Mountain Biking Colorado's Front Range: From Fort Collins to Colorado Springs

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Heaven on two wheels. Colorado's Front Range offers a wealth of mountain biking options, from scenic cruising trails to heart-pumping, demanding singletrack. So get on your bike and ride.
Local mountain biker and author Stephen Hlawaty outlines more than fifty great rides near the major Front Range communities of Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs. Explore alpine trails near the historic tungsten and gold mining towns of Nederland and Ward, discover ...

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Overview

Heaven on two wheels. Colorado's Front Range offers a wealth of mountain biking options, from scenic cruising trails to heart-pumping, demanding singletrack. So get on your bike and ride.
Local mountain biker and author Stephen Hlawaty outlines more than fifty great rides near the major Front Range communities of Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs. Explore alpine trails near the historic tungsten and gold mining towns of Nederland and Ward, discover off-the-beaten-path routes in the Red Feather Lakes area, and ride along an old narrow-gauge train bed to the Continental Divide at its highest crossing in North America. Insider tidbits about the area's rich history, attractions, and wildlife make this more than just a trail guide. Also included: detailed ride descriptions; trip distances and approximate riding times; easy-to-read maps; ratings for aerobic level and technical difficulty.
Wherever you ride and whatever your skill level, let Mountain Biking Colorado's Front Range be your guide to this mountain biking paradise.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762725557
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Series: Regional Mountain Biking Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,363,202
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., raised in Queens, N.Y., but mellowed in Colorado, Stephen Hlawaty has definitely found a home within the Centennial State's Rocky Mountains. His mellowing is a consequence of a certain peace of mind one finds in narrowing ones priorities. Loving his wife, Amanda, and sharing time together with their dog Moab in the mountains has left this one-time city slicker in a mellow mood.

Writing for a variety of local and national outdoor and technical publications, Stephen still finds time to refuel his soul by mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and backpacking in the surrounding mountains near their Livermore cabin. When not offering his blood, sweat, and tears to the outdoors, he does so on the mat while training in Aikido, the Japanese martial art of self-defense.

Author of Mountain Biking Colorado (AFalconGuide, spring 2003)

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
The Four Regions xi
Mountain Biking Guidelines xiii
How to Use This Guide xiv
Honorable Mentions xv
Elevation Profiles xv
How to Read the Maps xv
Map Legend xvi
The Rides: Fort Collins Region 1
1. Killpecker Trail 3
2. North Lone Pine Trail 8
3. Mount Margaret Trail 13
4. Lower Dadd Gulch Trail 18
5. Young Gulch 23
6. Hewlett Gulch 27
7. Mill Creek Trail 32
8. Devil's Backbone 37
Honorable Mentions
A. Beaver Meadows 42
B. Lone Pine Trail 42
C. Kelly Flats Trail 43
D. Foothills Trail 43
E. Old Flowers Road 44
Boulder Region 45
9. Rabbit Mountain 47
10. Hall Ranch 52
11. Heil Valley Ranch 57
In Addition: International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) 63
12. Ceran St. Vrain Trail 66
13. Jamestown Loop 72
14. Boulder Valley Ranch 77
15. East Boulder Trail/White Rocks 82
16. Sourdough Trail 86
17. Switzerland Trail 91
18. Betasso Preserve 96
19. Meyers Homestead Trail 101
20. Walker Ranch Loop 105
In Addition: Mountain Lions 110
21. Marshall Mesa/Community Ditch Trail 112
22. Fourth of July Road 116
23. Eldorado Canyon State Park 121
24. Rollins Pass 126
25. Mountain Lion Trail 132
26. White Ranch 137
Honorable Mentions
F. Buchanan Pass Trail 142
G. Bald Mountain Trail 142
H. Boulder Creek Path 143
I. Eaton Park 143
J. Winniger Ridge Dot Trail System 144
K. West Magnolia Trail 144
Denver Region 145
27. Chimney Gulch Trail 147
28. Apex Park 152
29. Barbour Forks 156
30. Hayden/Green Mountain Park 161
In Addition: HandleBar & Grill 166
31. Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks Trail 168
32. Argentine Pass 173
In Addition: Narrow Gauge Railroad 179
33. Elk Meadows and Bergen Peak 181
34. Mount Falcon Park 187
35. Alderfer/Three Sisters Park 192
36. Meyer Ranch Park 197
37. Coyote Song Trail 202
38. Deer Creek Canyon Park 207
39. Waterton Canyon 212
In Addition: The Truck Stops Here--Any And All Bikes 217
40. Reynolds Park 220
41. Kenosha to Georgia Pass 225
42. Kenosha Pass to Lost Creek Wilderness 230
43. Pine Valley Ranch to Buffalo Creek Mountain Bike Recreation Area 235
44. Baldy Trail to Gashouse Gulch Trail 241
Honorable Mentions
L. Kingston Peak Loop 246
M. South Platte River Greenway 246
N. Cherry Creek Singletrack 247
O. Chatfield Reservoir State Park 247
P. Castlewood Canyon State Park 248
Colorado Springs Region 249
45. Raspberry Chautauqua Mountain Trail 251
46. Lovell Gulch Trail 257
47. Rampart Reservoir Shoreline Loop 262
48. Waldo Canyon Trail 267
49. Captain Jack's Trail 272
50. Shelf Road 277
Honorable Mentions
Q. Ute Valley Park 282
R. Palmer Park 282
S. Garden of the Gods 283
T. Barr Trail 283
U. Section 16 284
Appendix A Map Resources 285
Appendix B Bicycle Clubs and Trail Groups 286
Appendix C Bicycle Camps and Clinics 287
About the Author 288
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