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Colorado Trail: Segment 5 is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grant, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 13.7 mi Elevation gain 1,886 ft Route type Point to Point

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Segment 5 — Long Gulch to Kenosha Pass 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.

South Platte and South Park Ranger Districts: South Platte Ranger District, Pike National Forest 19316 Goddard Ranch Ct. Morrison, CO 80465 303-275-5610 South Park Ranger District, Pike/San Isabel National Forest 320 Hwy. 285 Box 219 Fairplay, CO 80440 719-836-2031 http://www.coloradotrail.org/

Directions from Jefferson: Access Long Gulch Trailhead: Travel north on Highway 285 approximately 1 mile to Lost Park Road (Forest Road 56). Turn right on to Lost Park Road and travel approximately 11 miles to Long Gulch Trailhead.

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Aaron Larkin
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Running

Went the full segment from Long Gulch to Kenosha. Definitely some blowdown around 3.5 but it seemed pretty navigable to me even while running. Didn’t see the blue flagging that somebody else mentioned, but by mile 4 it was back to clear trails. The second half of the segment was much more exposed, bring sunscreen!

Kate Brown
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Hiking

See Steve Coopers' review regarding the blow down, he is spot on and I couldn't have said it better myself. We hiked from Long Gulch lot to Kenosha Pass campground (start of section 6), total was about 14.4 mi. Scenic views, only tricky part was the blowdown, other than that lovely early summer hike. Ee had our dog with us, on leash, she enjoyed the creek crossings. Standard early afternoon thunderstorms, keep watch for those.

Steve Cooper
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Hiking

The smaller trees and branches have been removed from the trail but lots of big trees across the trail to be navigated. Through the worst section someone (Forest Service?) has kindly placed blue tape to show the best path through. Extra work no doubt, but likely a much easier experience than the previous two travelers recorded below. Apart from the blowdown, the trail was in great shape with plenty of water along the way; spectacular views once you get towards Kenosha Pass.

Kevin Post
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HikingBlowdown

Blowdown was no joke a few miles into segment 5. I had no phone signal and my Colorado Trail Data Book was of no help navigating through the enormous amount of trees that have fallen. Very easy to get lost. Eventually things clear up but I easily lost an hour trying to get back onto the trail.

Jericho H
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BackpackingBlowdown

Ton of blowdown about 4 miles in. I went around it on the way out, that sucked. I went over it on the way back, that sucked even more.

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Michael Trzeciak
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BlowdownSnow

went from Long Gulch TH to Rock Creek TH. Manageable snow for first 1/4-1/2 mi, easy to navigate. At about mile 3 we came across a mess of blow down. Route finding would have been impossible with out electronic aid. I think this will hold true when the snow is gone too. With out navigation, we would have turned back. took us about another 45 mins or so to navigate around it. Only saw 1 set of human foot prints afterward in the snow and large moose tracks.

Shannon Rogers
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Charity Rutan
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Hiking

The trail was in perfect condition and the Aspens were almost at peak.

Catherine Read
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Backpacking

Backpacked this on September 21-22 (and section 6 in the days following). Not too much foot traffic till we got within 4 miles of Kenosha pass/hwy 285. Lots of old dried up bear poop so I'm sure there's plenty of bear activity here when it's warmer! Fairly mild elevation changes and a very well kept/well hiked trail. Plenty of water stops as well. The aspen grove on the downslope towards hwy 285 was magical, although I'd put the color change at only around 30% or so when we hit it. Also, I'm not sure if it was our timing or if this is always the case, but the water sources often had a lot of thirsty yellow jackets hanging around. They weren't as aggressive as those POS's can be but check your crevices before moving a body part.

Jack McFadden
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Backpacking

Trail was amazing today. Great views and great weather.

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Jacob B
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Hiking

Great views

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David Edgington
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Hiked this segment Saturday. Crossed a number of streams; and even the "intermittent streams " were flowing briskly. Quite a few meadows along the way, and panoramic views of South Park towards the end. The approach road had lots of washboard, so figure on doing 15-20 mph on those 11 miles.

Helena M.
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Hiking

we walked 23 miles through part of segment 4 and all of segment 5. the weather was great during the day, the ascents are all fairly mild until you summit Kenosha pass. those parts aren't steep of anything, but they're relentlessly uphill. depending into the aspens at the end of the hike was pretty. the vista point views are quite a sight. the whole hike was very beautiful. our guidebook kept saying there was very little water, but we passed a # of streams. lots of mosquitoes and it stormed around 6p

Carolyn Condreay
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Hiking

Wildflowers everywhere! A little bit of everything with forest, aspens, meadows and big views. A couple of downed trees blocking the trail easy to get around. Lots of evidence of bears, but didn’t see any. Camped at roughly 2.5 miles in after completing section 4, lots of water options.

Meg R.
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Backpacking

Segment 5 is in great condition. Lots of water options for backpackers. Camped at mile 7.3 (Rock Creek). Saw moose, antelope and plenty of beautiful scenery!

Elizabeth Lee
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Hiking

Trail is dry and in great condition, easy to follow the whole way. One large downed tree toward the end, but nothing too difficult to get around. All the extra water this year is making things very green! Lots of cows around.

Ryan Shaffer
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Hiking

Hiked segment 4 & 5 over the Memorial Day started at the top of Kenosha pass. On segment 5 the trail was in great condition very little snow and some light mud had a great time only saw 5 people. 4 people were day hikers, and he last person was a backpacker. All of them were going the opposite direction of me.

Karla B.
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Started at Kenosha Pass and hiked toward Long Gulch going out 3.5 miles and then back to the parking lot. The view at 3.5 miles is absolutely panoramic. A gorgeous day and peak color on the aspens. Beautiful views of Southpark. Love this segment of the trail.

Holly Kaye
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Lovely day hike

Deidre Schoolcraft
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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!

Brian D.
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Mountain biking

gorgeous! bikepacking from Kenosha pass, camped in Grants pass and rolled out the next morning to Copper mtn. Plenty of water in this segment on the CT.

Andrea Kadavy
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Hiking

Aspens are at their peak and starting to drop their leaves. Walked from Highway 285 trailhead in 1.5 miles and back. Easy incline and amazing views. The trail is very busy with hikers, families, photographers, bikers and dogs.

Richard Adams
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My father-in-law and I hiked this today 3 miles from the trailhead and back. Pretty level hike with some great views of snow-capped mountains, wildflowers and aspen trees. Only saw a group of 4 & a guy riding a horse during our 4 hour hike. We plan on coming here again!

Nick Bergman
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Tons of aspens, definitely coming back in the fall. No water on miles 9-14. Amazing panoramas, bring a good camera!

Karen S.
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Hiking

We split this up in 3 sections. A lot tree cover. Not a lot of traffic

Tips Tops
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Mike Manchen
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Mike Manchen
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