Almost every section of the Colorado Trail has great mountain biking. The section traversing the flanks of Mount Princeton is a quick section that I sometimes do on the way to or from Denver. While I describe it as a loop with the flat roads in the Arkansas valley, this trail would probably work as an out and back as well, although the first section would have some hike-a-bike going up from Cottonwood Creek.
Brittany and I started just off of Cottonwood pass road, and headed out towards the south end of the trail near the Frontier Ranch.
The leaves are getting close to peak color:
Mt. Princeton. We rode along its flanks from left to right on the CO trail:
Mt. Antero, the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, and the Chalk Cliffs:
The trail reminds me a little of the Rainbow trail section of the “Monarch Crest” ride. Lots of little gullies and whoop-de-do’s and the occasional rock garden.
Yet another 14er, Yale, can be seen through the trees in this photo:
That’s about it, we’re really digging the fall riding with all the colors. Looks like it should stop snowing and warm back up next weekend, so things may just be perfect.
For more trail information please see Frontier Ranch on our Crested Butte Mountain Biking Guide.
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