The Colorado Trail, Collegiate Loop Topographic Map Guide has been designed as the perfect traveling companion when navigating the Collegiate Loop section of The Colorado Trail. In 2012, the 83-mile Collegiate West route was added to The Colorado Trail as an alternate route to the Collegiate East section, creating the approximately 163-mile Collegiate Loop.
The Collegiate Loop Topographic Map Guide starts at the top end of the loop near Twin Lakes Reservoir. The trail tracks south along the eastern slope of Sawatch Range under the watchful gaze of several 14ers (fourteen-thousand foot peaks) until it joins the Continental Divide Trail near Monarch. The trail then turns north along the west side of the Sawatch Range as it crisscrosses the continental divide until finally finishing the loop back at Twin Lakes Reservoir.
Each page is centered on the trail and overlaps with adjacent pages so there is little chance of getting lost. Along the bottom of each page is a trail profile that shows the distance between passes, camping areas, and trail access points. The map and trail profile provide a step by step visual guide to hiking the trail, mile by rugged mile. Expertly researched and created in partnership with local land management agencies including The Colorado Trail Foundation, this map guide provides detailed topographic maps, interesting history, a 15 day itinerary, and a resupply location chart shows distances, and services available at each resupply point. More convenient and easier to use than folded maps, but just as compact and lightweight,
National Geographic’s Topographic Map Guide booklets are printed on “Backcountry Tough” waterproof, tear-resistant paper with stainless steel staples. A full UTM grid is printed on the map to aid with GPS navigation. We love technology and enjoy the convenience of GPS, but you can’t plan a trip on a phone screen and navigation doesn’t work where there’s no cell signal. Start your next trip on the right foot with a high-quality folding travel map. Make the most of your next adventure, even if you lose GPS or cell signals. You’ll always be on the correct route with our folding travel maps. Your adventure starts here!
What is a Topographic Guide?
The Topographic Map Guides are user-friendly and light-weight small book format maps printed on rugged waterproof, tear-resistant paper. They are laser focused to provide the tools needed for trail navigation. Each page includes a detailed topographic map and is centered on the trail. Along the bottom of the page is a trail profile that shows the distance between shelters, camping areas, and trail access points. The map and trail profile provide a step by step visual guide to hiking the trail, mile by rugged mile. The front pages of the printed Topographic Map Guide include resupply locations, key points of interest, safety guidelines, history, and everything you need to plan a safe and memorable hiking trip.
About the Author
Founded in 1915 as the Map Department of the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Maps is responsible for illustrating the world around us through the art and science of mapmaking. Today, National Geographic Maps continues this mission by creating the world’s best wall maps, outdoor recreation maps, travel maps, atlases and globes that inspire people to care about and explore their world.
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