Sleep In The Dirt

Section 22:

North Lake Trailhead to Wyoming Border

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 starts with a tough climb, then a gradual for the next few miles until reaching another steep section. It ends with a constant up-and-down until descending across the Colorado and Wyoming border.

  • distance
    27.9 miles
  • elevation gain
    5,125 feet
  • elevation loss
    4,525 feet
  • highest point
    10,169 feet
  • wilderness area
    no
  • percent on trail
    100%

"Right after the Diamond Fork trailhead sign, get ready for the steepest push. This climb is rocky and will make you hike a bike or wish you were in 1st gear pinned! After that, settle in for a steady but easy uphill journey across beautiful views and intermittent trees. The trail starts near water (North Fork Elk Creek) but also has an awesome creek crossing towards the end of the section. Easy to cross, and a great spot for a break and water refill! Remote area, closest store would be Hahns Peak village." On Trail: August 20th - 21st, 2018

Walter Roberts, Logistics, Big Agnes
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Our Itinerary

Southern Access Point:

North Lake Trailhead Parking Area. Ley Maps CO3

Northern Access Point:

Forest Road 550 in Clark, WY.

Wilderness Area:

No

What We Experienced:

There are steep, rutted drainage climbs in the first few miles, and can be challenging if traveling by motorcycle or bike.

There are a few tough and rocky climbs, and a gradual uphill from there on out.

Tree cover is intermittent, but there are plenty of places to camp or have lunch along this section.

Additional Resources: 

Leave No Trace Principles

Guthook Guide – Continental Divide Trail

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

 

Our Route

Ascent:
5,125 feet

Descent:
4525 feet

Grade per Mile:
184 feet

Pro tips:

Be prepared to make some steep, rocky climbs throughout this section.

There are a few creek crossings that might be running high in early summer.

This section may be challenging for those using motorcycles or bicycles to access.

 

Skills We Needed

• Map Navigation
• 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.