The Colorado Trail is a monster of a trail, but this shouldn’t sway you from bikepacking it. The Colorado Trail is a multi use trail that runs 500 miles (529 by bicycle) from Waterton Canyon in Littleton, Colorado to Durango, Colorado. It holds immense beauty around almost every turn. With an average elevation of over 10,000 feet your lungs and legs will be tested. Bring your rain jacket, you will get caught in afternoon thunder storms.
Your race/tour of the CT will involve you crossing six National Forests, six wilderness areas, eight mountain ranges, and five major river systems. The Colorado Trail Race (CTR) is known as one of the hardest, if not the hardest and most scenic bikepacking routes in the entire United States.
During the 2017 Colorado Trail Race the average amount of H.A.B (Hike-A-Bike) was about 70 miles. That equals 13% of the total distance. If you were to complete the race in seven days, one day of the seven would be HAB! With this in mind be sure you’ve dialed in your set up. More weight on the bike means a heavier push. Even more important, make sure your shoes are comfortable and don’t give you blisters.
Resupply on the Colorado Trail Race is fairly easy except for one section. From Princeton Hot Springs to Silverton its 183 miles. That’s around three days at 60 miles a day. This is probably the hardest section of the entire race. You’ll want to be sure you have extra food. Princeton Hot Springs and Stagestop Store & Saloon have the smallest options for resupply, while the rest are either full service or have adequate supply options.
If singletrack is what you’re looking for, then this is the trail for you. The riding is simply amazing, but know that at race pace you may not be able to enjoy much of it. Touring the route might be a better option.