Well the description on MTBProject.com says "Drive (or ride) approximately 18 miles up Junction Creek Road to the junction with FS 171N. This intersection is well marked with a sign to the Colorado Trail." Well challenge accepted! I had been going a little further up FS 204 (Junction Creek Rd) each week or so, at least up to where the snow hadn't melted yet. Then I put it off another week, as a visitor from Thailand, of all places, came to Durango to ride Kenebec pass, which he was told was still snowed in. Looking at the map, I was not sure which section of the Colorado trail that was on. I did some killer rides up at Hermosa creek in the mean time.
I hit the Forest Service road for a little threshold training at the beginning of the couple hour HC climb. I keep riding up past the upper trail crossing of Log Chutes 2, (last ride this is all I had), gaining 2000 feet in about an hour, past the Animas overlook, ( a common drop into unnamed single track for me). I continued up past Log Chutes 3 and Downhill trail head, past Rand's Point and Cape Horn. I caught a glimpse of Kenebec pass, (as pointed out bu a local I meat on the Extended ridge trail over looking Durango) and if I understood him correctly, it still looked snow locked to me. But I never seemed to get above it and actually started to descend a fair ways to 171,
which climbed a little to the Colorado trail Crossing.
While the Strava file shows mainly a descent (Lower Kenebec, not the pass) for some time it seemed like there was a lot of up and down even before the last brutal climb to high point.
There is a beautiful waterfall about 2 miles down:
Followed by a smaller falls that you rode right along, about 3 miles down:
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