Colorado Trail m139.9 (sh)
(section: Camp Hale - Tennesee Pass Rd crossing)
Between Camp Hale and the top of Tennessee
Pass, the Colorado Trail stays relatively close to the
Tennessee Pass road. Several access points along the way make
it possible to separate the trail into very short sections.
This shoulder summit combines a short portion of the trail
with a part of the Tennessee Pass road into a loop. For a
bigger view, this section of the Colorado Trail is also
included in the next section: Colorado
Trail m148.8(sh) (section: Camp Hale - Long Gulch).
START-END WEST: Colorado Trail turns left onto FR741C
before entering Camp Hale.
3.(9970ft,mile03) Colorado Trail crosses US24 on its
way to Tennessee Pass. Profile turns down US24.
3.(9260ft,mile06) START-END EAST: jct US24 - southern
access rd to Camp Hale
From East. When coming down from Kokomo
Pass, the Colorado Trail turns off to the south before it
really enters Camp Hale. The turnoff onto FR741C is marked. But
this is one of the few CT junctions that could actually be
missed if you don't look closely. The road leads to the end of a
long Camp Hale housing structure of some sort. Here the CT
crosses a small bridge and heads for an eminently ridable single
track in the trees. This section is not quite as smooth as the
next section on the west side of the Tennessee
Pass Road, but it comes close in places. There is every
indication that this trail has been prepared for bikers, by
placing an occasional small bridge on the route, removing a vew
rocks here and there, and just eliminating totally unridable
sections. As for myself, I still get off the bike now and then.
The trail meanders and rolls along. On the map it looks like a
clean contour above Tennessee Pass. Reality has more ups and
downs. After crossing a dirt road, it remains in sight and ear
shot of Tennessee Pass Road traffic. A simple half split log,
making a bench invites to rest and enjoy the view onto the
nearby road. The highest point on this section is just a few
hundred yard before crossing Tennessee Pass, and about 50ft
above the road.
From West. (described downwards) The
logical thing to do here is to keep climbing on the Colorado
Trail. But to show this point as a shoulder summit, this side
descends Co24 back down to Camp Hale.
Dayrides with this point as intermediate summit:
Mountain s(u), Colorado
: just north of Camp Hale > along
railroad tracks north to Camp Hale > up FR 708 Mc Allister
Gulch > Resolution Mountain s(u) > Fowler Hilliard Hut
> south on FR751 > down FR702 Resolution Creek > Camp
Hale > south on Colorado Trail > Colorado Trail: section
Camp Hale - Tennesee Pass Rd cr(sh) > down Co24 > back
to starting point: 29.8miles with 3830ft of climbing in 4:03
hours (VDO MC1.0 m3:11.8.23 t11_4).