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Colorado Trail Data Book

Section 1-7, Mile 0.0 to 114.8

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Section Overview
Mileage
Start Mile:0.0
End Mile:114.8
Distance:114.8
Elevation
Start Elevation:5498
End Elevation:9839
Min Elevation:5495
Avg Elevation:9560
Max Elevation:12496
Elevation Gain (approximate):20582
Elevation Loss (approximate):-16317
Net Elevation Change:4341
Roads
Primary/Secondary roads crossed: 31
State highways crossed: 5
County roads crossed: 7
US highways crossed: 1
Total roads crossed: 44
Popular Resupply
MileElevDFTName
24.5 7618 3.2 Buffalo Creek
37.1 8274 8 Bailey
68.6 9993 4.5 Jefferson
101.0 9202 4 Breckenridge
DFT is straight line distance from trail departure point.
Climate
°F Mean Prc SWE %Cov Max
Jan 45/-1 18 2.6 - - -
Feb 47/-1 20 2.4 - - -
Mar 52/2 24 3.1 - - -
Apr 61/10 32 3.0 - - -
May 70/21 42 2.6 - - -
Jun 80/30 51 2.0 - - -
Jul 87/36 57 3.1 - - -
Aug 84/34 55 3.0 - - -
Sep 76/28 48 2.1 - - -
Oct 66/19 38 1.9 - - -
Nov 53/8 26 2.5 - - -
Dec 45/1 19 2.8 - - -
Min temp is minimum average low and high temp is maximum average high in section. Does not account for 'heat waves' or 'cold spells', may alter temp by 10-15° or more. Precip is not snow, SWE is 'Snow Water Equivalence' in inches, MAX is max SWE. Cover is average monthly percent of snow cover. No snow data for Aug, Sep, Oct. Snow data begins Nov 2003.
Section Elevation Range
RangeMiles%
5000-60006.55.7
6000-70007.56.6
7000-800020.117.5
8000-90004.23.6
9000-1000019.917.4
10000-1100042.136.7
11000-1200011.810.3
12000-130002.62.3
Named Lakes/Wetlands/Glaciers
Name Mile DFT Acres Trail
Elev
Water
Elev
Within a quarter mile of trail. DFT is distance from trail in feet. Mile is closest trail mile to lake, not necessarily the best access. Acres is the area of the lake.
Named Drainages
MileElevName
0.0 5498 Platte Canyon Ditch
1.0 5525 Denver Municipal Aqueduct
1.2 5516 South Platte River
1.3 5515 South Platte River
1.4 5530 South Platte River
2.1 5536 South Platte River
2.5 5592 South Platte River
2.6 5595 South Platte River
3.8 5615 South Platte River
3.9 5639 South Platte River
4.0 5627 South Platte River
4.3 5652 South Platte River
4.4 5653 South Platte River
4.6 5692 South Platte River
6.3 5848 Aurora Rampart Tunnel Number 2
8.4 6156 Bear Creek
8.4 6169 West Bear Creek
9.1 6685 West Bear Creek
9.2 6670 West Bear Creek
9.5 6885 West Bear Creek
15.2 6102 South Platte River
28.5 7720 Morrison Creek
30.6 7772 Tramway Creek
32.9 7376 Buffalo Creek
61.0 9539 Rock Creek
71.5 9882 Guernsey Creek
74.5 9973 Jefferson Creek
85.2 10190 Middle Fork Swan River
87.5 9917 North Fork Swan River
87.7 9960 North Fork Swan River
94.8 9960 Soda Creek
100.6 9196 Swan River
101.2 9189 Blue River
106.3 10570 Miners Creek
107.5 11282 Miners Creek
114.4 9760 Tenmile Creek
Section Land Cover
TypeMiles%
evergreen73.6664.16
grassland/herbaceous14.8812.96
diciduous9.598.35
shrub/scrub7.846.83
woody wetlands5.314.63
barren1.381.20
mixed0.840.73
developed; open space0.700.61
developed; low intensity0.250.22
developed; medium intensity0.230.20
perennial ice/snow0.110.09
open water0.020.01
Section Tree Cover
TypeMiles%
Ponderosa pine 26.2022.83
Engelmann spruce 26.1722.79
Lodgepole pine 19.3016.81
Aspen 14.5712.70
No tree cover12.3310.74
Douglas-fir 9.228.04
Engelmann spruce-subalpine fir 3.312.88
Pinyon juniper woodland 2.502.18
White fir 0.860.75
Blue spruce 0.340.29
Fire Perimeters
YearNameMiles%
2017 Peak 2 0.45 0.40
2015 Snyder Creek 2 0.12 0.11
Public/Physical Boundary
TypeNameMiles%
Wilderness Lost Creek Wilderness 12.8 11.1
Forest Pike And San Isabel National Forests 76.2 66.4
Forest White River National Forest 36.1 31.5
State Colorado 114.8 100.0
County Douglas 11.2 9.7
County Jefferson 25.3 22.0
County Park 42.2 36.8
County Summit 36.1 31.5
Basin Missouri Region 78.7 68.5
Basin Upper Colorado Region 36.1 31.5
Physiographic Rocky Mountain System 114.8 100.0
Geology
AgeTypeMiles%
Early Proterozoic Biotite gneiss; Schist 53.0 46.2
Middle Proterozoic Granite; Granodiorite 24.2 21.1
Early Proterozoic Felsic gneiss; Mafic gneiss 13.7 11.9
Tertiary-Cretaceous Granitoid; 8.2 7.1
Early Proterozoic Granite; Granodiorite 3.0 2.6
Cretaceous-Jurassic Sandstone; Mudstone 2.7 2.3
Quaternary Glacial drift; 2.0 1.8
Tertiary Gravel; 1.9 1.7
Cretaceous Shale; 1.8 1.6
Tertiary Andesite; Tuff 1.7 1.5
Cretaceous Shale; Limestone 1.3 1.2
Quaternary Gravel; Alluvium 0.7 0.6
Quaternary Alluvium; 0.6 0.5
Road Crossings
MileElevTypeName
0.1 5508 Pri/Sec S Platte Canyon Rd
1.5 5526 Pri/Sec S Platte River Rd
4.7 5703 Pri/Sec Waterton Rd
5.7 5815 Pri/Sec N Platte River Rd
15.1 6105 County Co Rd 97
16.7 6706 Pri/Sec Short Rd
17.1 6729 Pri/Sec Raleigh Peak Rd
24.1 7517 State State Hwy 538
24.6 7637 Pri/Sec Spring Creek Trl
24.7 7656 Pri/Sec Spring Creek Rd
24.8 7669 County Co Rd 126
26.5 7824 State State Hwy 550
33.0 7398 State State Hwy 543
37.1 8274 County Co Rd 68
53.1 10315 County Co Rd 39
61.2 9613 Pri/Sec Rock Creek Rd
61.6 9738 Pri/Sec Rock Creek Rd
68.4 10028 County Co Rd 872
68.6 9992 US US Hwy 285
74.4 9994 County Co Rd 37
80.2 11812 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
83.3 11118 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
85.2 10190 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
85.2 10200 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
87.8 9973 County Co Rd 354
87.8 9973 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
89.9 11013 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
92.5 10839 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
94.4 10026 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
100.5 9186 Pri/Sec Pelican Cir
100.6 9192 Pri/Sec Revette Dr
101.0 9199 State State Hwy 9
101.3 9199 Pri/Sec Bike Path
101.3 9199 Pri/Sec Gateway Rd
104.0 10167 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
104.5 9947 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
104.6 9963 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
104.6 9977 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
104.7 10016 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
104.9 10019 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
104.9 10019 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
112.1 11259 Pri/Sec Wheeler Trl
112.2 11220 Pri/Sec Colorado Trl
114.8 9822 State State Hwy 91
Passes/Gaps
NameElevMile
Kenosha Pass 9980 68.6
Lightning Strikes
AvgMax
Jan 1 1
Feb 2 3
Mar 1 3
Apr 4 26
May 4 16
Jun 8 59
Jul 12 89
Aug 9 45
Sep 3 14
Oct 2 10
Nov 1 1
Near trail lightning strikes
Shelters
NameElevMile
Waypoint Detail
Desc Mile DTN DTP NW Elev LPL HPL Comment
Platte Canyon Ditch
Jefferson 0.0 0.1 0.0 5498 5498 5498
Lake/pond/tank
Waterton TH
S Platte Canyon Rd 0.1 0.1 0.1 5508 5495 5507
Lake/pond/tank 0.2 0.8 0.1 5515 5508 5521
Denver Municipal Aqueduct 1.0 0.2 0.0 5524 5524 5528
Platte Canyon
South Platte River 1.2 0.0 0.2 5515 5516 5557
Douglas
South Platte River 1.3 0.1 0.1 5515 5515 5516
South Platte River 1.4 0.1 0.1 5531 5515 5541
S Platte River Rd 1.5 0.6 0.1 5524 5515 5530
South Platte River 2.1 0.2 0.6 5538 5518 5636
Cottonwood Gulch 2.3 0.2 0.2 5629 5534 5616
South Platte River
Pike and San Isabel National Forests 2.5 0.0 0.2 5603 5570 5629
South Platte River 2.6 1.2 0.1 5597 5590 5597
South Platte River 3.8 0.1 1.2 5616 5583 5679
South Platte River 3.9 0.1 0.1 5639 5610 5639
South Platte River 4.0 0.3 0.1 5626 5626 5639
South Platte River 4.3 0.1 0.3 5652 5627 5715
South Platte River 4.4 0.2 0.1 5652 5652 5675
South Platte River 4.6 0.1 0.2 5692 5649 5692
Waterton Rd 4.7 1.0 0.1 5702 5692 5708
N Platte River Rd 5.7 0.6 1.0 5816 5702 5813
Aurora Rampart Tunnel Number 2 6.3 0.1 0.6 5849 5777 5849
Stevens Gulch 6.4 2.0 0.1 5882 5846 5876
Bear Creek
West Bear Creek 8.4 0.0 2.0 6167 6156 6166
West Bear Creek 9.1 0.1 0.7 6686 6169 6712
West Bear Creek 9.2 0.3 0.1 6669 6672 6685
West Bear Creek 9.5 5.6 0.3 6886 6666 6879
Platte River Rd
S Platte 15.1 0.1 0.0 6102 6105 6105
South Platte River 15.2 1.5 0.1 6102 6095 6102
Short Rd 16.7 0.4 1.5 6706 6095 6706
Raleigh Peak Rd 17.1 7.0 0.4 6729 6679 6797
State Hwy 538 24.1 0.4 7.0 7516 6725 7775
Buffalo Creek
FS Rd 550 TH 24.5 0.1 0.0 7621 7618 7620
Spring Creek Trl 24.6 0.1 0.1 7637 7620 7637
Spring Creek Rd 24.7 0.1 0.1 7657 7637 7656
Deckers Rd 24.8 1.7 0.1 7670
Redskin Creek Rd 26.5 0.6 1.7 7824
Jefferson 27.1 1.4 0.6 7814 7805 7883
Morrison Creek 28.5 2.1 1.4 7719 7654 7814
Tramway Creek 30.6 2.3 2.1 7772 7716 8038
Buffalo Creek 32.9 0.1 2.3 7375 7372 7775
S Buffalo Creek Rd 33.0 3.9 0.1 7398 7376 7398
Park 36.9 0.2 3.9 8264 7398 8262
Bailey
Wellington Lake Rd 37.1 1.8 0.0 8274 8264 8297
FS Rd 543
Lost Creek Wilderness 38.9 14.2 1.8 9005 8267 9005
Lost Park Rd 53.1 0.5 14.2 10314 9005 10918
FS Rd 817 53.6 2.9 0.5 10170 10171 10315
Black Canyon 56.5 4.5 2.9 10383 10170 10515
Rock Creek 61.0 0.0 4.5 9537 9539 10410
Lake/pond/tank
Lake/pond/tank
Rock Creek Rd 61.2 0.4 0.2 9612 9537 9616
Rock Creek Rd 61.6 0.5 0.4 9737 9603 9753
Johnson Gulch 62.1 2.3 0.5 9534 9534 9738
2015 Snyder Creek 2 Fire 64.4 1.1 2.3 9940 9511 10075
Pike and San Isabel National Forests 65.5 0.0 1.1 10551 9937 10551
Park
Co Rd 872 68.4 0.2 2.9 10029 10028 10028
Jefferson
US Hwy 285
Kenosha Pass 68.6 0.0 0.2 9980 9981 10028
Kenosha Pass
Guernsey Creek 71.5 1.5 2.9 9881 9882 10374
Deadman Gulch 73.0 1.4 1.5 10167 9842 10165
Co Rd 37 74.4 0.1 1.4 9993 9994 10203
Jefferson Creek 74.5 5.6 0.1 9973 9973 9994
White River National Forest 80.1 0.2 0.0 11863 11864 11865
Summit
Colorado Trl 80.3 3.0 0.2 11791 11792 11864
Colorado Trl 83.3 1.9 3.0 11118 11118 11807
Colorado Trl
Colorado Trl
Middle Fork Swan River 85.2 0.0 1.9 10190
Missouri Gulch
Colorado Trl 86.3 1.2 1.1 10039 10045 10209
North Fork Swan River 87.5 0.2 1.2 9917 9898 10042
North Fork Swan River 87.7 0.1 0.2 9960 9917 9960
Co Rd 354 87.8 0.0 0.1 9973 9960 9973
Colorado Trl
Colorado Trl 89.9 0.6 2.1 11013 9960 11007
Colorado Trl 90.5 2.0 0.6 11171 11013 11184
Colorado Trl 92.5 1.4 2.0 10839 10816 11181
Colorado Trl 93.9 0.5 1.4 10334 10334 10839
Colorado Trl 94.4 0.4 0.5 10026 10026 10334
Soda Creek 94.8 1.3 0.4 9960 9950 10049
Colorado Trl 96.1 1.1 1.3 9862 9862 10167
Horseshoe Gulch 97.2 0.2 1.1 9448 9442 9862
Lake/pond/tank 97.4 0.1 0.2 9498 9448 9498
Lake/pond/tank 97.5 0.6 0.1 9484 9484 9498
Colorado Trl 98.1 2.4 0.6 9724 9468 9724
Pelican Cir 100.5 0.1 2.4 9186 9186 9790
Revette Dr
Swan River
Lake/pond/tank 100.6 0.0 0.1 9189 9186 9189
Revette Dr 100.9 0.1 0.3 9196 9196 9229
Breckenridge
State Hwy 9 101.0 0.0 0.1 9199 9199 9199
Blue River 101.2 0.1 0.2 9189 9189 9202
Sherwood Trail Rd 101.3 0.0 0.1 9199 9189 9202
Bike Path
Goldhill TH
Colorado Trl 104.0 0.5 2.7 10167 9196 10291
Colorado Trl 104.5 0.1 0.0 9947 9947 10167
Lake/pond/tank
Colorado Trl
Colorado Trl
Lake/pond/tank 104.6 0.0 0.1 9960 9960 9963
Lake/pond/tank
Colorado Trl 104.7 0.2 0.1 10016 10000 10022
Colorado Trl 104.9 1.4 0.0 10019 10013 10019
Colorado Trl
Miners Creek 106.3 0.7 1.4 10570 10019 10577
Colorado Trl 107.0 0.5 0.7 11099 10570 11099
Miners Creek 107.5 4.6 0.5 11282 11099 11282
Wheeler Trl 112.1 0.1 4.6 11259 11243 12496
Colorado Trl 112.2 2.2 0.1 11220 11197 11259
Tenmile Creek 114.4 0.4 2.2 9760 9760 11220
State Hwy 91 114.8 0.0 9822 9816 9822
Hwy 91
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