ajkagy wrote:so can the new 80 miles be biked?
You "should" be able to ride the first section from Twin Lakes to the Wilderness boundary, plus the larger segment from Cottonwood Pass to the junction with Fooses. Much of the existing CDT is already there and rideable- one ride I meant to get on this past summer that DaveMo from Rock'N'Roll calls his favorite is Tunnel Lakes. Looks like fun high alpine riding.
Down around North Cochetopa Pass, 25 miles or so of road might soon be replaced with 30ish miles of singletrack as well, for both the CT and CDT. This would be sweet, since those miles were my least favorite miles of the CT (I rode all but a handful of miles of the CT last summer). Unfortunately, the FS is currently favoring an alternative which would make those miles forbidden to bicycles, despite not being in Wilderness- the only non-Wilderness miles of the CT which wouldn't be legal to ride. We have until November 26 to make comments on this plan- supporters of bicycles should voice their support of alternative 3. Click HERE
for more info and the email address.