The answer to the question of why hike or bike The Colorado Trail is as unique as the individual traveler. Yet there is a common theme to the answers. All whisper of adventure, challenge, and personal transformation in this beautiful photo book of the trail. This book will be a wonderful gift for someone thinking about hiking the trail, or will inspire heartfelt memories for someone who has already taken this amazing journey.
The book can be purchased from Amazon, the Colorado Trail Foundation, this webpage, at JAX Outdoor Gear, and at many local bookstores. It contains nearly 200 beautiful pictures of the trail, over 60 hiker and mountain biker interviews from the past two years, my own unusual take on each trail segment drawn from my experience of hiking the trail three times, and a few in-the-moment trail poems. It is not so much a Guide Book as it is a celebration of what it is like to be on the trail itself. It is a book about the experience of the trail, rather than its day-to-day reality. It appeals to the heart, which I think is what really makes the decision to hike or bike a long trail.
Here are a few of my favorite comments from reviewers.
Anyone who is thinking about hiking a major trail should read this book with caution because by the time they are done, they won’t just be thinking about it anymore.
This book grabbed my heart right from the start. I’m sure anyone who buys this book will treasure it.
What an uplifting book! It made me want to go on the trail and experience it all myself. The photos are gorgeous.
I laughed, I cried, I packed my bags. This is a great story!
To my surprise, [my wife] read the book in one sitting and commented how well it is written and how much she enjoyed the great photographs. She seldom shows interest in my outdoor activities, but your book is an exception.
The travelers in the book have shared their dreams, their hopes, and their experience of the trail with me. Unlike most guidebooks, which address the how and what of a trail, this book addresses the question of why you might want to hike or ride The Colorado Trail. Each voice in the book whispers of adventure, challenge, and personal transformation.
A short preview of the book is below. Clicking inside any image in the viewer will open the viewer to full size for easier reading. Click esc to return to this page. You can hear (with your own ears!) a few of the voices in the book in this video. And more in this interview about the book I did with Ryan Warner at Colorado Public Radio.