Front Range Trails

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Front Range Trails

Postby Gdb49 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:25 pm

As a beginner every trails was a new and exciting adventure. There is nothing like finding a new trail that reminds you why you ride. The first time I rode Buffalo Creek was like that for my riding partner and me. Just couldn't wait to go back, wanting to get better so we could ride it the way it was meant to be ridden. Since then we have found a few other trails like that, but want to know what we are missing. We always enjoy riding, but there just some trails that leave you with a special feeling, like a drug. Rode South Shore at Pueblo yesterday and had that exact feeling. Here are some of the trails we have ridden, please add any Front Range trails that you feel are special enough to belong on this list.
Blackjack Trail and all the others at Buffalo Creek
Halls Ranch
Curt Gowdy
South Shore at Pueblo Res.
Palmer Park and Ute Park in the Springs
Cheyenne Mtn area- Section 16 etc...
Wathem Trail in Horsetooth Park
What are we missing?
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Greg Heil » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:31 am

Missing:

All of the various sections of the Colorado Trail
Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks
Dragon's Back
Lair O The Bear

...and many more...
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Funrover » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:04 am

Deer Creek
Colorado Trail
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby maddslacker » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:38 am

Mt Falcon
White Ranch
Apex
Golden Gate Canyon
3 Sisters / Alderfer
Bergen Peak

If only some website had a database of Front Range Trails. :twisted:
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby John Fisch » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:37 pm

Other special trails in the Springs area:
Cheyenne Mountain State Park (not part of Cheyenne Canyon--great trails for all ability levels)
Red Rock Canyon Open Space (if you know which trails to ride)
Limbaugh Canyon (requires a big finish on pavement to avoid private property, but it's worth it)
Monument Trails/Stoopid Trail (Stoopid is gnarly fun)

Goodies near Denver not yet mentioned:
Centennial Cone (Not the most interesting singletrack, but great scenery and bikes only on every other day)

Nederland/Peaceful Valley area
Sourdough Trail (rocks, rocks and more rocks)
South St Vrain (steep, technical, narrow, challenging)
Buchanan Pass (short but uber-sweet and mucho techy with killer scenery)

Other special trails north of the border near Curt Gowdy:
Headquarters/Happy Jack (cross country ski network that makes for excellent summer singletrack)



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Dragon's Back? Maybe Devil's Backbone?
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Gdb49 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:14 pm

Thanks to all for the great suggestions. I will ride all of them and shoot you a quick review.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Gdb49 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:19 am

maddslacker wrote:Mt Falcon
White Ranch
Apex
Golden Gate Canyon
3 Sisters / Alderfer
Bergen Peak

If only some website had a database of Front Range Trails. :twisted:

I know that they are listed on this great site, but looking for rides so good they change your attitude for days.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby maddslacker » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:24 am

Gdb49 wrote:I know that they are listed on this great site, but looking for rides so good they change your attitude for days.

That's a pretty subjective requirement.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Greg Heil » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:24 pm

skibum wrote:Greg,
Dragon's Back? Maybe Devil's Backbone?



Uhhhhh yeah that's what I meant :oops: Dragon's back was Virginia the other week.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Greg Heil » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:25 pm

maddslacker wrote:
Gdb49 wrote:I know that they are listed on this great site, but looking for rides so good they change your attitude for days.

That's a pretty subjective requirement.


+1 totally depends on the person.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Gdb49 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:06 pm

maddslacker wrote:
Gdb49 wrote:I know that they are listed on this great site, but looking for rides so good they change your attitude for days.

That's a pretty subjective requirement.

I know you're right, but don't you think there are some trails that are on such a different level that no one can argue their greatness? Who doesn't love Buffalo Creek or Halls Ranch? Everytime I ride a place like those, I can't focus on anything but going riding again. Work suffers and my wife accuses me of loving my bike more than her for the next few days. Everyone has those rides and I thought that would be a fun list to put together.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby John Fisch » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:22 pm

Believe it or not, I've met a few people who don't get excited about Buff Creek and more than a few who don't like Hall Ranch.

As long as we're all individuals, we're likely to find both awesome and disappointing. Part of the joy lies in the discovery--when you find a place that, at least for you, meets or exceeds the hype. My list of such rides is fortunately much longer than my list of disappointing rides.

I agree that every ride listed on this thread so far are "on such a different level" and highly encourage you to explore them all. Hopefully your experience will confirm.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby maddslacker » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:02 pm

Gdb49 wrote:I know you're right, but don't you think there are some trails that are on such a different level that no one can argue their greatness?

If only some website ranked trails by their greatness. :lol:
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby maddslacker » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:04 pm

skibum wrote:Believe it or not, I've met a few people who don't get excited about Buff Creek and more than a few who don't like Hall Ranch.

I like Buff Creek, but it's by no means my favorite.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Greg Heil » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:13 pm

maddslacker wrote:
skibum wrote:Believe it or not, I've met a few people who don't get excited about Buff Creek and more than a few who don't like Hall Ranch.

I like Buff Creek, but it's by no means my favorite.


Totally agree with this right here. Pretty good? Sure. Best trail in the world? Hardly. But that's my 2 cents.
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