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Recent CT Reroutes

Reroutes to The Colorado Trail are common. Short reroutes are constructed nearly every season and lengthier route modifications every few years.

First connected end-to-end in 1987, the CTF and volunteers established the CT across the Colorado Rocky Mountains. As is common in trail development, some sections followed the 'path of least resistance.' For example, the original alignment followed some Forest and jeep roads as well as older trails established by miners and cowboys. A goal was set to improve the Trail route each year, moving away from roads and rerouting steep, unsustainable sections.

While only a part of the volunteer trail-maintenance effort, reroutes established over the years have greatly improved The Colorado Trail. There are fewer 'road' miles now and more gentle-grade tread.

A consequence of these reroutes is that old guidebooks no longer describe the current Trail route. It is helpful for CT users to know this. Most users will be best served by acquiring the latest edition of each: Guidebook, Databook and Map Book.

Here are just some of the RECENT CT REROUTES:

Officially in 2012, taking effect in the 2013 trail season, we added 80 miles of trail to the CT known as the Collegiate West. It is co-located with the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and is 'must see' spectacular. To read more about the Collegiate West, click here.

In 2014, major reroutes opened on the Collegiate West, including the most prominent, a 23-mile single-track upgrade that eliminates similar mileage on roads and motorcycle trail. The part from Cottonwood Pass to Tincup Pass Road closely tracks the Divide and includes trail construction that causes nearly every hiker to marvel.

In coming years, the CTF, USFS and others will be constructing trail on additional stretches of the Collegiate West to reroute sections that still follow roads and motorcycle trail.