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I've done Devil's Back-bone to Horsetooth/Lorry and back. This ends up being a 35ish mile ride, and it happens to be one of my favorites. A Ft. Collins native recently told me there is a way to make this ride even longer by adding a third trail system (or dirt roads, maybe?) to make it a 60+ mile ride. Unfortunately I can't recall the route he described (post-race over beers). Anyone care to spill the beans on what the route might be? TIA.
 

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I'm doing something similar tomorrow, just skipping lory and riding the road down from Horsetooth to Bobcat ridge and then back. Should be about 50 plus alot of climbing.
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volkstech said:
I'm doing something similar tomorrow, just skipping lory and riding the road down from Horsetooth to Bobcat ridge and then back. Should be about 50 plus alot of climbing.
Pat
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I'd join you, but I'm a bit spent from riding Rist today.
 

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DBB to Bluesky to Indian Summer to bluesky to soderberg to tower road to mill creek back up and around to westridge to wathan to herrington down stout to soderberg to bluesky to indian summer to bluesky to DBB.
That should be pretty close to 60 miles.
Or you could take all that DBB/BS/IS/BS stuff up to soderberg to tower to mill creek into lory over the dam via the road to lakeshore back south via foothills climb the road around the south end of the lake back into bluesky. I bet that's even more.
Unless your source was referring to the addition of the Soapstone area.......
 

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subliminalshiver said:
DBB to Bluesky to Indian Summer to bluesky to soderberg to tower road to mill creek back up and around to westridge to wathan to herrington down stout to soderberg to bluesky to indian summer to bluesky to DBB.
That should be pretty close to 60 miles..
I don't think that's anywhere close to 60 miles.
2 weeks ago I did DBB>IS>BS up the pavement to HTMP>Audra>Wathen>Spring Creek>Carey>Saw Mill>Soderburgh>BS>DBB

That ride was around 28 miles on my Garmin.
 

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I don't think that's anywhere close to 60 miles.
Hmmm.... Thinking on it a bit more I guess I included an extra 7 miles each way on the road to get from my house to the trailhead. Oops.
 

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The Squeaky Wheel said:
I don't think that's anywhere close to 60 miles.
2 weeks ago I did DBB>IS>BS up the pavement to HTMP>Audra>Wathen>Spring Creek>Carey>Saw Mill>Soderburgh>BS>DBB

That ride was around 28 miles on my Garmin.
I'd agree that if the goal is 60 miles, you'd have to add a bunch of pavement (out to Bobcat, for example). But if the goal is to ride all day, you could easily do it by adding the various climbs in Horsetooth and Lory (Service road, Towers, Howard, Timber, etc). Thing is, if DBB/Blue Sky/Valley Trails is the type of thing your looking for, going up in HT is a different deal. I always say a "Horsetooth Mile" is equal to at least 2 "regular" (aka blue sky) miles.

Edit to add: check out the "map" link on the right side of this page:

http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/

to plan all the possibilities
 

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Thanks for the feedback, folks. Bobcat Ridge rings a bell - that could have been what he was referring to.
 

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subliminalshiver said:
DBB to Bluesky to Indian Summer to bluesky to soderberg to tower road to mill creek back up and around to westridge to wathan to herrington down stout to soderberg to bluesky to indian summer to bluesky to DBB.
That should be pretty close to 60 miles.
That's probably about 40-45 miles I'd say. Last summer training for the Laramie Enduro I rode Fort Collins down taft hill into Loveland to 34, glade road to Bobcat - bobcat back via Glade Rd to DBB and the ride mentioned above then road back home and it was 68 miles if I recall. If you want lots of dirt mileage you'll have to link up a bunch of loops in Lory to get 60 miles without killing yourself (and doing multiple towers road climbs).

Bring food. Lots of it. The Cottonwood tree at the start of Blue Sky is a super nice place to stash and offers shade if it's a cooker if you don't want to carry it all on your back.

Brett
 
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