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    Any good 3-4 hour+ rides on the front range?

    Looking for a new ride around the Longmont, Fort Collins, boulder area, I've been doing lots of hour or so rides recently and realized I haven't done a good long ride in awhile. Like to have some fun fast downhill sections rather than super techy or flat. But I'll try anything.

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    The trails east of Fort Collins could be combined to suit the time and milage you're looking for. Check out BlueSky/ Lower Horestooth and Lory parks, maxwell and shoreline. See the route of this ride and add as you like, e.g., BlueSky, higher Horsetooth and Lory: Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Maxwell, lower Lory Park, and Harmony road with Thomas. near Fort Collins | Times and Records | Strava.
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    Any good 3-4 hour+ rides on the front range?

    In the interest of full disclosure, you would have to drive a bit South to my neck of the woods for this one:
    Indian Creek Loop
    You could also depart from the Indian Creek Campground, then take the Colorado Trail down to the South Platte, and back.

    In the Loveland/Fort Collins area, I'm sure you could get plenty of saddle time if you linked some combination of Devil's Backbone, Blue Sky, Indian Summer, RimRock, and Coyote Ridge with the trails in Horsetooth Park.

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    Red Mountain open space north of Ft. Collins is good.

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    If Heil opens back up you can ride Heil/Picture Rock/Hall and then reverse it and have a nice long day with LOTS of great descending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thebig1 View Post
    Red Mountain open space north of Ft. Collins is good.
    Have you ridden the trails up there recently (since the rains)? I've been up to Soapstone Prairie a handful of times but I've never mountain biked Red Mountain. Has the rain packed down the trails at all? It's such a beautiful area.

    Oh, and Walt- based on my discussion with a BoCo ranger yesterday afternoon at Rabbit Mountain, that ain't happening any time soon.

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    As Walt said, in the future Heil/Hall can be connected for a long ride. Centennial Cone from Mayhem is maybe 16-17 miles, probably on the short end of your request but still good. Buff Creek is a little further away but lots of miles to be ridden. West Mag in Ned, but finding your way around there without a guide can be tough.

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    [QUOTE=smmokan;10743990]Have you ridden the trails up there recently (since the rains)? I've been up to Soapstone Prairie a handful of times but I've never mountain biked Red Mountain. Has the rain packed down the trails at all? It's such a beautiful area.

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    Yes, rode the area about two weeks after the flood, did about 30 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thebig1 View Post


    Yes, rode the area about two weeks after the flood, did about 30 miles.

    I'm assuming you rode parts of Soapstone in order to get 30 miles in?

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