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Colorado Trail : Segment 6

MODERATE 44 reviews
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Colorado Trail : Segment 6 is a 30.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Jefferson, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 30.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4,954 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bike touring

bird watching

running

forest

views

wildlife

snow

Segment 6 — Kenosha Pass to Goldhill Trailhead. 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.

backpacking
29 days ago

Backpacked this around Sep 22-25 immediately after doing section 5, so traveling west/north. No snow on the trail at that date and the aspens had changed about 30%, I'd say. The climb to Georgia pass was at a pretty reasonable grade but we made camp a couple miles into the climb, so we didn't do all 6 (?) of the incline in one day. The downhill was really rough on our joints though. That was a lot of downhill! Georgia pass was beautiful and not surprisingly, super windy! After finishing the descent from Georgia pass (mile 18ish according to the default map) the trail becomes very obviously heavily used by mountain bikers. Not to mention, there were a lot of actual mountain bikers that passed by. Also the "water source" we reached after a long day of very little shade and water (logging, ugh) about 4.5 miles from the Breckenridge endpoint was a sad trickle when we got there so we had to bushwhack to the nearby river to get water. Be aware of this if you do this section in a dry season like fall. ALSO so many yellow jackets!!!! No mosquitoes but dear god the yellow jackets. Every water source was like a game of how long we could hang before the yellow jackets starting trying to crawl up our shorts. One stung me on the armpit while we ate lunch. I'm sure this is a seasonal thing. Don't plan to hang out at the creeks! And check your crevices before you move a body part!

hiking
30 days ago

Beautiful fall colors just beginning to change!

backpacking
1 month ago

Trail was amazing. Split it up into three days between 285 and breck. Snowed on us camping just before Georgia pass but an amazing segment for sure!!

hiking
2 months ago

This review is only for out and back from the Kenosha Pass West trailhead to the Georgia Pass. Backpacked this trail last weekend with my wife. We got to the trailhead off 285 around 6am and had no problems with parking. Our hiking plan was to go only to the Georgia Pass, spend the night and hike back down the next day. We found an established campsite just before West Jefferson Trail in which we pitched up for the night. There is still a couple of large patches of snow up there and the temperature at night was cold. We also found that the mosquitoes were swarming and quite annoying during the daylight hours at the Georgia Pass (not so much on the trail). The trail is in great shape and we crossed several streams so water replenishment was not an issue. I would consider this trail to be somewhere between moderate and hard but doable. Mountain bikers and thru hikers were in no shortage, but not enough to be too much. There are great views, Aspen groves and wild flowers all along the trail.. We absolutely loved this trip and would definitely do it again.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great trail. Stunning views! Three creek crossings.

hiking
3 months ago

Deep snow at the top of Georgia pass. Go up hill off trail When post holes end for 1/2 mileish to avoid deep snow. @11,500 ft.

hiking
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stunning views, beautiful forest, a pass that makes you want to sing the Sound of Music... what else could you want? A little dusty in the second half, can get very hot, a couple alleged water sources were dry. Bring extra. The view of the Breckenridge valley heading down into town is to die for. 9/10 would recommend!

running
Monday, June 04, 2018

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.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

At over 30 miles, this is the longest segment of the Colorado Trail. It's doubtful you can hike it in a single day. I couldn't. It's also the first segment that begins to give you the Rocky Mountain feel. In fact, it includes the first pass of the hike - Georgia Pass. Ending in Breckenridge is perfect. I stealth camped on Gold Hill.

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