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The Colorado Trail, eighth edition - BLEMISHED

By The Colorado Trail Foundation

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Completely redesigned and revised guide to The Colorado Trail that stretches 486 miles from Denver to Durango.


• The only Colorado Trail guide available for thru-hikers, day hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, XC skiers, and horse people.


• 120 color pictures, 28 segment maps, elevation profiles, integrated GPS waypoints, town maps, and mountain bike detours of Wilderness Areas.



The Colorado Trail (CT) is the premier scenic long trail in North America. It winds its way through endless fields of wildflowers to wind-swept mountain passes, from wild mountain rivers and streams to quiet trails through old growth forests. The CT crosses eight mountain ranges, six National Forests, six Wilderness Areas, and five river systems. Starting near Denver at 5,500 feet and ending near Durango at 7,000 feet, the CT gains and loses almost 76,000 feet in elevation over 486 miles.

This eighth edition of the official CT guide has all the information a thru-hiker needs to plan and complete his or her trek. New to this edition are updated GPS waypoints, maps, and rewritten descriptions for the 28 segments as well as new photographs of spots along the segments.

Each segment has distance, elevation gain, and overview of the segment; a list of trailhead and access points; maps needed; a list of supply points; services and accommodations; detailed trail descriptions; a map, and an elevation gain and loss chart. Additional town maps and mountain bike detour maps (around Wilderness Areas) have been added where applicable.

An extensive introduction include information on planning, supplying, safety, mountain biking, regulations, and backcountry ethics—plus chapters on Colorado Trail heritage, natural history, and geology. At the back of the book you will find a graphic summary of the trail, equipment list, ranger districts with contact information, bibliography and index.

Organized in 1986, THE COLORADO TRAIL FOUNDATION (CTF) and its predecessors, the Colorado Mountain Trails Foundation and The Colorado Mountain Club Trails and Hut Committee, built and now maintain the Colorado Trail by recruiting and training volunteers, and supplying and supporting them as they continue to work on the trail. The CTF is based at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado, and can be contacted at

Book Specs
296 pages, 6 X 9, 120 color photos, 38 maps, paperbound, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-9842213-3-2.

USD $15.00