunch

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Colleen Robles
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Hiking

Lovely hike. RATING KEY 5 stars = spectacular hike 4 stars = lovely hike, would happily do again 3 stars = enjoyed the hike, but not inclined to revisit

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Danielle Bonneau
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Hiking

really nice and pretty easy trail. we broke off to do the Falls hike. no snow. there are a few Creek crossings, one that was a little tricky with the dog.

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Adam Kincaid
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June 23, 2019 Easy hike, though might be moderate for some. We went just 5.75 miles in, ate lunch, then went back to the Chalk Creek Trailhead where we started. The only semi-difficult portion was the initial ascent of about 1000 feet in the first 1.5 miles, but it wasn't too bad. One dog on leash, one trail runner, three mountain bikers, and about 5-6 other hikers. So not heavily trafficked. Looks like horseback riding is popular as well. The trail is in great condition. Water in the streams are high but not terrible. Would love to finish the segment one day, seems very doable. Garmin: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3777864258 All Trails: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/activity-3777864258

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Jenny Zichterman
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Hiking

I only hiked a small portion (from Angel of Shavano campground/county road 240) to the trailhead of Mt. Shavano. I also went up the Shavano trail about a mile. The Colorado trail portion here was dry, clear and beautiful! So many aspens, meadows and views. I will be back in the fall for sure!

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H Dean Hines Jr
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Hiking

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!

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Becca Saunders
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Backpacking

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.

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Iwana Rademaekers
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This was a good trail. Easy to follow and beautiful view from the top.

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Martha Henderson
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The view of this trail is amazing! The mountains and fall trees are so picture perfect !We are visiting here from Texas and the peace and tranquility is very nice.. Our 2 dogs loved it!

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Kennedy P
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Did about three miles round trip from the chalk creek trailhead-- nice hike with beautiful views from the ridge.

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Steve Windom
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Hiking

A beautiful hike with awesome views of Chalk Canyon. Did about 4 miles round trip to top of ridge at 9320 ft. A lot of hummingbirds. View of Arkansas River Valley was a wide pano. A really great trail!!!

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Nathan & Ashley Dame
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Hiking

Doesn't get any better than this! Enjoy the solitude.

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Rick Powelson
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If you want quiet and alone, this trail is for you!

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Penny Smith-Kerker
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Cindy Heyyz
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Penny Smith-Kerker
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