Official CT Guidebook, 8th Edition

Guidebook of The Colorado Trail Foundation
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OUT OF STOCK and OBSOLETE NOTICE: We no longer offer the CT Guidebook 8th Edition at the CT Store and we consider it obsolete due to the significant changes made in The Colorado Trail since the 8th Edition was published, as well as many many corrections and edits that were made in the new book.

NEW 9TH EDITION CT GUIDEBOOKS ARE AVAILABLE: The official CT Guidebook has been completely revised for the 2016 trail season. The new, 9th Edition CT Guidebooks are printed and available here at the CT Store. They're available on a separate CT Store page with careful description indicating the changes relative to the 8th Edition. We hope this helps.

The Colorado Trail Guidebook, 8th Edition

Through the 2015 trail season, this remains the most up-to-date, official CT Guidebook.  Published 2011.

This book covers The Colorado Trail, Segments 1-28, all 486 miles from Denver to Durango, and much more.*  It helps you plan your CT excursions and can guide you on the trail.  It is your official resource for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and bicycling The Colorado Trail.

Collegiate West NOTE: CT Guidebook 8 predates and does not include the CT Collegiate West alternative added for the 2013 trail season.

This book is a must for planning a CT trip.  Nearly every consideration particular to The Colorado Trail is covered.

Maps in this guidebook show near-the-trail roads.  Travel directions are also provided for each major trail access point.  This road coverage is almost essential for the automobile portions of many excursions, including the car trips done by segment travelers and rendezvous between users and support people.

The 8th Edition CT Guidebook includes...

  • comprehensive chapter for each segment (1-28)
    • mileage & elevation stats
    • segment overview
    • trailhead & access points
    • mile by mile trail description and highlights
    • MAP OF EACH SEGMENT (highlighted CT, milepoints and roads)
    • elevation profile
    • GPS waypoints including segment endpoints (coordinates in UTM)
    • resupply towns info
  • trail reroutes (≤2011)
  • chapters on CT heritage, natural history and geology
  • end-to-end elevation profile (big picture help incl. snowpack considerations)
  • full-color photos throughout

This guide follows the format established in earlier editions covering the trail's original 28 segments.  Each segment chapter provides general information about the segment; trailhead access directions; information about supplies, services and accommodations along the route; a detailed trail description, including stream crossings, water sources and camping spots; and a map, elevation profile and GPS coordinates for numerous points along the Trail.

You'll find resupply information, equipment checklists, and food and safety recommendations.

There are introductory sections on the heritage, natural history and geology of the CT as well as planning guide for traveling the trail.  Also included are new full-color photographs that provide a virtual tour of the trail.

To assist cyclists, this new book includes an updated description and map of each bicycle detour around the Wilderness areas.

Carried over from previous editions are "Gudy's Tips;" short bits of advice for each segment by Gudy Gaskill, the "Mother of The Colorado Trail."

  • 6" x 9"
  • 296 pages
  • Paperbound


THANK YOU! Your purchase helps the CT Foundation sustain the volunteer maintenance of The Colorado Trail. Your order will include a $5.00 handling fee plus the calculated shipping expected.

FINAL: *All sales final.* Please review your order carefully before placing. Due to the small size of our organization and the challenge of maintaining a 567 mile trail, we are unable to process refunds/exchanges.

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