Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,827.00 ft (556.87 m)
Trail type
Shuttle
Distance
10.90 mi (17.54 km)
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Completed in 1987, the Colorado Trail stretches 485 magnificent miles from Denver to Durango. Along the way it meanders through high alpine mountains and valleys, offering a glimpse at some of the finest terrain Colorado has to offer. It traverses eight mountain ranges, six wilderness areas and stays above 10,000’ for the majority of the trail. Highlights include the Collegiate Range, where multiple 14ers are just off trail and can easily be climbed, and the San Juans, where the trail remains above tree line for days at a time and climbs to elevations of over 13,000’. There is also abundant wildlife along the Colorado Trail, ranging in size from small pika and marmot, to bear and moose.

The trail is divided into 28 different segments, each beginning at a trailhead accessible by vehicle. This accessibility is what makes the Colorado Trail special. Day hikers and section hikers can easily find their way to new segments of trail, while thru hikers can still enjoy a wild and rugged four to six week journey. Below is a description for Colorado Trail Segment 26.

 

Colorado Trail Segment 26

Bolam Pass Road to Hotel Draw Road

 

Coming in at just under 11 miles, segment 26 is the shortest segment on the Colorado Trail. Although lacking in distance, segment 26 still provides the spectacular vistas and beautiful trail that you’d expect from any other segment. The trail starts at small Celebration Lake and Bolam Pass Road. If starting from here you’ll need a 4x4 to reach this point. The trail then climbs steadily uphill until it comes to a spectacular meadow area where the views stretch for miles toward distant peaks. The trail then skirts around rocky Hermosa Peak, closely follows a ridgeline, and eventually heads toward Blackhawk Pass. The trail up to the Pass is steep, but only for a short distance. From the top of Blackhawk the views are incredible. 

The trail then descends back into the forest where there are a few good water sources. If you are only section hiking segment 26 water shouldn’t be a concern. But if you are carrying onward into segment 27, be aware that a long waterless stretch lies ahead. On a dry year, Straight Creek may be the last water until Taylor Lake, some 22 miles ahead. Even on a normal year you’ll be faced with a minimum water carry of 14 miles, so be sure to top off here!

The Colorado Trail then continues gently down the last couple of miles until it arrives at Hotel Draw Road. This marks the end of Segment 26 and the beginning of segment 27. Note that a 4x4 vehicle is needed to reach this point.

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Stunning views. Great singletrack for biking.

Cons

4x4 required to access starting/finishing points.

Trailhead Elevation

11,088.00 ft (3,379.62 m)

Highest point

11,986.00 ft (3,653.33 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Big vistas
Big Game Watching
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

Yes

Suitable for

Biking
Horseback

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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