CDT: Herman's Gulch to Berthoud Pass
ElevationAscent: 5,034' 1,534 m
Descent: -4,018' -1,225 m
High: 13,200' 4,023 m
Low: 10,323' 3,147 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)
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“A well-maintained section of the CDT that rolls along the ridgeline near Jones Pass.”— Cory Linfield
After this trail intersection, it is a short climb to the ridgeline. From here, you have several miles of well-maintained singletrack that mostly follows the ridge, occasionally hugging the side of some of the prominences. For 8 miles, you stay above 12,000 ft, and despite the remoteness, the trail has seen recent maintenance, which makes looking up at the views very tempting. The trail then passes Jones Pass, which gives an option to cut the route short, down the jeep road towards Berthoud Falls.
After the section on the ridgeline, the trail drops to the south of Vasquez Peak, losing elevation. There is another intersection, which gives access to parking at the Henderson Mine trailhead for Jones Pass. Stay high and you'll stay on the trail. At 16 miles, the trail starts climbing steeply up Stanley Mountain, and after gaining the ridge, there are a final 3 miles above 12,000 ft as you arrive at Berthoud Pass.
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