Colorado Trail Segment 2

Pike National Forest, Colorado

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Colorado Trail (Segment 2) is a hiking and biking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Pike National Forest. It is 9.9 miles long and begins at 7,671 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,675 feet. Near the trailhead there are information guideposts, parkings, and restrooms.
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Colorado Trail (Segment 2) is a hiking and biking trail in Jefferson County, Colorado. It is within Pike National Forest. It is 9.9 miles long and begins at 7,671 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,675 feet. Near the trailhead there are information guideposts, parkings, and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Raleigh Peak (Road Closed) Road and Colorado Trail (Segment 1).
Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking
Nearby City: Pike National Forest
Distance: 9.9
Elevation Gain: 4,675 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 7,671 feet
Top Elevation: 7,782 feet
Parks: Pike National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 6100/7782 ft
Elevation Start/End: 7671/7671 ft

Colorado Trail (Segment 2) Professional Reviews and Guides

"Technically, this isn't the top of the world-but it's an appropriate name for a gorgeous chunk of the Colorado Trail that would otherwise simply be known as another gorgeous chunk of the Colorado Trail. Besides, the trail runs near the Top Of The World Campground- close enough to borrow the moniker.

This rollercoaster of a path wanders through forest and meadow to a breathtaking viewpoint a short distance from the campground. From the vista point, you can look east past the striking rock towers to the high plains and south to Pikes Peak. If the view isn't enough to draw you down the path, the wildflowers should be; they pepper the meadows in such profusion you don't have to suffer from hay fever to sneeze!"

"This is a grunt of a ride with a continuous 5+ mile climb without relief. On the positive side, you are not likely to have much bike traffic and the descent back to the start is simply a hoot.

Portions of the trail still show the ravages of the 1996 Buffalo Creek fire and hence there may be sections of sand, gravel and ruts to contend with. But with much of the trail seeing recent maintenance, rerouting, and a new bridge across the South Platte, the climb is now much more biker friendly than in the past. TERRAIN: Firm to loose trail with ruts; sand and gravel; a few rocks."

"Another one of those great Buffalo Creek singletrack rides. Bizarre pedaling through recent forest fire burns. Tread: 0.3 miles on doubletrack and 11.4 miles on singletrack."

"This ride is so well known and heavily ridden, that I almost didn't include it in the book. Why include it? It may be the classic ride in the Pike National Forest. Don't be alarmed by the relatively high number of miles; the miles ride quickly. The trail surface: classic sandy hardpack.

The terrain: alternating climbs and descents, some long, some short, as the trail darts through the trees and around rocks. You can really get your speed up during some of the downhill sections. Terrain: Hardpack, some sand and roots."

"Singletrack, singletrack, and more singletrack! One of the best rides in the Front Range. Don’t miss this one! Tread: 0.2 mile on doubletrack and 17.3 miles on singletrack."

Colorado Trail (Segment 2) Reviews

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7/11/2009
A very enjoyable trip - once the rain left. We were forced to seek shelter about half way into the ride after we got down into a valley and stood under some short trees as the rain went through. But after that, we saw four deer and only one person on or near the trail. Our shoes became soaking wet from all of the vegetation growing alongside the trail-not so lunar looking anymore-I guess that's why the deer like the area. The trail starts from the parking lot on a fairly level slope and then goes downhill so the majority of the ride back to the parking lot is uphill-not terribly difficult, but be prepared. The route suggested in the Trails.com guide is best because it takes you down the steepest part of the trail and up a longer gentler less-steep part of the trail. It is a good afternoon or morning ride close to Denver.
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6/25/2007
Very Fun, fairly buff wide single track through the forest! Good for experienced begginers. Bring a picnic.
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6/10/2007
A nice short set of loops with smooth single track. The area in general is very crowded. But this is a nice quick ride with some fun, fast winding single track.
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