Flying J Ranch - Trail, Conifer, Colorado

Flying J Ranch - Trail, Conifer, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

Beautiful new trail to the Denver foothills area. It is a beginner course, but for beginners *wanting* to improve their skills. It's also great for intermediate riders who need practice in heavy and tight tree singletrack -- ever wonder how wide your handlebars are? ;-) It's also great for forcing you to keep an eye on the trail as it's rather twisty. The experts I rode with yesterday really enjoyed it as well. It's 0.6 miles to the loop which is about 3 miles. We rode it three times before heading north on 73 to Evergreen for some food and beer :) Note: trail's new and JeffCo Open Space has no maps for it yet... hit it before it becomes crowded.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 29, 2009]
Melanie Steinberg
Weekend Warrior

It's my first week on a bike in about 6 years, so to say that I am out of shape is a slight understatement. Earlier in the week I had some difficulty with uphill climbs and really fast downhills. I thought this trail was great for me to get the legs back in shape. I agree it's a little short, but I got a tremendous workout from it. I thought there were a few climbs that were really tough for me, but I was able to stay on my bike which felt pretty good. I will probably stick to this trail and a couple others until I can nail them and then move on to some bigger stuff.

Customer Service

I went clockwise at the T and liked the mix of uphill and downhill.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 21, 2007]
Guyechka
Weekend Warrior

This was a nice little excursion. There are two sections of the trail where it dips into a stream crossing. These are somewhat technical, but they last only twenty feet. The rest of the trail is very easy and very wide. I have no idea what some people mean by riding through narrow trees--the trail is always at least four feet wide.

Customer Service

Around and around and around. Doesn't matter which direction.

Similar Products Used:

Buff Creek

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jun 22, 2007]
cigar2329
Weekend Warrior

Its a short loop that is more like 3.5 miles. Easy terrain that is mostly in the trees. Gentle climbs with no gadgets in the terrain except for a few dribble creek crossings. Not technical, but the shade is nice.

Customer Service

Either way. You'll probably end up going both ways

Similar Products Used:

Three Sisters

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 16, 2007]
Bill
Weekend Warrior

I rode this loop once in the fall of 2006 on a weekday afternoon. I encountered a few casual walkers and one family on bikes. Otherwise, it was complete solitude. The trail was smooth with a few beginner-technical sections such as tight trees, a switchback or two, and a stream crossing that I chose to hike-a-bike. All in all, a great after-work ride if you're not looking for a hardcore beating, and an excellent loop for beginner training and confidence-building. A few words of caution: Watch out for casual walkers due to the nearby neighborhoods whose trails link up to this loop. Also, beware of herds of elk. On my counter-clockwise loop, I crested a hill at speed and surprised a herd of about 50 elk grazing in the forest. I was about 30 yards from the herd, but after they calmed down from being startled, they continued grazing and eventually went on their way, and I continued my ride to the parking lot.

Customer Service

I rode it once clockwise and turned right around to do it again counter-clockwise. The counter-clockwise route ends with a nice downhill section through a gentle rolling terrain. Either direction is equally pleasant with no significant disadvantages.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 13, 2006]
arnolda14
Cross Country Rider

Excellent beginner's trail with very few obstacles, nice tight single track, smooth tread and lovely forest. There's something about the climb in this park that makes you feel like you get more downhill than you've "earned". Unlike a lot of routes that feel like an hour to get up and five minutes to get down, this one has generous downhill sections that are a great way to boost a beginner's confidence level in their saddle. For a more advanced rider, this is just sweet candy track from beginning to end - nothing challenging at all, save one turn. One segment takes you through a lodgepole forest that's a little disorienting - feels a little like a funhouse tunnel.

Customer Service

We took the main loop clockwise, but really you probably can not go wrong here - it's all easy and it's all gorgeous.

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The Evergreen area has more great single track than I could possibly list here. Elk Meadow is easily my favorite ride on the front range.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jul 09, 2005]
singletracker77
Cross Country Rider

This is a great trail to bring the first time singletracker or family out to - It is fairly short, non-technical and very fun. There are some tight trees but it is not too intimidating. Jefferson County is adding picnic tables and a new trail head, so parking should be a little better.

Customer Service

I have ridden it in both directions - each way is equally fun - For beginners, I would go counter-clockwise, as it seems to have more downhill and the downhill at the end is fun. Make sure to bring some cash for a milkshake at Coney Island after the ride

Similar Products Used:

Meyers Ranch

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 02, 2004]
Brian 2
Cross Country Rider

This is a nice well maintained little loop that is fun for all ages and skill levels. Well maintained by Jeffco. I've only ridden counter clockwise but a good low grade climb with a nice fun/fast down hill to complete the loop. Not very long, but a great after work ride. Higher skill level?, just add a few laps.

Customer Service

Clockwise

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 27, 2002]
Paul

Nice beginner trail. Limited climbing with nice fast single track sections and a few low-end technical sections. Great trail to introduce new riders to mountain biking or just for stretching the legs.

Customer Service

Simple loop from the parking lot and back.

Similar Products Used:

Meyers Ranch

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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