Supporting Your CT Support Person

The 2020 season on The Colorado Trail will, for long distance travelers, be different than any other. Covid-19 will increase challenges involving hitchhiking, shuttling, lodging and more. Considering all this carefully has us thinking about a “supported” thru-hike, -bike or -ride where a household member would meet and resupply the trail traveler at road crossings. […]

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Deep snowpack remains on The Colorado Trail.

CT Season Including Coronavirus April 28

The season for long distance travel on The Colorado Trail (July, August and September) is still a bit distant. Because many of you have been planning your CT trip, here is an update. As we’ve become more and more familiar with this information, we try to pass it along to you as best we can. […]

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The famed 28 switchbacks between Elk Creek and the Continental Divide in Segment 24 of The Colorado Trail. Photo Cornelius Friesen

Switchbacks on The Colorado Trail

Recently a distance hiker brought up switchbacks on the CT as well as the relatively gentle Trail grades. Making a comparison with another long trail, he wrote that he liked switchbacks. The subject of switchbacks takes us way back to the very beginning of The Colorado Trail. Foresters and volunteers alike wanted a relatively gentle […]

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Nearing Durango - Success on The Colorado Trail

Training for The Colorado Trail

There’s great value in training for the CT, especially for longer excursions. We have learned this through our own experiences and communicating with many Trail travelers. Training beforehand can prevent injury and improves the chance your CT trip will succeed. Even right now with all the current COVID realities, if you can train, it will […]

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The Colorado Trail in Segment 23 above Silverton. Photo Brian Pierce

Characteristics of The Colorado Trail

  The Colorado Trail (CT) has its own set of characteristics. Some of these will be of particular interest to travelers who’ve already experienced one or more of the other long trails. Because it is common for Appalachian Trail (AT) users to become interested in the CT, let’s focus on these two. Travelers experienced with […]

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Storm Clouds on The Colorado Trail Collegiate West near Cottonwood Pass. Photo Dean Krakel

Looking Forward: The CT Season and Coronavirus

March is turning to April and there are many coronavirus restrictions now in place. The Colorado Trail season – chiefly July, August and September – is still a bit distant. So, what does this all mean for CT distance-trip planners? Here at The Colorado Trail Foundation, we don’t have the answer. But below are some […]

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Segment 27 on The Colorado Trail between Silverton and Durango

Reassessing a CT Distance-Trip given Coronavirus

Here at The Colorado Trail Foundation we’re wanting to share a bit more on thru- or distance-travel planning relative to the Coronavirus situation. Given that the season for The Colorado Trail is primarily July–September and many weeks away considering we’re still in March, we’re finding it hard to know what the realities might be by […]

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Waterton Canyon closure began March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19

Waterton Canyon Closure due to COVID-19

CLOSED. Sadly…WATERTON CANYON IS CLOSED. According to officials with Denver Water, the PARKING AND TRAIL CLOSURE BEGAN WED MARCH 18, 2020. It will remain closed (gated and patrolled) until further notice. REASON. According to CTF supporter Bobbie Hickman’s friend who works for Denver Water, the reason for the closure is that there had been a […]

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CT Segment CW01 south of Twin Lakes in August 2019, thanks to Brian Pierce.

Coronavirus and Summer 2020 on The Colorado Trail

Now in mid-March with such broad impacts of the Coronavirus, what should 2020 Colorado Trail planners be thinking about? Here at the CT Foundation, we are mindful of many virus-related considerations but we are having a hard time forecasting into July, August and September, the heart of the Trail season. Still, here are some thoughts […]

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dog with backpacks

Traveling the CT with a Dog

Quite a percentage of you CT distance travelers are planning the trip with your dog(s). Some dog travelers have a successful CT trip and they complete the Trail with their pooch. The CTF has even delivered some Completion Certificates for dogs and we smile when we think of these wonderful trips with canine friends. At […]

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