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The Colorado Trail Foundation offers these supported treks on the CT. Participants experience the Trail with guides and the services of the trekking crew. Consider joining us:

  • Hike 4–5 days on The Colorado Trail carrying only your light daypack.
  • Trekking guides lead the way.
  • Your camping gear is transported for you.
  • Arrive at camp to appetizers, cold drinks, comfortable camp chairs, and a hot, wholesome meal made from fresh ingredients prepared by your camp crew.
  • Refresh yourself in a backcountry shower.
  • Space is limited to 12 participants per week and spots fill quickly – don't wait to sign up!

CTF supported treks may be the most enjoyable way to experience The Colorado Trail.  On these multi-day excursions, participants hike the Trail carrying only their daypacks. Camping gear is shuttled to the next camp by the trek staff. All meals are provided and have been characterized as gourmet for the backcountry. Trekkers find it so enjoyable that they often return to experience more of the Trail.

Each summer, The Colorado Trail Foundation offers several week long supported treks. Participants hike 5 days and are treated to some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado. Meals and trekking guides are provided and gear shuttle enables each trekker to travel light. Easier than backpacking with all your equipment, the treks are still rigorous with hiking days averaging around 15 miles.

group of trekkers on the TrailWant to experience multi-day adventure in the Colorado mountains but not excited to carry a heavy backpack? Consider signing up for a CTF Trek. You'll have to train some so that you and your feet will be in good condition. You can bring your own camping gear or make arrangements to rent equipment. Your preparations will be worthwhile and you'll be rewarded with a memorable trip on The Colorado Trail.

*For additional information about 2014 Supported Treks, including fitness requirements, trip dates, and registration information, please visit www.coloradotrailhiking.com.*

South Platte – Section 1
Waterton Canyon to Wellington Lake Road

Moderate Difficulty - Limit 12

Description Miles Elevation
Gain Loss
Meet for week - Jefferson Community Center      
Trailhead to South Platte Canyon
16.8
2160
(250)
South Platte Canyon to FS 550
11.5
2200
(200)
FS 550 to Wellington Lake Rd.
12.2
1520
(620)
Kenosha Pass to Rock Creek; short shuttle; Long Gulch to North Fork Trailhead
15.2
1200
(900)
After breakfast, shuttle back to vehicles      
Highest Elevation Point for Week - 10,880
Lowest Elevation Point for Week - 5,520

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KOKOMO PASS – Section 2
Kenosha Pass to Camp Hale

Moderate Difficulty with 2 Advanced Days - Limit 12

Description Miles Elevation
Gain Loss
Meet for week - Leadville      
Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass
12.5
2520
(600)
Georgia Pass to North Fork of Swan River
7.4
-- 0 --
(1540)
North Fork of Swan River to Highway 9
13.2
1100
(1520)
Highway 9 to Copper Mountain
12.8
3600
(2700)
Copper Mountain to Camp Hale
18.0
2598
(3000)
Disperse      
Highest Elevation Point for Week - 12,440
Lowest Elevation Point for Week - 9,200

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HOLY CROSS – Section 3
Camp Hale to Clear Creek

Moderate Difficulty - Limit 12

Description Miles Elevation
Gain Loss
Meet for week - Leadville      
Camp Hale to Wurtz Ditch
9.3
1100
(200)
Wurtz Ditch to Turquoise Lake
11.1
1200
(1420)
Lake Fork to Half Moon Campground
13.2
2000
(2160)
Half Moon Campground to Twin Lakes
13.0
1000
(1480)
Twin Lakes to Clear Creek/ Disperse (arrive at your vehicle between 3 – 4 pm)
9.0
1100
(840)
Highest Elevation Point for Week - 11,480
Lowest Elevation Point for Week - 9,000

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CHALK CREEK – Section 4
Clear Creek to Marshall Pass

Moderate Difficulty with 1 Advanced Day - Limit 12

Description Miles Elevation
Gain Loss
Meet for week - Poncha Springs      
Clear Creek to North Cottonwood Creek
18.5
4520
(3840)
North Cottonwood Creek to Chafee CR 344
9.6
2500
(3000)
Raspberry Gulch to Chalk Creek
Van Shuttle Chalk Creek to CR 344
CR 344 to CR 322
4.0
--0--
9.0
400
--0--
900
(930)
--0--
(800)
Raspberry Gulch to Goat Wadi
15.0
2500
(680)
Goat Wadi to Marshall Pass – Disperse
16.2
3440
(1680)
Highest Elevation Point for Week - 11,870
Lowest Elevation Point for Week - 8,400  

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COCHETOPA VALLEY – Section 5
Marshall Pass to San Luis Pass

Moderate Difficulty with 1 Advanced Day - Limit 12

Description Miles Elevation
Gain Loss
Meet for week - South Fork      
Marshall Pass to Sargents Mesa
15.2
2040
(1226)
Sargents Mesa to Lujan Creek
20.4
1000
(2367)
Lujan Creek to Saguache Park Road
13.8
1220
(1035)
Saguache Park Road to Eddiesville
13.7
1660
(543)
Eddiesville to San Luis Pass / Disperse: No camping or meals that night. You will arrive at your vehicles by 6:30 pm. Make lodging reservations in South Fork, Colorado
15.5
2960
(1850)
Highest Elevation Point for Week - 12,600
Lowest Elevation Point for Week - 9,340

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CATARACT RIDGE – Section 6
San Luis Pass to Molas Pass

4 Difficult, Advanced Days with 1 Layover Day -
Limit 12

Description Miles Elevation
Gain Loss
Meet for week - Durango      
San Luis Pass Campsite to Spring Creek Pass
17.6
3740
(3642)
Spring Creek Pass to Carson Saddle
17.1
3680
(1560)
Rest Day in Carson Saddle      
Carson Saddle to Stony Pass
15.9
4531
(4359)
Stony Pass to Molas Pass
19.0
4000
(3840)
Disperse      
Highest Elevation Point for Week - 13,240
Lowest Elevation Point for Week - 8,920

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INDIAN TRAIL RIDGE – Section 7
Molas Pass to Durango

Moderate Difficulty with 2 Advanced Days

Description Miles Elevation
Gain Loss
Meet for week - Durango / optional 2.5 mile hike in the evening      
Molas Pass to Bolam Pass
20.2
3120
(2590)
Bolam Pass to Hotel Draw
11.0
1480
(1700)
Hotel Draw to Big Bend Trail
6.3
440
(240)
Big Bend Trail to Fassbinder Gulch Campsite
18.0
1960
(2220)
Fassbinder Gulch Campsite to Durango / Disperse: No camping or meals provided this night. Lodging on your own.
18.0
1080
(4460)
Highest Elevation Point for Week - 12,490
Lowest Elevation Point for Week - 6,960

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Interested?

The information here is just a snapshot. For more details, visit www.coloradotrailhiking.com. There you'll find more about fitness levels, training, and what to expect.

To Sign Up

Visit www.coloradotrailhiking.com.
If you have questions, Trekking Managers, Jeanne and Chris Szczech (pr. Zeck) of Colorado Mountain Expeditions will take
care of you. Contact them at
970-759-8737 or info@coloradotrailhiking.com.

All sections are filled on a first come first serve basis.

Space is limited to 12 hikers per section.

Cost/Refund Policy

Please visit our partner, Colorado Mountain Expeditions, at www.coloradotrailhiking.com for trekking costs and refund policy.

Fond Memories

Trekkers report that they cherish their trekking on The Colorado Trail. Most recommend it highly and view these hiking weeks as some of their favorite life experiences. Please join us.

Trek participant