Colorado Trail Guidebook, 9th Edition


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New for the trail season, this is the most up-to-date, official CT Guidebook.

This book covers the entire Colorado Trail, all 567 miles between Denver and Durango, including Segments 1-28 plus CW01-CW05. This is the first edition that covers both the CT Collegiate East and CT Collegiate West. It helps you plan your CT excursions, can guide you on the trail, and is particularly well-suited to have either in an automobile or at home. It is your official resource for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and bicycling The Colorado Trail.

Maps in this guidebook show near-the-trail roads. Travel directions are also provided for each major trail access point. This road coverage is almost essential for the automobile portions of many excursions, including the car trips done by segment travelers and rendezvous between users and support people.

The 9th Edition CT Guidebook includes…

  • comprehensive chapter for every CT segment (1-28 + CW01-CW05)
    • up to date with all trail reroutes
    • mileage & elevation stats
    • segment overview
    • trailheads, access points, and ACCESS ROAD INFO
    • mile by mile trail description and highlights
    • map of each segment (highlighted CT, milepoints and roads)
    • elevation profile
    • GPS waypoints including segment endpoints (coordinates in UTM)
    • resupply towns info
  • trail reroutes (through 2016)
  • chapters on CT heritage, natural history and geology
  • end-to-end elevation profiles plus Collegiate East and West (helping with snowpack considerations)
  • full-color photos throughout

This guide follows the format established in earlier editions. Each segment chapter provides general information about the segment; trailhead access directions; information about supplies, services and accommodations along the route; a detailed trail description, including stream crossings, water sources and camping spots; and a map, elevation profile and GPS coordinates for numerous points along the Trail.

You’ll find resupply information, equipment checklists, and food and safety recommendations.

There are introductory sections on the heritage, natural history and geology of the CT as well as planning guide for traveling the trail. Also included are new full-color photographs that provide a virtual tour of the trail.

To assist cyclists, this new book includes a description and map of each bicycle detour around the Wilderness areas.

Carried over from previous editions are “Gudy’s Tips;” short bits of advice for each segment by Gudy Gaskill, the “Mother of The Colorado Trail.”

  • 6″ x 9″
  • 336 pages
  • Paperbound


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