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Colorado Trail- Searle Pass

Average Rating:    (4.53 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

Pedal west up the paved path past the horse corrals, which is part of the Breck to Vail bike trail. Approximately 1 mile up turn left across the wooden bridge at the Colorado Trail sign. At first it is fairly rocky, but almost always rideable. The trail climbs into a beautiful hanging valley, skirting around the western side. A fair number of ghost mining shacks are scattered about. Beavers have reclaimed the area now. From down in this valley you can see the Searle Pass saddle directly south well above the tree line. As the trail climbs to the pass, it eventually switches back and forth to the west and then around to the south. Once in the tundra the exposed trail gets fairly rocky and steep. I ended up hiking most of the last quarter mile to the top. At this point you are only about 6 or 7 miles in. You can either turn around from whence you came, or continue south along the Colorado trail as it continues on for another couple miles at a fairly level pace. At 12,000 ft elevation you feel every change in grade. You can continue on up around the corner to Kokomo Pass at about 10 or 12 miles in. You can see some of the monster mineworks up toward Leadville. A super long ride would continue all the way to Tennessee Pass, but you'd be guaranteed a 40-50 mile ride, much of it damn high and exhausting. My excuse for not continuing was a thunderstorm which sent me scurrying back down the mountain.
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Latitude
39.50165655681176
Longitude
-106.1418342590332
Trail Directions
From Denver drive approx 80 miles west on I-70. Exit 195 at Copper Mtn. Turn right at Copper road and follow through the resort. Turn right onto Beeler Place and park at the lot.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Copper Mountain Resort
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Review Date
September 24, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jimmy James ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Overall, this is not one of the best parts of the Colorado Trail in the area. Felt like a horse trail which I suppose it is with the Copper Mtn stables at the base. Rocky, slow and way too much up and down making for a lot of uphill on the return. The scenary however is amazing once you get up to mile 5 or so.

Recommended Route:
Park at Copper Mtn free parking in the heart of the resort. Trail starts between the Flyer and Eagle lifts, the only obvious trail heading up. At 0.75 miles look for the CT marker and follow, very clearly marked from there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tiger Rd to North Fork of the Swan to the Colorado Trail for a loop back. Park at Gold Hill. Many other better rides in the area, look at MTBreview.com for other suggestions.



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Review Date
July 29, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: freerideco ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Very nice out-and-back singletrack. I started at the parking lot near the Conoco in town, per directions from local guide book written by Holly Annala. From there it is 11.2 miles to Searle Pass. The first 1.5 miles is a nice gradual climb, good for a warm-up. After you cross Hwy 91 and pass the village, the real climb begins. If you're in good shape, most of the trail is climbable which makes this an excellent ride. The last mile is above treeline. It gets pretty steep near the top, but probably just the last 1/4 mile or so. The views of the Gore and Ten Mile Ranges are great. The start of the descent is a bit technical but nothing crazy. Once below treeline you have plenty of loamy singletrack through the pines mixed with brown-ribbon singletrack through the Guller Creek Valley. A few short climbs on the way back to test your endurance. Overall, this is an excellent trail. Nearly all singletrack, climbable, great views, and a good mix of twisty and high speed singletrack. Good dirt the whole way. Check the radar and start early. This route took me 5 hours. Starting at the village should take about 4 hours round-trip.

Recommended Route:
Unless you need a warm-up for a 20 mile trail, I recommend starting at the village. The trail from Wheeler Flats TH to the village is ok, but it is definitely the weak link on this trail as a whole. Start at the village and go all the way to the pass, it's worth it!



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Review Date
August 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: teammc1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is about all I can say, coming from Nebraska...this trail was hard. The day before, we rode the CO trail at Keystone. Remember, we're from 1500+ ft, not this 9000 stuff. We started at the stables, and went up an access road to Copper, then on to the CO trail. From there, it was up, up, and a little up. Our ascent took us up the ski slopes, behind some cabin, then to Searle Pass. We thought about going down to Kokomo, but another guy said that the trail pretty much sucked on that side of Searle. So, being the tired-assed flatlanders that we are, we went down the way we came up. My only complaint about the trail is that it's pretty narrow. Nothing eventful happened either up or down, so I liked the work that I got.

Recommended Route:
Go up, then turn, and come down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
From out of town...don't know too many.



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Review Date
August 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: singletrackusa ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
TRAIL HAS BEEN REROUTED!

I discovered this last weekend and it was a pain in the a$$ to figure out the new route. The trail now starts at the horse camp on Copper Mountain about a mile up the main access road leading up from the main village. Look for the CO Trail marker on the white rock by the road just past the camp/cookout spot.

Once you find the reroute, its really sweet, twisty singletrack that dumps you out on the old trail after several miles. Then follow the trail up as usual.

I asked about the reroute in 3 shops at the base and none of those yahoos know where it was. Hey dillhole! Its the best trail at Copper. Clueless.

Recommended Route:
As stated above



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Review Date
October 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Chris , from Denver

Summary:
This trail has it all. Technical rocky sections, stream crossings, deep forest (ala Oregen style), moss covered roots, high alpine meadows, above tree line breathtaking views. Its high altitude so be prepared. Also bring extra gear...the weather changes any moment.

Recommended Route:
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