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    Anyone ever ride in State Forest? (Pics)

    We went camping in State Forest State Park for the first time last weekend (isn't that the most descriptive name you've ever heard for a park?). It is located about 70 miles west of Ft. Collins between Rocky Mountain NP and the Wyoming border. I was surprised to learn that they have over 90 miles of MTB trails there. Has anyone ever ridden there? I'm bringing my bike next time!

    The Nokhu Crags.




    It looks like some of the mountain bike trails are really jeep trails, but there is quite a bit of singletrack. It is about as close as you can get to MTBing in RMNP.



    Lake Agnes (did I mention you can bike here?!?).


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    man, that last picture is perfect, any chance you could email me a high res version?

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    I've not been there... but I'm going this weekend. Thanks for the pics!

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    Backcountry skied in there before but never been in the summer.

    So many cool places to go!

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    Nice photos and find, Kristian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian
    Beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian
    Has anyone ever ridden there?
    I've not ridden there, but your post has encouraged me to try it. Looks like it was warmer for your visit than for our visit in January(-14 degrees):
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    I've not ridden there, but your post has encouraged me to try it. Looks like it was warmer for your visit than for our visit in January(-14 degrees):
    Cool (literally)! Did you stay in a yurt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian
    Cool (literally)! Did you stay in a yurt?
    Yes. 2 nights - 4 adults - 5 kids. Lots of fun!
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    sgltrak, definitely not a thread derailment. In my 22 years in Colorado, I have never heard of this park. I am admittedly very intrigued and see no harm in posting pics of the place, regardless of the season. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristian
    Please don't discuss trail names and locations of pictures posted above. Thanks!
    I'm confused...

    [SIZE="1"]thanks for disclosing both.[/SIZE]


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    Hey thats our yurt

    Those Col's in the upper left of pic above Lake Agnes are classic ski lines.

    Good pics, makes methink I may have to get up there tomorrow.

    But I'm not sure any of that stuff is a total secret, it's a state park.

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    ...or is that just your usual signature, Kristian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by athalliah
    I'm confused...

    [SIZE=1]thanks for disclosing both.[/SIZE]

    Yeah, you know how much I don't like to discuss trail names and locations online. I debated about posting this, but there is NO ONE on the trails in this park. The campgrounds of course were packed, but on the trails themselves, we only saw 4 people in over 8 miles of hiking.

    Besides, it's remote enough (for people who don't live in the Fort) that it will never see the hordes of riders that the real front range trails see. I see this as an under-utilized trail system and I apoligize to anyone if I posted pictures of their secret stash...

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    When did they reopen the trail to Lake Agnes to MTB's ?

    My trips the past 20 yrs since it was "Open", had a large 'No Bikes" sign in the parking lot at the cabin.

    In any event it makes no difference. 50 -60% grade over 3/4 mile = unridable, legal or not.

    It IS a great area to just get out and explore on both sides of the road (HY 14).

    Secret Stash ??? Hardly. Most people are just too busy driving from the Fort to the 'Boat to sample the more local fare.

    It is a State Park with most of what you need to know HERE.

    For MTB specifics go to their PDF download map HERE
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    That is a cool picture K.. I wanna go there too

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    No idea. I didn't notice any "no bikes" sign, and it is listed in their free "moutain biking and hiking trails" guide without any reference to bikes being outlawed (although it does mention some fire and fishing restrictions).

    You're right about the trail though--it is only .8 miles long and much of it would be a hike-a-bike up. It would be fun to ride down most of it though. I just think it would be unique to ride there since I've always had fantasies about riding some of the high altitude stuff in RMNP. I am interested in doing the American Lakes trails on the bike (which also could be a lot of hike-a-biking), and the stuff on the other side of the highway.

    Edit: I just checked the pamphlet and it does mention no biking on that trail. That's kinda cheezy to have a pamphlet of "mountain biking and hiking trails" where some of the trails are not MTB friendly....my bad.

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    Some pics 4th of july weekend a few weeks back...went fishing up at Agnes. Lots of ice still.

    American Lakes is a great trail. 2x i've had horseback riders tell me it's closed to cyclists, but everywhere i've looked online says it's good to go.

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    How was the fishing?

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    American Lakes is one of my secret rides, and yes it is open to bikes. The big 20' sign at the junction with Upper Michigan Ditch says so.

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    At least your yurt was above ground and the sun was out. It snowed 7 '2" yes 7 feet in the three days we were back here:

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    any guesses?
    There is a clue in the photo below

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    At least we were prepared

    Nice pics!!!
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