Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder: Great Recreational Rides in the Front Range Area

Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder: Great Recreational Rides in the Front Range Area

by Robert Hurst

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Hidden in and around Denver and Boulder are some great roads, trails, and bike paths that are fun to explore. Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder describes 40 great recreational rides in the metro areas. With most rides between 5 and 30 miles—including road rides, rail trails, bike paths, and mountain bike rides—it's easy to find an interesting place to ride. Each route includes complete directions, a map, a text description of the area you'll be riding, the GPS coordinates of the start/finish point, and color photos of one the ride's features. Also included is information on local restaurants, lodging, maps, bicycle shops, other facilities for cyclists, and community resources.Look inside to find:• Detailed maps and directions• Rides that explore the city as well as the surrounding area.• A variety of rides, from 5-mile trail rides to 60-mile destination ridesand everything in between• In-depth information about each ride, including length, terrain,traffic conditions, and road hazards• Interesting facts about each area• Options to create longer or shorter rides

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762782529
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 06/16/2013
Series: Best Bike Rides Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert Hurst is a native Coloradan who is just happy to be in one piece after working for more than ten years as a professional bike messenger in Denver. He has cycled more than 180,000 miles and 18,000 hours in heavy traffic. He celebrates his continued survival by spending time in the mountains, and by riding the world's most excellent trails. Mr. Hurst is also the author of The Cyclist's Manifesto, The Art of Cycling, Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains and Road Biking Colorado's Front Range.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction ix

Trail Etiquette x

Ride Finder xiv

Map Legend xvii


Mountain Bike Trails


Denver Area

1 South Denver Bike Path Loop 2

2 Cherry Creek Lariat Loop 8

3 Platte-Clear Creek Loop 20

4 The Three-Park Tour 27

5 Lookout Mountain Loop 36

6 The Morrison Figure-8 42

7 Squaw Pass-Echo Lake 48

8 Kerr Gulch 54

9 South Platte-Big Dry Creek Loop 60

10 Platte-Highline-Lee Gulch Loop 66

11 Crown Hill Park 72

12 Deer Creek Canyon Park 76

13 South Valley Park 82

14 Hildebrand Ranch 88

15 Mount Falcon 94

16 Lair O'the Bear 103

17 Hogback-Matthews/Winters 109

18 Chimney Gulch-Apex 115

19 North Table Mountain 122

20 Mayhem Gulch-Centennial Cone Loop 127

21 Bear Creek Lake Loop 133

22 Dedisse-Three Sisters 139

23 Bergen Peak-Elk Meadow 145

24 Waterton Canyon-Indian Creek 151

25 Ridgeline 157

Briefly Noted: Other Great Denver-Area Rides 162

Boulder Area

26 Wallstreet 169

27 Flagstaff Hillclimb 174

28 West Boulder Loop 180

29 East Boulder Path Loop 187

30 Big Thompson-South Saint Vrain Mega Loop 195

31 Teller Farm 202

32 Niwot Lasso 207

33 Coal Creek Trail 214

34 Heil Valley Ranch-Picture Rock Out-and-Back 222

35 Hall Ranch 228

36 Flatirons Vista-Springbrook 233

37 The Dirty Bismark 238

38 Switzerland Trail Loop 244

39 Betasso Preserve from Town 250

40 Sourdough Trail 256

Briefly Noted: Other Great Boulder-Area Rides 261

Rides at a Glance 263

Source Notes 265

Index 267

About the Author 269

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