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Hey guys!

I'll be heading to Boulder the weekend of June 15 and I'm coming in early to do some riding. Flying in late Thursday night, the 12th and looking to ride Friday for sure and probably Saturday.

I'm outta AZ so my riding is likely a little different but I like the chunk. Ideally, I'll find a park with lift access. Did that up at Stevens Pass in Washington and had a great time.

I was hoping for a "sticky" with suggestions and stuff but didn't see anything. I'll start digging more now but if anyone has suggestions and wants to show me around I'm all for it.

If you wanna see what I ride check out this...

Hella Hairball 2012-04-07 from Michael Stevens on Vimeo.


I'm not the strongest climber but I've got a little in the skill dept. Just enough to make me brave enough to break myself. Love technical climbs and descents.
 

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In order to summon the CO front range advice genie your thread title needs to say the following:
What's the best {insert noun here} for the front range?
 

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Park info

Here is the info thread about the local parks. All but Granby Ranch are on Forrest Service property so the open/close dates are set in stone, they will open even with snow in the ground. Although some trails may be closed. Granby, being on private property, can open when they want, weather permitting. Usually mid-May.

Boulder is 2.5 hr drive from Trestle or Keystone, 4+ to Angle Fire. There are local trails in abundance around Boulder and Golden, and plenty of places to rent a good bike between them and Denver. But if you do head to a park, rent there as they have "all inclusive" deals.
 

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Didn't even think of Angel Fire but I think 4 hours is more than I wanna drive on this trip. As I was googling I came up with Crested Butte and I've got buddies that come up for a week and ride there so I know it's as solid as it comes. But, I think I'm good with a ~2 hour commute and even thinking of renting a tent spot at the KOA in Central City which would make the drive to Trestler/Gransby around an hour. And it'd be cheap.

And, I should say, my destination is Boulder but I'm certainly not limited to the Boulder area as is obvious from some of my ideas.

I found this thread about Dakota Ridge and that would be an IDEAL pedal ride. Looks right up my alley.

Looks from that list everything opens the weekend I'm there but I'll need a Friday lift. Are those "set in stone dates" seriously set in stone? What if June 14/15 falls on a Wed? Seems like the 15th is Sunday so they should open Saturday or maybe Friday. But, it is the government so common sense is nowhere to be found.

So, it looks like if I'm bike parkin' it Gransby is my only choice.
 

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If the OP wants chunk then someone should take him up Sourdough, Little Raven and drop down South Saint Vrain. That should be snow free by then.

It's certainly not a lift ride though and can be 4-5,000 ft of climbing depending on route.
Yeah, not gonna be up for 4k feet of climbing for a while. 2k would be TOUGH, 4k...
 

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What do you guys think of Heil Ranch?

I've had tentative plans to ride with a buddy up in Boulder but wasn't sure if he'd actually have the time since he's working the Ironman race as well. He's got the time and he suggested there. The review here on MTBR seems to be promising.

Was thinking maybe I'd ride with him there on Fri and then try to squeeze in Dakota Ridge on Sat?

Mike
 

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Mt. Lion at Golden Gate

Longhorn at White Ranch

Enchanted Forest/Apex

Dakota Ridge

Morrison Slide at Matthew Winters

Deer Creek

And the SSV suggestion is a good one... although I personally doubt it'll be good-to-go by June 15th this year.
 

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Mt. Lion at Golden Gate

Longhorn at White Ranch

Enchanted Forest/Apex

Dakota Ridge

Morrison Slide at Matthew Winters

Deer Creek
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Yeah, not gonna be up for 4k feet of climbing for a while. 2k would be TOUGH, 4k...
Pretty much any ride around the front range will be near or at 2k of climbing. A 50 minute after-work loop at N Table is 1k.

I got a lighter bike this year.
 

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Good film! Having finally watched this I would say that if you don't mind an 90 minute drive south then riding Templeton at Palmer Park could be up your alley. Here's one I did...
I wouldn't be against the drive. That looks like a good time.

Another trail you may like, though it's north of Boulder is Ginny at Bobcat Ridge. That looks like the chunk in your video and is a killer 18 minute, 1300ft chunky downhill from top to bottom. This one is up near Fort Collins.
That looks like a good ride as well.

Pretty much any ride around the front range will be near or at 2k of climbing. A 50 minute after-work loop at N Table is 1k.
I thought that might be the case. I think I'll do alright at around 2k. Our typical climbs here are in the 1000' - 1200' range but the trails are short (3 to 4 miles) and extremely technical climbs. I think our local parks are atypical. I rode Caribou Ridge in CDA, Idaho, and was really worried because it was reportedly 2000'+ in climbing and I've never done anything like that. But it was actually quite easy because the trail was not as technical and substantially longer.

So, I think I'm pretty much committed to Heil Ranch on Friday morning with my buddy. It's sounding like I'm gonna need another ride to feel satisfied... :)

I'm staying in Longmont. Any bike stores near there that I can rent a decent, slack 5" or 6" bike, maybe even a 27.5? I did some googling and got a few hits but the results were mostly in Denver, not so much the outskirts.

Depending on the Heil ride and the bike rental I may just go for a ride later Friday or work on a Sat morn ride. I'll have to check with my coworker to see if I need to cover any prerace Ironman promo stuff Sat.
 

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HA! The brother-in-law and I were just talking about our ride in CO a few years back. We were visiting relatives and talked everyone into hiking while we went for a ride. Neither one of us could remember where it was but I knew I kept the track! Right across the street from Dakota Ridge:

<iframe width='465' height='548' frameborder='0' src='http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/100167752'></iframe>
That was a fun ride. How does that compare to Dakota Ridge itself?
 

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HA! The brother-in-law and I were just talking about our ride in CO a few years back. We were visiting relatives and talked everyone into hiking while we went for a ride. Neither one of us could remember where it was but I knew I kept the track! Right across the street from Dakota Ridge:

<iframe width='465' height='548' frameborder='0' src='http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/100167752'></iframe>
That was a fun ride. How does that compare to Dakota Ridge itself?
That's Morrison Slide (the part up and over the plateau) - Dakota Ridge is quite a bit moar chunk.
 
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