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Quick Facts

Colorado Trail- Camp Hale to Kokomo Pass

Beginning Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters) at Camp Hale
Difficulty: Difficult hiking rating
Elevation Gain: 2,822 Feet (879.7 Meters) from Camp Hale to Kokomo Pass
Ending Elevation: 12,022 Feet (3747.5 Meters) at Kokomo Pass
Length: 5.5 Miles (9.17 Kilometers)
Ti Topo Maps: #109 Breckenridge, Tennessee Pass
USGS Maps: Pando; Copper Mountain




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General Description

INTRODUCTION

This trail is located within the site of the historic Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division trained for winter mountainous warfare during World War II. The fourteen thousand men that were trained here fought heroically in the mountains of Northern Italy.

This portion of the Colorado Trail travels generally east from Camp Hale to Kokomo Pass. The trail begins on the right side of Ranch Creek Road (FDR 714)... look for a buck and rail fence. The trail crosses the East Fork Eagle River. The trail parallels the road for 0.6 miles. At 0.8 miles, a bridge crosses Cataract Creek.

Continue on the trail, alpine meadows and old saw mill sites can be accessed.

INTERESTING INFORMATION

Many of today's ski areas were founded by veterans of the 10th Mountain Division who first learned to ski at Camp Hale.

Local guide services are available to learn more about this area.

Directions from Vail: Follow I-70 to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 south, through the town of Minturn, and continue a total distance of 14 miles from the interstate until you reach a valley opening. Look for the first major turnoff on the left (east) side onto a dirt road entering Camp Hale. Follow the road to the immediate right and at .5 miles from Highway 24 take a left at the fork and then a right at the immediate next fork. Follow this road south approximately .5 miles until it curves left (east) and look for the Ranch Creek Jeep Road sign on your right (north). The trailhead is 200-500 feet from the intersection.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Follow I-70 to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 south, through the town of Minturn, and continue a total distance of 14 miles from the interstate until you reach a valley opening. Look for the first major turnoff on the left (east) side onto a dirt road entering Camp Hale. Follow the road to the immediate right and at .5 miles from Highway 24 take a left at the fork and then a right at the immediate next fork. Follow this road south approximately .5 miles until it curves left (east) and look for the Ranch Creek Jeep Road sign on your right (north). The trailhead is 200-500 feet from the intersection

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Early Fall (NOTE: Seasons may vary depending on snow depth and weather) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed till further notice Updated: 2001-06-13 11:27:00.0


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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A group of us actually rode down to the Colorado Trail from 10th Mountain's Jackal Hut. We had to stomp down some meadows to reach it--felt very guilty, so I wouldn't recommend others to do it. Start from Camp Hale as suggested. The trail up to Kokomo is almost all rideable. Only moderately technical with roots and maybe some rocky sections. Wildflowers and mushrooms were fabulous throughout the trail. You'll especially be amazed with the flowers when you reach the alpine meadows near the top. Beware of high altitude. What looks easy will seem a lot harder without oxygen!! We rode thru Kokomo down over to Searle Pass. Phenomenal scenery along the way: flowers, streams, ponds, and brightly colored lichen-covered boulders. Stopped at the top of Searle for lunch with marmots and pikas. Dropped down from Searle on some wonderful singletrack. First section is very technical but it gets easier and FASTER. Finally ended in Copper Mountain where we had arranged for shuttles to pick us up. Riding back down from Kokomo to Camp Hale is very doable and should be very fun. We had other plans tho.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking
Yes



Related Activities
Camp Hale Memorial Campground - The Camp Hale Memorial Campground is located in historic Camp Hale, south of Minturn, at an elevation of 9200 feet. The campground consists of 21 sites and reservations are accepted.

Camp Hale Observation Site - Camp Hale is the historic training site of the 10th Mountain Division, which trained here during W.W.II. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Camp Hale Picnic Ground - The Camp Hale Picnic Ground is located at the Camp Hale Memorial Campground south of Minturn.

East Fork Group Site - East Fork is a group campground site, designed to accommodate large groups. It is located in Camp Hale, south of Minturn.

Ranch Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road - This jeep road south of Minturn, climbs four miles from Camp Hale, to scenic meadows with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Upper Eagle River General Forest Area - The Upper Eagle River General Forest Area includes most of the area from Minturn, south to Tennessee Pass.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Vail Valley Partnership, 100 East Meadow Drive , Vail, CO, 81657, Phone: 800-525-3875, Fax: 970-476-6008, www.visitvailvalley.com

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