Colorado Trail

The Colorado Trail in North America is estimated to be 567 miles (913 kilometers) long, and takes 38 days* to complete when hiking at an average of 15 miles (25 kilometers) per day.

This trail is also referred to as the CT.

It is a linear trail, which means that to do a thru hike, you will have to start and end your hike in different places.

The Colorado Trail has 2 terminuses. Most thruhikers choose to start their hike at the Waterton Canyon Trailhead in Littleton, Colorado, United States and end their hike at the Colorado Trail Trailhead in Durango, Colorado, United States.

A good day of the year to start this hike from the Waterton Canyon Trailhead is July 1.

The Colorado Trail Foundation takes on the task of maintaining, improving, and advocating for the Colorado Trail as its trail association.


NameColorado Trail
Other Name(s)CT
Length567 miles (913 kilometers)
ContinentNorth America
Far Out GuideColorado Trail Map
Trail AssociationColorado Trail Foundation
Terminus AWaterton Canyon Trailhead, Littleton, Colorado, United States
Terminus BColorado Trail Trailhead, Durango, Colorado, United States

Colorado Trail Thru Hike Budget Calculator

Thru Hike Budget Calculator
Calculate how much it will cost to thru hike a trail.
567 / 15 = 38 days to complete the hike
38 days * $35/day = $1330

Estimated Total Budget (USD): $3,330.00

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*This data is estimated and should not be relied upon without further research. It is meant as a starting point for hike planning, not as the only information used to plan your thru hike.