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CT - Segment 22: Spring Creek Pass to Carson Saddle

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The highest elevation segment of the Colorado Trail located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains.


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17.5

Miles

28.2

KM

88%

Runnable

13,234' 4,034 m

High

10,910' 3,325 m

Low

3,565' 1,087 m

Up

2,143' 653 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Runner Notes

Jarosa Mesa has embedded rocks so be careful. The San Juan Solstice follows Segment 22 from Carson Saddle east for roughly 10 miles. The trail is typically only accessible from late-June through September or October due to the elevation.

Description

Segment 22 of the Colorado Trail (CT) is a 17.6-mile segment that stretches from Spring Creek Pass on the eastern side to Carson Saddle to the west. The trail encompasses Jarosa Mesa and the highest point on the entire Colorado Trail (13,271) near Coney Summit. The Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail are concurrent for this segment stretching 17.6 miles. To the east of Segment 22, the CT crosses Snow Mesa and San Luis Pass near 14er San Luis Peak. To the west, the CT goes near Cataract Lake, Stony Pass, and deep into the Weminuche Wilderness Area.

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Ron Davis

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The view from the Friends of the Colorado Trail Yurt which is 1/4 mile north of the mid-point of Segment 22.
Sep 30, 2017 near Lake City, CO
The CT in Segment 22 in early July.
Sep 30, 2017 near Lake City, CO
Colorado Trail high point (elevation 13,271) which is in Segment 22.
Sep 30, 2017 near Lake City, CO
The last week of June near the CT high point in Segment 22.
Sep 30, 2017 near Lake City, CO

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