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!"
--Tracy Salcedo, 12 Short Hikes in the Denver Foothills South (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Tom Barnhart, Front Range Single Tracks: Volume 2 (Fat Tire Press).
"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."
--Bob D'Antonio, Mountain Biking Denver & Boulder (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Tom Barnhart, Front Range Single Tracks (Fat Tire Press).
"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."
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