Tucked away in Durango, Colorado, this point-to-point segment of the Colorado Trail, commonly known as the High Point, offers the full gamut of riding experiences. From the exhilarating descents to the grueling climbs and breathtaking scenery, it encapsulates everything that makes mountain biking in Colorado legendary.
The trail starts at the top of the La Plata Mountains on a rocky ridge above the tree line. It offers a solid 15 miles of downhill through a variety of terrains including wildflowers and pine forests. However, be prepared for a humbling experience around the 7-mile mark, where a long and challenging climb awaits. This stretch serves as a gut check, separating the casual riders from the truly committed.
With around 6000 feet of descent, the technical riding near creekside is juxtaposed against more open, above tree-line trails. Cyclists have noted the ascents as "heinous" but also confirmed that the long, technical, and fast descents are absolutely worth it.
The trail is well-maintained and includes some really fast, mildly technical sections. Gudy's Rest provides a panoramic overlook back towards Durango after negotiating a mile-and-a-half of switchbacks. The last segment of the trail makes for an unforgettable ride with about 2.5 miles left to the fire road, offering a rollercoaster of emotions and terrain.
From Durango, drive west on US 160, and turn right on Co Rd 124 just past Hesperus. Co Rd 124 leads to Kennebec Pass, where your epic ride commences. This rugged jeep road requires some pre-ride preparation; consider hiring a shuttle, as it's a long one.
Touted as one of the most "epic" trails in the area, this ride offers great versatility in terms of both scenery and difficulty. For those who are up for the challenge, the High Point ride provides a rugged, authentic Colorado biking experience that leaves riders yearning for more.