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The Collegiate Loop 160 Miles Around the Heart of the Colorado

The Collegiate Loop 160 Miles Around the Heart of the Colorado

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Length: 161 miles. Location: In and around Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Trail Type: Loop Scenery: Far-reaching mountain views with lofty alpine ...

The Colorado Trail Data Book contains all pertinent trail information. The Latitude 40 Salida and Buena Vista Trails Map covers the entire route on one map, ...

Since the route is a loop, there are numerous access points. The Databook goes into more trailhead options, but here are the most convenient for the ...

The Collegiate Loop by no means drops under eight,000 ft and climbs to nicely over 12,000 ft on the Collegiate West whereas touring near the Continental ...

Backpacking the Collegiate Loop: That is my firsthand account of finishing the loop in less-than-stellar circumstances with many pictures.

14ers: The Collegiate Loop travels around the densest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in the Lower 48. Several can be easily accessed via well-used ...

Loop hikers can park at access points anywhere along the east or west trail and not have to worry about shuttling vehicles. There are also good resupply ...

Here's a record of assets to assist make a visit on the Collegiate Loop a actuality.

Reliable water is usually available every few miles. The longest stretches without water are near the southern end of the loop on either side ...

The Databook does a good job of listing appropriate sites and water availability near the sites. The Collegiate East travels along a five-mile ...

The Collegiate Loop: 160 Miles Around the Heart of the Colorado Rockies

Since the route is a loop, it can be hiked in either direction from several different starting points. Starting at one of the two trailheads above will ...

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