The loop is part of the Colorado Trail, around the Collegiate Peaks in the Rockies. The best starting point for any description is the website of the Colorado Trail Foundation. It is approximately 160 miles with over 37,000 ft. in elevation change, and is divided into the East side (Collegiate East or CE), and the West side (Collegiate West or CW), which shares the trail with the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) which stretches from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.
Samuel and I completed the Collegiate Loop in July 2021. We had been looking for the next progressive “challenge”, and this was perfect. Read the links below for our story.
My 16-year-old son Samuel and I completed this loop over 11 nights/12Continue reading “Reflections on the Collegiate Loop”
This is the first of the daily journals from the Collegiate LoopContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 1 – Monarch Crest to Fooses Creek”
Day 2 felt good. We’d approached the first day carefully, wanting toContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 2 – Fooses Creek to Browns Creek”
Day 3 ended up being a key decision day for the YaleContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 3 – Browns Creek to Cottonwood Creek”
We had agreed that the plan was Yale for day 5, soContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 4 – Cottonwood Creek to Yale Saddle”
While not part of the loop, this side trip was a highlight.Continue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 5 – Yale Side Trip”
After the side trip up Yale, the rest of the day wasContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 5 – Yale Saddle to Harvard Lakes”
We knew we had to hike over 24 miles in the nextContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 6 – Harvard Lakes to Cache Creek”
It had been a rainy evening. While we were dry inside theContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 7 – Cache Creek to Interlaken Trailhead”
It had been great spending some time with Paul (and enjoying theContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 8 -Willis Gulch to Apostle Trail Junction”
Today was about Lake Ann pass and getting ourselves staged for theContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 9 – Apostle Trail Junction to Cottonwood Pass”
The night wasn’t as bad as it could have been. It stayedContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 10 – Cottonwood Pass to North Fork Chalk Creek”
With CW03 behind us, the biggest challenge had been accomplished. This dayContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 11 – North Fork Chalk Creek to Hunt Lake”
Our last day of the loop. The weather was kind, but anContinue reading “Collegiate Loop Day 12 – Hunt Lake to Monarch Crest”
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