Kennebec Pass loop - Trail, Durango, Colorado

Kennebec Pass loop - Trail, Durango, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

From Mayday, it's a rugged dirt road, all climbing, then bear left about 10 miles up, onto the way more rugged 4wd road to Kennebec Pass. At the parking area, keep bearing right, trail is marked, probably snowfields on top. You'll hit the Sliderock "trail," a goat path descent thru a dangerous 45 degree talus slope until you pop out on a dirt road. Directly across you'll see Co Trail signs. From here it's about 20 miles to the end of the CT. After you cross the wooden bridge about 5 miles in, set yer mind for some serious climbing for the next hour or so, once that's done, it's pretty much all downhill to pavement on Junction Creek Road, a few miles from town. The loop measures 58 miles from my doorstep in town, and feels longer. Leave early, plenty of dumbass tourists start riding at noon and get to spend a night in the big CO woods. Also take serious rain gear, it can hail and snow on you any month of the year in the high country.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 19, 2009]
benji charleston
Downhiller

as a downhiller i was a bit sceptical. the guys at no hassle bike shop talked me into it, and really made it happen for me. possibly the most epic xc/dh ride of my life. the up is definitely crucious, but the rip into town makes it all worth while. opened my eyes to the possibilities of long travel climb bikes. thanks again to my new friends P.J. and Larry, you guys are the best.

Customer Service

shuttle somehow to the top of kenebec pass, get some before photos and start the short climb through the saddle. this trail has huge rewards for the work you need to put in.

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5
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5
[Jul 22, 2008]
crager34
Weekend Warrior

Did as a group ride and did not do the loop. Caught a ride up to just under the pass. Amazing high country downhill and run the tallus field... it's not that bad. Have good brakes!!! Get down to the bridge and earn the next 10 miles of downhill by hike-a-bike'ing (in sections) uphill for the next 4 miles. Great fun all the way around.

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5
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5
[Aug 04, 2003]
Mark
Cross Country Rider

I rode this for the first time as a solo ride yesterday. I cheated a bit, and got a ride to Hesperus. I have ridden that section of road too many times on my road bike to want to add on to a long mtb ride with 10 miles of climb on a highway. The talus / scree field is not as bad as described - just don't fall. The 4-5 mile climb after the bridge is nasty if you have already put in 6000 feet of climbing that day. This is probably the best wilderness - type ride I have done in the area. A lot of fast root-laced downhill, and unexpected switchbacks. I saw only 3 hikers back near town, and that was it for the whole ride. A great chance to get away from it ALL.

Customer Service

Get a freakin ride to Kennebec Pass. The ride up the dirt road from Hesperus is not fun, but there is some excellent scenery. However when your legs are throbbing, it takes a little away from it. Lots of latrines at the camp grounds - Use them, not the woods.

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5
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5
[Dec 22, 1999]
Robi Pochapin

classic big loop ride. the climbing is all gradual to the top of the pass (6000 feet of gradual..)Then enjoy your much earned 20mi single track into town, it's soo good; superlatives here_________________!!etc.There is alot of water on the trail and road so you don't have to carry a 15lb pack. Beware the wood water bars if it's been raining.

Customer Service

try to follow durangoman's dirt rd option to avoid pavement

Similar Products Used:

halflin canyon loop

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5
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[Jul 06, 2000]
Dave Ortiz

This is a serious 58 miles of riding.
It could qualify for an Eco Challenge
course if they had one here.Did this
route a while back and took a few days
to recover,wow!But it is a rite of passage
for anyone wanting to test their stamina
and ability,especially on the downhill-
damned Sliderock section.Not for beginners
or short distance riders.A trail excursion
where Men are Men,and so are the Women....

Customer Service

Same as described by others.
If time and muscles are short,
an out and back ride up and down
the Laplata Canyon could be accomplished.
But that's cheating.....

Similar Products Used:

Horse Gulch,Haflin Canyon,Colorado Trail(s),

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5
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[Jul 22, 2000]
Jason Dreger

First of all, if you have limited time ( a day or so) I would try to ride this above any other trail in the Durango area.

If you are not a strong rider, not very good at downhills, do not attempt this ride!!! Do Hermosa instead. The climb up the La Plata's is long and hard, and the descent is fast,and dangerous in some areas (Major Scree Field at the top), a sizable climb in the middle and the bottom is rocky and sketchy.

If you are strong and fit, you are in for the finest ride of your life. Once I started descending the Slaterock Trail I couldn't believe my eyes. The scree field was very amazing. If you hesitate once you see it, just get off and walk. If you crash, you crash for a long time...nothing to stop you.

After the scree field, you enter an enchanted forest as if it came from a child's storybook. Please stop and just take some time and eat lunch and look around. Listen to the animals, and rush of roaring water off in the distance. I'm so used to just getting the adrenaline rush out of mtbing that I have totally forgotten to just take it all in. This trail was the reminder I needed. Lots of climbing, but you forget it all because of the epic descending...can you say Disc Brakes.

I rode a lot of trails in Colorado on our vacation last week....Fruita, Moab, Hermosa Creek, Monach Pass to Rainbow Trail, and I would have to say that Kennebec Pass was my all time favorite.

P.S. Monarch Pass to Rainbow Trail is a very very close call to Kennebec Pass. If you like above treeline riding at 11,000 to 12,000 you will like Monarch Pass.

Customer Service

I did not ride this from town like everybody else in this review. Instead I had a buddy drop me off at Mayday, up to Kennebec Pass, down down down down....to Junction Creek Rd. It took 4.45 hrs to do. If you want to ride it follow durangoman's directions, or stop in at Hassle Free Sports, get a map, and ask for Philip. Philip gave great advice on riding in Durango.

Similar Products Used:

Hermosa Creek, Log Chutes, Animas, anything that is legal in Durango will make you smile.

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5
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[Mar 29, 2001]
Steve F.

I rode this trail in late summer but was untouched by the frequent thunderstorms in the area. This trail is one of the most epic rides I have ever done. I started at my hotel next to the Durango train station and by my calculations it was approx. a elevation gain of 5600ft.

Due to the abundant rain during that year, I took an alternate route down. After passing trough the scree field and coming to the road, I continued on the road instead of the trail. This route is much easier, so I was bummed that I didn't ride the entire trail but when my computer read 56 miles at the end of the day I didn't complain. Having the option to take the easier way out was a comfort. I ridden many of the trails in the Durango area. Some are well known and others are not, but this is truly the most scenic and grueling ride I have ever done. Hope to do it again this summer. I rode this trail by myself but I wouldn't recommend that to anyone.
Happy riding and remember "Keep the Rubber side down"

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5
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[Feb 08, 2002]
Erik

This trail is the greatest. The downhill after climbing for about 20 miles on dirt road is one of the best I have done. The downhill through the scree is fun and could be deadly if you are not paying attention! The climb out of the Colorado trail is brutal to say the least because you already have so many miles on your legs. Take the CO trail to Hoffheins connection and back to durango. The Colorado trail is so well maintained, it's like heaven riding it. Enjoy!

Customer Service

Go up to Kennebec pass on the dirt road (forever) and down Sliderock trail/colorado trail.

Similar Products Used:

Molas Pass to Engineer mountain trail, Molas to anywhere.

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5
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[Jul 29, 2002]
Dr. Rearrango

The 4 of us did the whole blue plate enchilada from Durango- about 55 miles. A true epic! From the grunt up to Kennebec and down the well-signed CT, it was an incredible ride! My GPS logged almost 8000' of climbing!

The 14 mile climb from Hesperus to Kennebec Pass was long & grueling, especially the final 2 miles. The scree field descent was way cool- a narrow track with mondo-exposure funneling into the ponderosa forest.

The rest of the CT is is primo single track. The grasses and weeds were really grown over on portions of the trail. The middle climb after the bridge is quite the shock to the legs after all that descending, but you are then rewarded with another supreme forested singletrack to Junction Creek Trailhead.

I recommend this ride for strong adventurers who are willing to be "out there" for 7hrs. Only 2 hikers were seen the whole way on Saturday in July! When we finally near the Junction Creek Road did we see other riders. Bring lots o' water or a filter setup.

This was the best epic ride I've done. 20+ miles of singletrack! I can't believe how challenging and fun this ride was!!!!

Customer Service

Kennebec Pass Road to Colorado Trail.
The same one that everyone else recommended.

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5
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[Jul 31, 2002]
Raoul

This is a BIG day of riding. As Dr. Rearrango says bring plenty o'water - I had 150 oz. and I was a bit light. This ride, as a full loop, is not for the faint of heart due to the amount of climbing, the gripping descent through the talus slope, and the obvious fatigue factor in the last 10-15 miles. Do not attempt this ride unless you're FIT. If you are, however, you will be rewarded with one of the best days on a bike imaginable. This ride has it all from cruiser highway warm-up, lung-searing climbing to the top of the pass (the last 2 miles were on 4WD road - very steep and rocky, but until then not bad really), technical descending, and buff singletrack (and lots of it).

If that's not enough, the scenery is spectacular and will make you forget (somewhat) about your tired legs. The trail is excellent, well-marked, and surprisingly vacant. I would say this ride is a "must" if you plan on several days of riding in the Durango area. Do it!

Customer Service

as described above by DurangoMan

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5
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