Front Range Trails

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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby mtbgreg1 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:17 am

skibum wrote:
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maddslacker wrote: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.


This all goes back the the "geographic skewing" of the ratings. A certain level of accessibility is required to ride a trail. We'd probably all put The Whole Enchilada and The Downieveille Downhill ahead of Buff Creek, but how often do we actually get to ride those? But Buff Creek is always there for us, without requiring us to take a week's vacation or dip into the kids college fund. Maybe it deserves extra points on that account.


Well, it's close for some of us :lol:
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby John Fisch » Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:35 pm

Gdb49 wrote:This all goes back the the "geographic skewing" of the ratings. A certain level of accessibility is required to ride a trail. We'd probably all put The Whole Enchilada and The Downieveille Downhill ahead of Buff Creek, but how often do we actually get to ride those? But Buff Creek is always there for us, without requiring us to take a week's vacation or dip into the kids college fund. Maybe it deserves extra points on that account.

Great point. I have the Whoe Enchilada on the top of my list for the spring, so I'm glad to hear you rate it so highly. Looked crazy good on the video.[/quote]


Just be sure it's rideable. The top of the route is 11K feet, so it doesn't melt out until late spring or even summer in a good snow year (and by then, the bottom of the route is scorching hot). Fall is best, plus you get the aspens up high! But even if you go in spring and are limited to just the original porc, you're still getting a primo ride! It's pretty impossible to not have a great time even if you can't do the whole thing.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Gdb49 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:41 am

Just be sure it's rideable. The top of the route is 11K feet, so it doesn't melt out until late spring or even summer in a good snow year (and by then, the bottom of the route is scorching hot). Fall is best, plus you get the aspens up high! But even if you go in spring and are limited to just the original porc, you're still getting a primo ride! It's pretty impossible to not have a great time even if you can't do the whole thing.[/quote]

Looking for an epic spring trip. Would Fruita be better in the spring and hit Moab/ The Whole Encilada in the fall? Thinking of taking one of those 3 day MTB coarses somewhere outside of the area, to learn and experience a new biking area. Any suggestions on areas or camps? Tired of sucking, need to take a class and speed this process up!
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby maddslacker » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:07 am

Fruita and Moab are both great spring trips, you might just have to skip the very top section of the Enchilada is all.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby John Fisch » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:35 pm

I did a 3-day BetterRide camp and it was worth every penny. The improvement in my techncial skills was fantastic. The unexpected benefit was that the improvement in technique meant I could execute difficult moves while expending much less energy--so the improvement in efficiency translated directly into not getting winded so easily and added endurance for long rides.

Ditto on Fruita and Moab. Even if you can't ride the very top of the Whole Enchilada (Burro pass or Burro and Hazzard), just hitting UPS, LPS and/or just the old Porc proper, you're gonna have a great time . . . + all the other magnificent stuff Moab has. Ditto Fruita. Since they're reasonably close to the Front Range, you should have no trouble hitting one or both each season.

My personal preference is to hit Fruita in the Spring and Moab in the Fall, and try to squeeze in another trip to one or both somewhere else along the line. Since Fruita is on the way to/from moab, you can always hit both (and other great rides along the I-70 corridor )in a single trip (time permitting).

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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby mtbgreg1 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:39 pm

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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby John Fisch » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:50 pm

Oh, btw, the BetterRide camp I took was actually in Fruita, so bonus!
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Gdb49 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:47 pm

Sold. I had heard good things about BetterRide, but it's nice to hear it from someone without a vested interest. Looked them up and they give lessons in several great spots. Wish I didn't have to wait for spring. Thanks for another great peice of advice.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Gdb49 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:37 pm

So all of you that did participate in this thread and seemed to think Buffalo Creek did not belong on top. What would you pick as the number one ride if you could only pick one trail?
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby John Fisch » Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:32 pm

Here's a list of singletracks I would ride ahead of Buff Creek. While the length of the list might imply I don't think highly of Buff Creek, nothing could be further from the truth--there's just a lot of really stupendous singletrack out there! (and these don't even take into account all those still left on my bucket list--I haven't even ridden Crested Butte or Durango).

In Arizona:
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... -loop.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... point.html

In California:
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... nhill.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... round.html

In Colorado:
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... rails.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... trail.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... rocks.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... rails.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... uache.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... trail.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... world.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/red-hill.html

In Montana:
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... -loop.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... ateau.html

In New Mexico:
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... anyon.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... anyon.html

In Utah:
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... -mesa.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... ntain.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... e-rim.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... ntain.html
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails ... crest.html

In Wyoming:
http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/rock-creek.html
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Gdb49 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:19 pm

Skibum,
Wow what a list! All but one in Colorado was already on my dream list and the Downieville downhill from California. Will try to ride your list and shoot you a thank you when I'm done. Most of the states are in my travel radius, so it might happen within a year or two. Hopefully Arizona and NM can be hit this winter- Sedona looked awesome. Thanks for all the time you put into your response.
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Gdb49 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:45 pm

Okay, I've made the list for next season. Took all the Colorado trails listed on the top 100 and added all the trails listed on this thread. I will also hit Crested Butte and Fruita heavily and sneak a couple out of state trails. Thanks for all the input, could not have put together this high of a quality of a list without your help.
Buffalo Creek
Monarch Crest
Colorado Trail
18 Roads Trail
Trail 401
Kokopelli Area Trails
Hall Ranch
Lair O’ The Bear
3 Sisters/Alderfer
Bergen Park
Mount Falcon Park
Doctor Park
Peaks Trail
Red Rocks/Dakota Ridge
Brockover Mesa/Turkey Springs
White Ranch
Lunch loop/Tabeguache
Phils World
Palmer Park
Walker Ranch
Deer Creek Canyon
Apex Park
HTMP
Hermosa Creek Trail
Falcon Trail
Hartman Rocks
Copper Triangle
Centenial Cone Park
Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman
Red Hill
Golden Gate Canyon
Cheyenne Mtn State Park
Limbaugh Canyon
Monument trails/ Stoopid Trail
Peaceful Valley
Sourdough Trails
South Saint Vrain
Buchanan Pass
Devils Backbone

Pueblo South, Ute Valley Park, and Palmer Park for the winter!!!
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby SB27rider » Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:22 am

Gdb49 wrote:Okay, I've made the list for next season. Took all the Colorado trails listed on the top 100 and added all the trails listed on this thread. I will also hit Crested Butte and Fruita heavily and sneak a couple out of state trails. Thanks for all the input, could not have put together this high of a quality of a list without your help.
Buffalo Creek
Monarch Crest
Colorado Trail
18 Roads Trail
Trail 401
Kokopelli Area Trails
Hall Ranch
Lair O’ The Bear
3 Sisters/Alderfer
Bergen Park
Mount Falcon Park
Doctor Park
Peaks Trail
Red Rocks/Dakota Ridge
Brockover Mesa/Turkey Springs
White Ranch
Lunch loop/Tabeguache
Phils World
Palmer Park
Walker Ranch
Deer Creek Canyon
Apex Park
HTMP
Hermosa Creek Trail
Falcon Trail
Hartman Rocks
Copper Triangle
Centenial Cone Park
Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman
Red Hill
Golden Gate Canyon
Cheyenne Mtn State Park
Limbaugh Canyon
Monument trails/ Stoopid Trail
Peaceful Valley
Sourdough Trails
South Saint Vrain
Buchanan Pass
Devils Backbone

Pueblo South, Ute Valley Park, and Palmer Park for the winter!!!


dang, that is a lot of riding!
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby Gdb49 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:01 am

I have no life, very boring person, leaves a lot of time for riding. Along with an obsession to get good at this sport-tired of sucking!!!
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Re: Front Range Trails

Postby mtbgreg1 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:51 am

Gdb49 wrote:I have no life, very boring person, leaves a lot of time for riding. Along with an obsession to get good at this sport-tired of sucking!!!


If you ride all those trails next year, I can guarantee you that will NOT be boring!
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