Matthews/Winters Park - Trail, Morrison, Colorado

Matthews/Winters Park - Trail, Morrison, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

The trail alternates between smooth rolling terrain and short technical sections. The Main Red Rock trail goes south into Red Rock Park. It splits three times. The first time is near the parking lot (take either one, they tie back in 1/2 mile). The second split is for the Morrison Slide Trail. This too ties back in but not for 1.5 miles or so. If you go left here, you have a pleasant ride with one or two technical sections. If you go right, be prepared for a steep climb with several switchbacks; followed by a nice cruising section topped off by an extremely steep and technical descent back to the main trail. (NOTE: I recommend going left as you go out, and then take the other half of the loop as you return. This way you'll be carrying your bike up the steep technical section rather than down it. Once you are on top, the trail is pretty much rideable back to where it hits the main trail). The final split occurs after crossing the pavement. The left turn drops down to tie-in to the Dakota Ridge Trail (which is supposed to tie back in near where you left your car). The right climbs up to a picnic pavilion over looking the trail you've just ridden. If you wish to make it to the pavillion, you have to cross the pavement two or three more times and keep going up. Its a little over 8 miles to go out and back (covering all the spurs except the Dakota Ridge).

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 02, 2012]
NinerFreak
Downhiller

I only ride this trail because the Dakota Ridge trail is so short. This trail gets lots of foot traffic, so watch out and be kind. This trail is more designed for foot travel anyways, so we are kinda on their turf. This trail is fast and flowy with little climbing. More of a shallow rollercoaster. If you take the Morrison Slide, you get a good climb and some switchbacks. This is a good trail for people that are new to mountainbiking and want a transition trail before tackling a real mountain.

Customer Service

I ride the Dakota Ridge trail from the lower parking lot and head south. This trail connects with Red Rocks and I take that back to my vehicle. I think it is around 6 miles total.

Similar Products Used:

Dakota Ridge

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 28, 2010]
Slayer45
Weekend Warrior

I rode the Matthew-Winters trail network for the first time yesterday. The trail has NOT been closed. There are two trails leaving the parking lot....'Village Ride' and 'Village Walk.' One is for bikers, one is for hikers (you figure it out which is which). The Village Ride trail connects to the Red Rocks Trail.

Village Ride is easy. The Red Rocks trail is easy-moderate, and the Dakota Ridge trail is advanced. Trail conditions are favorable, dry and mostly hard packed.

Customer Service

The trail head is located at Route 70 and Highway 93. After a short climb on the Village Ride Trail you will reach the intersection with the Red Rocks Trail. The Red Rocks trail has several moderate technical sections and continues to climb. There is an option to add 0.4 miles to the route by taking the Morrison Slide trail. I stayed on Red Rocks. After 1.6 miles the Red Rocks trail intersects with the Morrison Slide Trail and begins a steep descent towards the amphitheater. Continuing on Red Rocks trail for another 1.2 miles after the intersection with Morrison Slide I ended up on the Red Rocks Amphitheater access road. Follow the access road for approximately 0.75 miles to an intersection with the Dakota Ridge Trail (t-intersection that is easy to find). Now the fun begins. The Dakota Ridge is a steep, rocky, technical suck fest (remember, it's my first ride of the season). The Dakota Ridge Trail continues for approximately 2 miles and ends with an excellent rolling pine section to leave you with a smile on your face after biking (hiking) through the rock gardens. Enjoy!

Similar Products Used:

Red Rock Trail
Dakota Ridge Trail
Bear Lake Trail
Mt Falcon
Deer Creek Trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 15, 2009]
sipperd
Weekend Warrior

This was my favorite get a quick ride in trailhead. Noticed I said was as it is closed to Mtn bikes now. Today, 3/15/09, I went for a ride and "No Bikes past this point" signs are now posted.

What a bummer.

Customer Service

Somewhere legal.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 14, 2007]
Michael
Cross Country Rider

This is my personal favorite trail on the front range. Easy access, great technical ride section, great climb, super fast finish.

Customer Service

I usually park on Matthews/Winters side and cross road to do the hogback (Dakota Ridge) side first.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 05, 2007]
minorsway
Cross Country Rider

Great area for early morning training to escape the crowds. Include the Matthews Winters spurs. Classic Denver riding.

http://www.redrocksonline.com/pages/questions/RR_Map.pdf

Customer Service

Start at enterance #2 and finish with the downhill off of Dakota Ridge.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 27, 2007]
Walter Sobchak
Weekend Warrior

I heard that this trail is supposed to be one of the best so I decided I had to try it. First I went to my local Target and bought their top of the line Jeep brand Full Suspension bike. This thing set me back over $200 so I knew I would have one of the best bikes on the mountain. I arrived on a hot, sunny afternoon and about 100 meters into the ride, I discovered that this trail should not be open to the public. It is literally impossible to ascend this trail, even on one of the best bikes available. I walked my bike almost 2 miles and endured ridicule as people descending the mountain laughed at my bike. I can only assume they were jealous. On the descent, I flipped the bike at least 5 times and broke several parts off of my brand new bike. How is this trail considered rideable? I can only imagine the fate of some lesser bike. I don't think I'll ever return to this trail.

Customer Service

The chair lift that should be installed next to the trail for the ascent, the paved path that should be built for the descent.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 14, 2006]
arnolda14
Cross Country Rider

This is like *the* definitive front range foothills ride with amazing views of Denver and striking red rock scenery. It's a fantastic place to hone your skills and I'd highly recommend it to intermediate riders or beginners who want to take it to the next level.
It's a really popular park for bikers so a lot of hikers avoid this place like the plague. IMO the bikers pretty much own this place and etiquette is scarce, which is a little sad to watch. It's a fantasticly gorgeous place and I'd hate to see us bikers ruin it for everyone else. Remember that riding friendly is the best way to protect our access to places like this.

Customer Service

For a technical route, go clockwise from Dakota ridge, cross the road and then come up north through Matthews Winters. For an intermediate route just do an in & out from the north end of Matthews Winters. Beginners can ride this trail, but should be ready for a challenge.

Similar Products Used:

Elk Meadow, Golden Gate, White Ranch.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 11, 2005]
lootinpirate31
Weekend Warrior

This is a fairly easy trail with a few short technical sections. Although there is other traffic, the only time i have really run into a lot of people was a sunny mid-sunday morning, otherwise i almost always have the whole thing to myself. go on an any weekday morning or afternoon to avoid the crowds.

Customer Service

I usually go up the right side first on the morrison slide trail then loop back on the easier part unless i come from dakota ridge, then i do it backwards. Either way isnt too hard, but i think it is easier and much more of a workout to go up the side closest to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

Dakota Ridge, Apex, Chimney Gulch, just about any Jefferson County trail in the area

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 09, 2004]
terryash
Cross Country Rider

This is a great afterwork ride. You have to be considerate of hikers & trail runners, its a great place for them too.

Customer Service

See above. You can make it a loop with the Dakota Ridge trail, but I hear it is pretty technical

Similar Products Used:

Walker Ranch near Boulder

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 20, 2003]
MTB
Cross Country Rider

Dakota ridge part of the trail is hella technical and not for the beginer. But you gotta love the ridge with nice views and awesome stuff. I do this first, and then loop down to the red rocks trail. The red rocks part is pretty easy and very very relaxing after you've done the hella techie dakota stuff. Overall, the red rocks part can get pretty hot as there are not very many trees, but is a nice easy loop to get back into the swing of things.

Customer Service

Park at the other side of the street of Dakota. Cross street and ride up small uphill climb to the fun part. Ride the fun part, and hook up with red rocks trail. End at parking lot.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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