Michaud Lane - TRAIL

Michaud Lane - Trail, Fort Collins, Colorado

Rock City. A 3 or 4 mile trail. Ride up a short but technical climb to the loop. Counter-clockwise around the loop, you will climb some more over lose rocks, up to the ridge of the very first hogback in the Front Range. A short downhill on the other side, then it levels off a bit, and then you go back down an extremely loose and rocky decsent to the beginning of the loop. Lots of steep sections with loose rocks and sharp turns. Not for beginners. Did I mention the rocks?

User Reviews (10)

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saintowner   Cross Country Rider [Sep 10, 2006]

Res. Ridge and Michaud are great little sections of singletrack for sure. I use them more as tools to prep for bigger DH sections in HTMP and LSP. They're great for speed skills and "light" DH practice. You can make them as cool as you want. Just lookin' to polish some rusty skills? Take it easy and use yer' brakes. Lookin' for a fast pace prep course to gain some confidence before a big trip to the hills? Let it rip and do them again. And again, and again, and again.

Customer Service

Ride from town...or you could park @ Michaud, or the western-facing slope lot. If you want more singletrack, link Res. Ridge to Foothills, and Shoreline, and Maxwell, loop around Pineridge and do it all again.

Similar Products Used: Wathen, Timber, Maxwell
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4
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4
rhag1128   Cross Country Rider [Jul 31, 2006]

I Used to run this trail with my dog because I thought the downhill rocky section would be the end of my bike. Well , One day I gave it a shot, turning down off the ridge there is a rocky technical part that I took too fast and received a prostate exam from my seat. I would strongly advise FS for anyone who likes to speed down this hill.
Over all a great ride.

Customer Service

Put down your Sigdas green chili or sunshine wheat and bike from town. Via Overland/Michaud sign.

Similar Products Used: Buffalo Pass from Coalton to Steamboat
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4
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3
jbaum90   Weekend Warrior [Aug 09, 2004]

It's a great ride, that's for sure. Not really any "hike-a-bike" sections, so be prepared to ride hard. Whatever you do, don't fall over while you're on the trail! There was one part where I just pansied out and tipped over, too tired to click out. I fell in a patch of cactus. Not those big needle cactuses, I'm talking about those little ones about 1 cm long that just dig into you and you can never get them out. That's a perfect way to ruin a good ride.

Customer Service

go up, and then start going back down

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3
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4
Mike   [Feb 02, 2000]

This trail is surprisingly technical. I would say that it's not very good for hauling ass, but someone is probably going to reprimand me and say how much fun they had hauling ass on it. So I'll just say this:
If you want to haul ass down 30 degree slopes with sharp turns on loose rocks, this trail is great. But honestly, there is better biking nearby at Horsetooth and Lory parks.

Customer Service

Up, around, then down.

Similar Products Used: Horsetooth and Lory state parks.
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2
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Bort   [May 17, 2000]

This trail is awsome. You can do a loop from anywhere in Ft. Collins in just over an hour, without driving!(unless you are lame) More rocks = more fun and more air. This is a good beginner trail for those who desire to ride with the big kids on the A-trail. (Downhill bikes reccommended for A-trail)

Customer Service

Leave from town pussies! I leave my house and ride west on Prospect untill it stops and turns into a dirt road. I then ride the singletrack to the top of the dam. Then get on the road heading north for about two or so miles(across two more dams). Then after the long road climb look for the trail on the left side of the road. This is where the fun begins, you can go up more and hit the awsome rocky slippery fast shizniz or you can go around the back side and rip any direction you want. By the way, this is backwards from the way the idiots ride the trail. If you drive to the parking lot you suck. It is so much more fun to get to the trail from the southern part of Horsetooth.

Similar Products Used: Barf, Barf, Barf!
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4
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mookie   [Oct 21, 2000]

This trail is tons of fun. It is a good fast challenging downhill. A full suspension bike is recomended but I have ridden it on a rigid aluminum frame a few times (a lot more challenging than on my squishy bike) and still enjoyed it. The road ride back home is no fun, but it is a good rest after a rough ride.

Customer Service

Take bort's advise and ride allong the resivour from the south until you get to th Michaud trail. Riding up from the bottom is very challenging, but not as fun as going down.

Similar Products Used: Tropics
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5
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Superfly   [Mar 19, 2001]

I used to hate Michaud when I owned an aluminum hard tail. Now I have FS and the rock surfing is actually fun--not scary. Oh yeah, and the guy who claims this trail is a 30-degree slope needs to have his eyesight examined.

WATCH out for other users here!! They're all over the place.

Not a particularly amazing trail, but not too horrible, either.

Customer Service

Ride from town!!! You have to be a major sissy and planet hater to drive here. The best way to do this ride is to go up Maxwell, then cross over the road and hit Shoreline trail which will take you all the way to Michaud. Then go down. If you want more, turn around and do it in reverse. If you still want more, buy a singlespeed!! This loop is great in winter (when nothing fun is clear) or when you're short on time.

Similar Products Used: Horsetooth (Wathan, Stout, Mill Creek, Sodaberg, Westridge, Carey Springs, Audra Culver, etc.)
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4
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bb   [Apr 17, 2001]

ride this if you want to test/hone your technical climbing skills. michaud has always been great technical/physical challenge to clean from bottom to top. it is all rideable, however to put it all together without stops is a great test for anyone. i don't pass this test often.

Customer Service

ride from town along poudre trail, up michaud trail, south along the lake trail down the Easy-A trail and back to town on spring creek.

Similar Products Used: horsetooth mountain park.
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3
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Jason Metzler   [Apr 22, 2001]

This is my favorite ride in ft collins so far. it is not too technical and the route I take has everything, hills decents dropoffs, rocks, animals, cliffs, trees, I am not good enough for the A trail yet but I think this is a good place to start.

Customer Service

I like going down this trail rather than going up. I like to start on campus and ride to the stadium then take the trail next to the fence up to the top of the dam. then cross the road and take the trail that runs parallel to the reservior. ride that till the end and go right on the michaud trail.

Similar Products Used: everything on the dam is fun. lory S P is coo ive heard.
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5
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Dan S.   [Jul 21, 2002]

I ride this trail almost everyday. I dont know but one short strech of rocks for say 1/4 mile on the trail that can be completely thrashed down. It is great for training but to short. Watch out for closed trails in this area due to the recent dam construction. All in all its a good skill builder.

Customer Service

Start up from the resivor ridge parking lot the climb here is long and grueling. Hang a left at the top of the trail and just follow the loop around.

Similar Products Used: Pine ridge area to behind the stadium.
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4
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