Denver to Durango | 2018

COLORADO TRAIL

After hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, I returned to Denver, Colorado, and began working as a front end developer. Many people talk about the "post-trail depression" that can occur after a long-distance hike, and I decided that if I had a long-distance trail to focus my free time on, that it might not hit as hard. In January, 2018, I departed on what would be an endless amount of weekend section hikes, tackling the Colorado Trail segment by segment. The Colorado Trail is 485 miles, stretching from Denver, Colorado, to Durango, Colorado. Due to snow constraints, I had to wait until June to begin Segment 6 (Kenosha Pass). I spent nearly every weekend that summer on the trail with my ex-boyfriend and his dog, and we struggled a lot pushing ourselves to make the miles we needed without jeopardizing returning to our desks on time each Monday morning. In the end, were able to make it 400 miles to Silverton, Colorado (Stony Pass), before the winter snow came and prevented us from continuing further. If you would like to follow along with this hike, feel free to check out the trail vlogs below!

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Backpacker Radio

Interview with Bill Manning

In episode 27 of Backpacker Radio we sit down with Bill Manning, the executive director of the Colorado Trail Foundation. He fills us in on the history of the trail, as well as its future, and the importance and need for trail maintainers.

Colorado Trail Vlogs

Colorado Trail Vlogs
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The Colorado Trail, Segment One: Waterton Canyon - South Platte River Trailhead (mile 0 - 16.8)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment One: Waterton Canyon - South Platte River Trailhead (mile 0 - 16.8)

The Colorado Trail, Segment Two: South Platte River - Little Scraggy Trailhead (mile 16.8 - 28.3)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment Two: South Platte River - Little Scraggy Trailhead (mile 16.8 - 28.3)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 3: Little Scraggy Trailhead - Lost Creek Bike Detour (mile 28.3 - 40.5)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 3: Little Scraggy Trailhead - Lost Creek Bike Detour (mile 28.3 - 40.5)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 4: Lost Creek Bike Detour - Long Gulch (mile 40.5 - 57.1)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 4: Lost Creek Bike Detour - Long Gulch (mile 40.5 - 57.1)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 5: Long Gulch - Kenosha Pass (mile 57.1 - 71.7)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 5: Long Gulch - Kenosha Pass (mile 57.1 - 71.7)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 6: Kenosha Pass - Breckenridge (mile 71.7 - 104.4)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 6: Kenosha Pass - Breckenridge (mile 71.7 - 104.4)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 7: Breckenridge - Copper Mountain (mile 104.4 - 117.6)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 7: Breckenridge - Copper Mountain (mile 104.4 - 117.6)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 8: Copper Mountain - Tennessee Pass (mile 117.6 - 143)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 8: Copper Mountain - Tennessee Pass (mile 117.6 - 143)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 9: Tennessee Pass to Timberline Lake (mile 143 - 156.6)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 9: Tennessee Pass to Timberline Lake (mile 143 - 156.6)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 10: Timberline Lake to Mt. Massive (mile 156.6 - 169.7)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 10: Timberline Lake to Mt. Massive (mile 156.6 - 169.7)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 11: Mt Massive to Twin Lakes / Collegiate West (mile 169.7 - 183.5)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 11: Mt Massive to Twin Lakes / Collegiate West (mile 169.7 - 183.5)

The Colorado Trail, COLLEGIATE WEST: Twin Lakes to Sheep Gulch (CT: 183.5 - 193.3 // CW: 0 - 9.8)
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The Colorado Trail, COLLEGIATE WEST: Twin Lakes to Sheep Gulch (CT: 183.5 - 193.3 // CW: 0 - 9.8)

The Colorado Trail, COLLEGIATE WEST Segment 2: Sheep Gulch - Cottonwood Pass (CW: 9.8-35.7)
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The Colorado Trail, COLLEGIATE WEST Segment 2: Sheep Gulch - Cottonwood Pass (CW: 9.8-35.7)

The Colorado Trail, COLLEGIATE WEST Segment 3: Cottonwood Pass to Tincup Pass (CW: 35.7 - 51.6)
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The Colorado Trail, COLLEGIATE WEST Segment 3: Cottonwood Pass to Tincup Pass (CW: 35.7 - 51.6)

The Colorado Trail, COLLEGIATE WEST Segment 4: Tincup Pass to Boss Lake Trailhead (CW: 51.6 - 67.3)
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The Colorado Trail, COLLEGIATE WEST Segment 4: Tincup Pass to Boss Lake Trailhead (CW: 51.6 - 67.3)

The Colorado Trail, COLLEGIATE WEST Segment 5: Boss Lake Trailhead to Fooses Creek (CW: 67.3 - 83)
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The Colorado Trail, COLLEGIATE WEST Segment 5: Boss Lake Trailhead to Fooses Creek (CW: 67.3 - 83)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 15: End of Collegiate West to Marshall Pass (mile 261.4 - 267.2)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 15: End of Collegiate West to Marshall Pass (mile 261.4 - 267.2)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 16 - We See A Moose! (And I never want to be that close to one again)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 16 - We See A Moose! (And I never want to be that close to one again)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 17: Sargents Mesa to CO Hwy-114 (mile 282.4 - 302.6)
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The Colorado Trail, Segment 17: Sargents Mesa to CO Hwy-114 (mile 282.4 - 302.6)

The Colorado Trail, Segment 18: CO Hwy-114 to CR-17Ff (mile 302.6 - 316.6)
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