10 TOP COLORADO RIDES - TRAIL

10 TOP COLORADO RIDES - Trail, Entire State, Colorado

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mtbchic11   Cross Country Rider [May 28, 2012]

Colorado Springs has some great trails all over the city:

La Veta/Stratton Open space trails. This is one of my favorites because there is a reservoir a few miles into it where dogs are allowed to swim/play/etc. You can park at either Stratton (closer to the Broadmoor Hotel) or La Veta (next to Cheyenne Mountain High School). Some trails are only open for hikers, trails are pretty well marked.


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Get trail map from local bike shops or the "Bike Colorado"

Similar Products Used: Waldo Canyon
Red Rock Canyon (not the one in DEN)
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain State Park (no dogs allowed in park at all, not even with hikers)
Palmer Park (northeast COS)
Air Force Academy Eagle trail (north COS)
Captain Jack's (west)
Section 6?
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abegold   Cross Country Rider [Jul 05, 2009]

SAND CANYON is listed in no reviews. One of my top 10 of the entire world. Southwest of Cortez up McElmo Canyon.
This trail starts on slickrock and then goes thru an ancient Anasazi Village with ruins, I could feel the spirits stronger than anywhere I've ever been. When you get to the main singletrack it was built by mountain bikers for mountain biking, swoopy, whoops, big fun.
Only Monarch Crest, from what I've ridden in CO beats it.

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Ride counter clockwise. Stick to the trail headed east then west. Do NOT go up the main trail to the kiva,30 switchbacks, very long hard climb.
I haven't beeen to the kiva but supposed to be very large.

Similar Products Used: Phils World. The local map includes these and 43 other rides!
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5
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3
gunnirider   Cross Country Rider [Jul 24, 2008]

1. Monarch Crest, more specifically Greens Creek, South Fooses, Agate Creek, Silver Creek, and Rainbow trails. Need I say more?

2. Canyon Creek (Whitepine) one of the highest rides around, very epic climbing and descending!

3. Hartman Rocks (Gunnison) over 100 miles of single track, stuff for everyone!

4. Doctor's Park (Taylor Canyon) as fast as you want to go through aspens!

5. Trail 583 to 400, if you want to be deep in the mountains this is it.

6. Lunch Loop (Grand Junction) home of the ribbon trail, holy cross and other gems.

7. Razor Creek/Dutchman's (not telling) five hours of single track that you never see anyone!

8. Fossil Ridge (Gunnison) if you want to feel like you are in the sound of music that this ride is for you.

9. Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman's (CB) just classic, Bear Descent fast as can be.

10. 401 (CB) views!

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5
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5
crazyjoeduvula   Cross Country Rider [Sep 16, 2005]

After living in denver for 2 years it was nice to be back in durango. Rides up on the front range just don't compare but there are some fun rides, but a real pain to hit something good after work because of the crowds. And you Apex fans can keep it the most crowded trail i have seen. I almost killed myself and some others coming down from lookout mtn. droping those water bars.

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1. monarch crest monarch pass 2. 401 CB 3.hermosa creek durango 4.molas pass-coalbank or in reverse durango 5.junction creek to hofins connect to dry fork and back out junction durango 6.horse gulch trails durango 7.test tracks durango 8.palmer lake area 9.deer creek denver 10. look out down apex or reverse if it wasnt so crowded denver

Similar Products Used: evergreen has some fun but easy trails. green mtn park can be fun but really easy. I hit some others around denver white ranch dakota ridge some others around conifer. I wish i could of had a better time on them.
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5
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yetibiker   Cross Country Rider [Feb 19, 2005]

For my favorite ten rides around the front range and central mountains, ranking 1-10 here goes: 1) Buffalo Creek (Pine). from the trail head go all the way to the wilderness boundary. Then on the way back go up the green mountain loop. 25 miles of fun, fairly smooth single track. Best in the spring and early summer before it gets too sandy. 2) Kenosha pass to Georga pass (Park County). A great high altitude single track epic ride. 3) Old Flowers road (Fort Collins). This is a great back country feel ride only 30 minutes west of Fort Fun. Mostly double track and jeep road, but not very crowded and great views and climbs. Start and the intersection of Stove Praire and Rist canyon road. 4) Lory st. and Horsetooth mountain (Fort Collins). The ride from Lory to the Towers road and up to Horsetooth, and down mill creek trail is a blast of all diferent types of trail conditions. Then there is Coopersmiths after the ride :-) 5) Tipperary creek-Zoom and Floom (Winter Park). Trails in Winter Park are a blast with many options. The Fat Tire Classic in June is a great way to discover them. 6) Bergan Peak-Elk Meadows (Evergreen). This trail got me hooked on mountain biking back in '91. Great climb to the top for a great view of the mountains and the lower loop of Elk Meadows is great fun. 7)Peaks Trail(Frisco-Breckenridge). This trail has a lot of smooth, rocky and climbs in it. All in a great high country setting. Frisco to break and back on the trail is the prefered way to do this ride. 8) White Ranch (Golden). Start from the trail head off Hwy 93 and climb Belcher hill all the way to the Rawhide loop at the top and do the upper loop. Then pick your favorite way down. Lots of climbing and fun single track so close to Denver. 9)Deer Creek (Littleton) A good climb and a couple of fun loops at the top. 10)Waterton Canyon(littleton). Ride the canyon for six miles they ride the fun climb up to trail junction and jeremys rest ni believe it is called. You can either take the trail back the way you came, or take a trail to Roxborough park and loop backor continue on the colorado trail to buffalo creek if you want. There's my take on the top ten FRONT RANGE rides. Fort collins has some sleepers that not many talk about.

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5
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5
mtnlyon   Cross Country Rider [Oct 19, 2004]

Ok, I had to choose 12 to make it easier. 1) Mary's>Steve's>Lion's>Mack Ridge>Moore Fun, Loma/Mack 2) Arapahoe>Cherokee, Winter Park 3) Phil's World, Cortez 4) Longhorn @ White Ranch, Golden 5) Monarch Crest, Monarch Pass 6) Hermosa Creek, Durango 7) Tipperary>Spruce>Flume, Fraser 8) Gunny Loop, Grand Junction 9) Sand Canyon, Cortez 10) Golden Gate Canyon S.P.(west side) 11) Dry Creek>CO Trail>Hoffheins, Durango 12) Joe's>Zippety, Fruita Yes, I obviously still need to do the CB trails! ;)

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5
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5
Bikinfoolferlife   Cross Country Rider [Jul 11, 2004]

Not in any particular order, as they're all great in my book, and am still searching for more on my trips to Colorado: Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadmans (Crested Butte) 401 (CB) Deer Creek (CB) Upper/Upper Upper/Strand Hill (CB) Snodgrass (short but good) (CB) Teocalli Ridge (heinous climb) (CB) Mary's/Horsethief loops (Fruita) Two Elk Trail (Vail) Lost Lake/Buffehr Creek or Lost Lake/Son of Middle Creek (Vail) Monarch Crest/Silver Creek (Salida/Poncha Springs) Monarch Crest/local secret (promised not to advertise this one, but excellent!)

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Get the maps/books

Similar Products Used: Still looking...
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5
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  Cross Country Rider [Feb 04, 2004]

1. Monarch Crest 2. Continental Divide Trail from Rabbit Ears Pass to Buffalo Pass 3. Commando Run to Two-Elk Trail 4. Ashcroft to Crested Butte over Taylor Pass 5. Pine Valley Ranch 6. Mad Creek Trail by Steamboat Springs 7. Colorado Trail-Swan River 8. Colorado Trail-Camp Hale to Copper Mountain 9. Golden Gate Canyon State Park 10. Mary's Loop Complex

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Some epic rides. Some local favorites. None too hard but all offer some wonderful riding and/or unforgettable scenery.

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5
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HIPPIE_RN   Cross Country Rider [Jan 04, 2004]

I do plan to review and renew this list, as i have far from experienced many of the finest of colorado. I am primarily a front range rider, and you'll see many of the usual suspects with my own personal short descriptions. So after 1 year of semi-serious CO riding, here it is.... 1. MONARCH CREST. the most fun i've ever had on a mtb. also, the most enduring. high altitude, fast, bumps, scenic, pure colorado. im planning several weekends here in 2004. 2. MOAB. not colorado, so all get grouped into one category. porcupine ridge is great, and probably the cream of moab, i think this trail is what moab is all about. gotta do slickrock, its like no other, but not a moab epic. 3. HALL RANCH. a fave lately, less crowded than other front range. high fun factor on the climb out, a blast coming back. 4. WHITE RANCH. nice options for loops, good mix of fast and tech. 5. DAKOTA RIDGE/RED ROCKS. got me hooked on mtbing when i moved from wisco. love the tech here, fun quick loop. ive got scars from here. 6. YOUNG GULTCH. high fun factor. soaking wet in spring. 7. APEX PARK/CHIM GULTCH. good options for routes. forest is highlight for its fast hardpack. main trails are very crowded daily, quite blown out. descent can be fun w/o crowds. 8. WATERTON CANYON/CO TRAIL. more of a high mt. feel in the front range. fast single, challenging climbs, and tech sections, with loop options. six mile fire road approach keeps me from going more often. 9. WALKER RANCH. wasnt a personal favorite, but fun/fast at times. challenging climbs. hike/bike section followed by annoying loose rock fire road climb was exhausting, then fun climb before final descent. 10. SOLVISTA. i think i was wandering here. i could never repeat this route. mostly single with good ups and downs. some spent among the runs of the resort and back to thead near fraser. Actually these are the only trails ive ridden so far. It was a fun first year, and cant wait for '04. 01/04/2004

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5
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5
SingleTrackHound   Cross Country Rider [Nov 13, 2003]

1. Porcupine Rim...Moab! 2. Monarch Crest 3. Fruita Loma exit(Moore fun/Troybilt/Mackridge loop) 4. Winter Park (Montain Goat, Lower Arapahoe, to Cherokee) 5. Crested Butte (401, Dyke, Teocali Ridge) 6. Fruita Bookcliff area (Chutes & Ladder/Zippiti dooda) 7. Palmer Park (Templeton Gap & too many to list) 8. Hermosa Creek trail (Durango) 9. Jones downhill (on rainy day for traction) 10.Buckhorn to Captain Jack loop

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Up than down...

Similar Products Used: This is an update for review from few montns ago.
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5
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