Sleep In The Dirt

Section 19:

Highway 14 to Dumont Lake Campground

What We Found

The content below contains general information about Big Agnes staff experience while traveling along the CDT through Colorado in the summer of 2018. While we have made an effort to provide you with a valuable trip-planning tool, we cannot offer any assurance that this information is current, complete or even accurate – if you choose to travel this route, do so at your own risk. This section of "trail" is actually the highway itself, and is a high priority for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition to reroute off of pavement. Expect a paved walk on Highway 14 and US 40, until returning to dirt towards Rabbit Ears.

  • distance
    12.8 miles
  • elevation gain
    1,390 feet
  • elevation loss
    364 feet
  • highest point
    9,586 feet
  • wilderness area
    no
  • percent on trail
    15%

"This section is a bit of an oddity compared to other section of the Continental Divide Trail. The first stretch is fully on the highway, and a fairly busy highway at that. We opted to use e-bikes for our portion, which proved to be a fantastic choice. For the first several miles we encountered every type of vehicle imaginable. Once you hit Rabbit Ears Pass (US 40), it’s a steep climb before you finally veer off the highway and head on to the old pass road. This stretch of dirt road finishes off beautifully at the lake." On Trail: August 16th, 2018

Lene Dennis, Key Account and Run Sales, Honey Stinger
Read more about this section of the CDT

Our Itinerary

Southern Access Point:

Hwy. 14 (where trail meets road). Ley Maps CO6

Northern Access Point:

Dumont Lake Campground. Ley Maps CO5

Wilderness Area:

No

What We Experienced: 

You will likely see a few hikers and bikers on this section of trail, but not too many.

The final ascent up to Rabbit Ears is on dirt, but the majority of this section is paved.

Additional Resources: 

Leave No Trace Principles

Guthook Guide – Continental Divide Trail

U.S. Forest Service – Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests

Our Route

Ascent:
1,390 feet

Descent:
364 feet

Grade per Mile:
137 feet

Pro tips:

There is no on-trail water, so be sure to pack enough to last you the entirety of this section until you reach Dumont Lake.

Be cautious of vehicles traveling along the highway.

Road bikes, street-legal dirtbikes, and motorcycles are the best modes of transportation for this section.

 

Skills We Needed

• Map Navigation
• Lightning Safety
• LNT Ethics
• Widow-maker safety

* This site and routes described within contain general information about Big Agnes staff adventures in the backcountry, summer 2018. While we have made an effort to provide you with a valuable trip-planning tool, we cannot offer any assurance that this information is current, complete or even accurate – if you choose to travel these routes, do so at your own risk. Prior to setting out check local weather, trail conditions, closures, legal access points, Forest Service, BLM, or National Park rules and regulations, and other risks involved. We hope to inspire responsible backcountry and public land use, but by using our website you agree to use this information at your own risk.