Colorado Singletrack Bike Trip | Colorado
Colorado Singletrack is a high alpine, truly backcountry, cycling adventure. Riding alpine singletrack above treeline with stunning 360-degree views, we'll travel into the way back for a mountain bike experience unique to Colorado's high country.
Refreshingly cool mountain summer weather greets us as we start the trip with a ride on the classic Hermosa Creek Trail before we meet up with the Colorado Trail, a 500-mile trail that crosses the state. We ride a 50 mile section of what Bike Magazine has called the, "nation's premier alpine singletrack." On this tour we'll climb stunning alpine passes, traverse ridge tops that glow with summer wildflowers, and for the finale descend 6,000 feet of singletrack to the mountain bike happy town of Durango.
Colorado Singletrack is designed for mountain bikers with singletrack experience who are in peak physical shape. Average mileage of 18 miles a day is plenty at the 10,000-foot elevation where the unpredictible weather could make your trip an expedition. The Colorado Singletrack tour is a guided mountain bike adventure not to be missed. Up for the challenge? Call us at 800-845-2453. We'll help you get started planning this incredible mountain biking experience.
After meeting in Durango, we’ll load up and shuttle to our first day’s ride, the Hermosa Creek Trail. This singletrack trail is considered one of the best in the Rockies and is a great warm up for the rest of our trip. Although we are almost always losing elevation on this 18 mile trail, it is a challenging workout. Beginning in the open meadows of Hermosa Park, we ride beside Hermosa Creek for a few miles before the creek drops away from the trail. The singletrack threads through large stands of aspens and conifers. After intersecting Dutch Creek we will begin a short, but strenuous climb. Some of the best riding of the day occurs after the climb, as we roll along at a fairly steady elevation, high above the roaring creek. Once we reach the trailhead, we’ll shuttle further up into the mountains to our camp at Little Molas Lake. TOTAL MILEAGE: 19 miles
Today we will start riding on the Colorado Trail, which ultimately runs 500 miles from Denver to Durango and provides amazing wilderness scenery along its entire course. The theme for the day is 25 miles of alpine riding, most of it at or near tree line. From our camp, we climb to Rolling Pass which sits at 12,500 feet. The views from the top are stunning and along our route we will see Engineer Peak, Twin Sisters and the peaks of the Grenadier Range. After we take it all in, we will begin a big descent to Cascade Creek, riding through wildflowers which can be handlebar height at their peak! From the creek, we begin our final ascent of the day to Sliderock Pass and then, you guessed it, we go downhill again to our camp at Bolam Pass, 11,000 feet.
TOTAL MILEAGE: 25 miles
Today we’ll continue along the Colorado Trail. From camp the trail begins by winding around the slopes of Hermosa Peak before ascending 12,000-foot Blackhawk Pass. There will be some short hike-a-bikes on this section, which give us a chance to stretch our legs and enjoy the far reaching views from this high elevation trail. From the pass we descend some technical switchbacks carved into the granite hillside. After a quick stop at a spring we will ride downhill on the forested ridges high above Straight Creek. The trail swoops into Hotel Draw where we’ll pick up the Highline section of the Colorado Trail. This ridgeline provides expansive views of the mysterious Weminuch Wilderness and the peaks of the La Platas, which draw nearer daily. Tonight’s “Orphan Butte” camp is on Highline Ridge at approximately 10,800 feet. TOTAL MILEAGE: 15 miles
”The Big Day.” Today’s Indian Trail Ridge section of the Colorado Trail presents the most challenging terrain we’ve seen so far. The ridge itself is a section of trail that runs above treeline at 12,000 feet for nearly four miles. It is an outstanding alpine trail, truly unique in the world of mountain biking. The entire day is alpine in character with both smooth and rocky descents, long climbs, short hike-a-bikes and outstanding 360-degree views of mountains stretching to the horizons. This is an unforgettable day spent on your bike. Our camp tonight is on Kennebec Pass in the La Plata Mountains at 11,600 feet. TOTAL MILEAGE: 17 miles
Today is the reward for all the climbing of the past four days. We’ll follow the Colorado Trail 26 miles to Durango. Although we have a 1200 foot climb midday, our cumulative vertical descent is 6000 feet total! The day starts with a stellar descent of 3,500 feet, which winds back and forth in the creek drainages of the La Plata Mountains. At the base we’ll cross Junction Creek and begin our climb that takes about 1-1/2 hours before topping out on Wild Oat Mesa. Continuing down another 2,500 feet the Colorado Trail eventually ends our journey as we ride triumphantly into Durango. TOTAL MILEAGE: 26 miles
This tour contains some very difficult riding on narrow, steep mountain trails. A high level of skill and fitness is required to enjoyably navigate much of the route. We will be without vehicle support during all of the singletrack sections of the ride and medical help is far away. Please call us and we can help you determine whether this trip is appropriate for you. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.
Riding Surface: Singletrack trails on clay, packed sediment, some rocky sections, pine needles, smooth dirt and short sections of county roads and asphalt.
Overall Rating: Advanced
Technical Difficulty: Difficult. Technical singletrack
Physical Difficulty: Difficult. High altitudes (over 10,000 feet), steep climbs and long unsupported sections.
Altitude: 8,000 - 12,000 feet
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