The Big Loop La Plata Canyon - Kennebec Pass - Colorado Trail Topo Map

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There are several variations on this powerful loop, but this is the town favorite. The route climbs to Kennebec Pass (about 11,700 feet above sea level) on a tough dirt/4WD road. On the way back to town, it’s twisty, groomed singletrack the whole way. With towering peaks all around and thoughts of smooth backcountry rollers filling their heads, riders will be nicely distracted from the unrelenting 25-mile ascent which is this loop’s first half. Harsh Hidden Climb Alert! Before embarking on the singletrack second half of this ride, you should be aware that after its initial five-mile descent from Kennebec, this trail climbs about 1,000 feet out of the Junction Creek drainage, twisting skyward for a buzz-killing 4.5 miles. By itself, this climb isn’t too much to handle, but there will be hell in the backcountry for long-loopers who have failed to haul enough food along. (When I did this loop, I started on a full stomach, then along the way I ate three sandwiches, three energy bars, a few pieces of fruit, some jerky, and I was still a bit shaky.) This baby nails the coffin shut on those who had trouble just getting over the pass, and there are no possible bailouts once you’ve committed by descending to the creek. Trail Surface: 45% singletrack, 30% paved roads, and 25% dirt roads/4WD roads.
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Durango, Colorado

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