Colorado Trail

Colorado Trail Map
Length:484.4 miles
Steps:1,098,949 steps
Burned:62,274 calories (17.8 lbs)
Hiked:Aug 25 to Sept 27, 2017
Walk Trail!

The Colorado Trail runs nearly 500 miles through the heart of the Rocky Mountains from Denver to Durango. It's among one of the most consistently high-altitude hiking trails anywhere with an average elevation above sea level exceeding 10,000 feet (3,000 m). It runs through a multitude of climates and landscapes from searing sun-baked landscapes to snow-covered mountains where temperatures plunge well below freezing.

And for this hike, there's a treat—I carried some upgraded camera equipment! The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is heavy, bulky and a pain-in-the-you-know-what to carry (along with it's 300mm zoom lens), but I carried it every step of the way this time around to get some amazing shots that my regular point-and-shoot camera couldn't do. You'll find long-exposure photos of flowing creeks and shots of the stars and the Milky Way that I could never get before. With the zoom lens, I could get close-up photos of animals, insects and birds that I had never been able to get before. It's a trail like no other on Walking 4 Fun!

San Juan Mountains
 Stage NameLength
(miles)
Position
(miles)
1.Waterton Canyon to S Platte Canyon16.50.0 → 16.5
2.To Little Scraggy TH11.416.5 → 27.9
3.To Rolling Creek TH12.227.9 → 40.1
4.To Long Gultch16.440.1 → 56.5
5.To Kenosha Pass15.156.5 → 71.6
6.To Goldhill TH (Breckenridge)32.871.6 → 104.4
7.To Copper Mountain TH12.4104.4 → 116.8
8.To Tennessee Pass25.8116.8 → 142.6
9.To Timberline Lake TH13.4142.6 → 156.0
10.To Mount Massive TH13.0156.0 → 169.0
11.To Clear Creek TH21.5169.0 → 190.5
12.To Silver Creek TH18.6190.5 → 209.1
13.To Chalk Creek TH22.7209.1 → 231.8
14.To Highway 50 TH (Salida)20.5231.8 → 252.3
15.To Marshall Pass TH14.0252.3 → 266.3
16.To Sargents Mesa TH15.4266.3 → 281.7
17.To Highway 114 TH20.4281.7 → 302.1
18.To Saguache Park TH13.7302.1 → 315.8
19.To Eddiesville TH13.7315.8 → 329.5
20.To San Luis Pass12.6329.5 → 342.1
21.To Spring Creek Pass (Lake City)14.8342.1 → 356.9
22.To Carson Saddle TH17.3356.9 → 374.2
23.To Stony Pass TH16.0374.2 → 390.2
24.To Molas Pass (Silverton)20.0390.2 → 410.2
25.To Bolam Pass TH21.0410.2 → 431.2
26.To Hotel Draw TH11.1431.2 → 442.3
27.To Kennebec Pass TH20.6442.3 → 462.9
28.To Junction Creek TH (Durango!)21.5462.9 → 484.4
Bighorn sheep!
Colorado Trail @7.3 miles
Bighorn sheep!
Colorado Trail @18.4 miles
Colorado Trail @29.1 miles
Morning fog
Colorado Trail @48.5 miles
Morning fog
Colorado Trail @66.1 miles
Grey Jay
Colorado Trail @79.4 miles
Grey Jay
Pika!
Colorado Trail @112.0 miles
Pika!
Mining activities
Colorado Trail @126.7 miles
Mining activities
Colorado Trail @148.8 miles
Glacier Creek
Colorado Trail @157.6 miles
Glacier Creek
Beaver pond!
Colorado Trail @173.3 miles
Beaver pond!
Harvard Lake
Colorado Trail @206.2 miles
Harvard Lake
Frontier Ranch
Colorado Trail @226.4 miles
Frontier Ranch
Enjoy Salida!
Colorado Trail @251.6 miles
Enjoy Salida!
Break time!
Colorado Trail @261.3 miles
Break time!
The aspen are gorgeous!
Colorado Trail @276.2 miles
The aspen are gorgeous!
Steller's Jay
Colorado Trail @288.2 miles
Steller's Jay
The Milky Way!
Colorado Trail @311.8 miles
The Milky Way!
Van Tassel Gulch Road
Colorado Trail @319.7 miles
Van Tassel Gulch Road
Moose! Moose!
Colorado Trail @332.8 miles
Moose! Moose!
It's a vole!
Colorado Trail @345.0 miles
It's a vole!
White-tailed Ptarmigan
Colorado Trail @371.6 miles
White-tailed Ptarmigan
Colorado Trail @386.3 miles
Durango & Silverton historic train
Colorado Trail @409.5 miles
Durango & Silverton historic train
Colorado Trail @416.8 miles
Blackhawk Pass
Colorado Trail @438.2 miles
Blackhawk Pass
Colorado Trail @460.3 miles
Colorado Trail @467.3 miles
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