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Mountain biking around Denver

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm pretty new to Denver, can any of you who have been here awhile recommend any good trails in the area. I'm pretty new to serious mountain biking but would like to find some trails that are challenging but not impossible. I tried the Red Rocks trail out of one of the Jefferson County Open Spaces yesterday and I'd like to find some more like that.


post #2 of 11
Welcome to the front range.

2 great rides close to home.

Deer Creek:

Exit Wadsworth south off 470. Go right on Deer Creek canyon Road. Follow deer creek canyon road until you see signs for Deer Creek park on your left.

Bear Creek Trail:

Exit 470 at morrison road. Travel through morrison toward evergreen. Before you get to evergreen look for Lair o' the Bear park. Use the Lair o bear trailhead to ride the bear creek trail to Pince park. Nice out and back.

Plenty of other options but these are two great trails that can entertain most skill levels.
post #3 of 11
Tons of trails in the area. Buy the little Falcon Guide book, Mountain Biking Denver & Boulder, which lists lots of trails in the area.

  • Waterton Canyon is a good place (south on Wadsworth off 470).
  • Evergreen has some nice trails -- in Alderfer/Three Sisters Park (the ride up to Evergreen Mtn is a good one since it is not very technical, but provides a good workout), or in Elk Meadow Open Space Park (lots of rolling trails, but if you're up for it, the technical grunt up to Bergen Peak can be challenging).
  • Heil Valley Ranch north of Boulder is a good beginner ride -- not technical, will make you work for it, but not impossible.
  • Hall Ranch, while a bit farther north (around Lyons) is a good place -- gets very technical in places, but fun to challenge yourself to move to the next level. I had to walk in several spots.
  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park has a very extensive trail network -- I've only hiked there, but bikes are allowed on many of the trails, and they look like they would be sweet.
  • Apex Park in Golden (from the Heritage Square parking lot off Highway 26) is one I like -- there are a number of log steps that can be challenging but nothing too difficult (hey, I managed to ride it!).
post #4 of 11
A good website with trails:

post #5 of 11
Also check out trailcentral.com... they have an extensive list of trails in the area. For a beginner, I'd suggest Green Mountain- not too technical, but a decent climb for someone new to the area.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice, that should give me a good start. It's great how many trails there are around here, kind of overwhelming though to get started. Now I just need it to warm up in Denver and keep snowing up in the mountains.
post #7 of 11

They have group rides where you just
show up and go.
post #8 of 11
Also check out the forums at www.mtbr.com. Lots of trail info and get-togethers for rides in the forums.
post #9 of 11
Is the CO Rides book still available? It's a great addition, waterproof pages, maps, directions to trailheads and small enough to fit in a pack/bag.

For a quick fix after work, I used to like to log miles at Chatfield, you can ride all the way up into Waterton Canyon from there. I lived about 5 minutes away so it was convenient, especially this time of year when the days are short. Red Rocks was a favorite of mine as was Buffalo Creek Canyon. Definitely check MTBR for trail reviews.
post #10 of 11
Shhhhh.... don't tell anyone about Buff Creek!
post #11 of 11
Uhm....yeah, terrible riding. Never go there. :
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