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Colorado Trail to Searle / Kokomo Passes

Distance: 17.5 miles
Rating: More Difficult to Advance
Time: 4-5 Hours
Elevation: 9,877 -12,320 ft.
Type: Out & Back, trail
Season: July – September
GPS Coords:

39.50165655681176,

-106.1418342590332

Know Before You Go: Avoid this trail during early summer when wet sensitive soil can be easily damaged by bikes. It should also be avoided after big rain storms. Anticipate other bikers, hikers and heavy guided equestrian traffic on this popular trail. Expect to yield and use cation around blind corners, especially when descending. Much of this ride is above timberline; be prepared for rapidly changing weather.kokomo pass by unmarth

Parking: Drive west on I-70, taking exit 195 for Copper Mountain. Turn left at Copper Road past the Conoco and the Sewer Waste water Treatment plant to the parking area at the end of the road.

Description: Acess the paved recpath from the parking lot. Immediately after crossing the wooden bridge take a right across the concrete bridge onto the old railroad grade. Follow this for half a mile until it intersects the Colorado Trail. Take a right across the old stock bridge. Follow the Colorado Trail Markers on your left to Hwy 91. Cross Hwy 91 and continue to follow the trail markers to Copper Mountain Village. Continue to follow the Colorado Trail across the face of Copper Mountain until you cross Guller Creek, then bear left. Soon the drainage widens and provides amazing views of Elk Ridge. Climb through a series of switch backs to timberline. The trail curves left above Janet’s Cabin. Switchback upward through the tundra. Remain on the designated trail to avoid damage to the fragile soil. Reach Searle Pass at 6.5 miles after a final rocky pitch (expect to walk). To continue to Kokomo Pass, veer right and traverse upward along Elk Ridge. Several switchbacks bring you to the high point. The ridge ends here since Kokomo Pass is actually below this point.

Return as you came. Please control your speed on this fast descent to avoid skidding and damaging the trail, and anticipate other trail users on blind corners.

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