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    Coal Creek Canyon and Magnolia trails?

    I recently moved up to coal creek canyon. I know about walker ranch, but I was wondering what other trail options there were up here. I have also been riding a lot on magnolia, but I have no Idea where the trail goes. I go up through pinecliff, then right on county rd. 97 up to magnolia. If you take a left, there is a trailhead in about a mile that is good, but don't know where it leads. If you take a right on magnolia, there is a dirt road in about a mile which acesses some good trails too. Once again, i don't know where they go. It seems like the two would connect, but I haven't ridden far enough either way to find out. There is some great terrain in there and I would like to find a map of this trail. I think it's called Reynolds park maybe??? Does anyone else ride here, and know of a map. Or maybe I could hook up with someone to ride and learn the route. This isn't the west magnolia trail because it's on the other side of hwy 119, but I think they connect. Any help would be appreciated.

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    ps. I would also like to meet other riders in my neighborhood.

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    I recently moved up to coal creek canyon. I know about walker ranch, but I was wondering what other trail options there were up here. I have also been riding a lot on magnolia, but I have no Idea where the trail goes. I go up through pinecliff, then right on county rd. 97 up to magnolia. If you take a left, there is a trailhead in about a mile that is good, but don't know where it leads.

    this is the half way point between west mag and the boy scout trail/dots

    If you take a right on magnolia, there is a dirt road in about a mile which acesses some good trails too.

    boy scout trail/dots


    Once again, i don't know where they go. It seems like the two would connect, but I haven't ridden far enough either way to find out.

    yes they do

    There is some great terrain in there and I would like to find a map of this trail. I think it's called Reynolds park maybe??? Does anyone else ride here, and know of a map. Or maybe I could hook up with someone to ride and learn the route. This isn't the west magnolia trail because it's on the other side of hwy 119, but I think they connect. Any help would be appreciated.

    about a block down magnolia from 119/72 there is a single track on the left side of the road that will lead you east to all this. Boot trail maybe?

    get the boulder county bike trail map from a LBS and all these trails are on there. I live off Lazy Z road(one block east of 97 off magnolia). So much good stuff to ride up there

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    See the latitude 40 map of Boulder County. Most of those trails are on there.


    http://latitude40maps.com/bldrco.html

    example from the website


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    Also:

    Online Maps for Dots & West Mag (From the BMA website, other maps there as well...)

    http://boa-mtb.org/resources/Dots.JPG
    http://boa-mtb.org/resources/West%20Mag.JPG

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    Actually, I'm looking for something to get me to GGP from magnolia over Mt Thornton. Anything like this exist?

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    cool. i know where Lazy Z road is. Give me a call. we should meet up to ride.

    303-642-8823. or email me at nick@zinncycles.com

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    cool

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    Living in Coal Creek

    Hey Wigston,

    My dad lives in Blue Mountain right as you enter Coal Creek. I'm up there a lot of weekends and do a good amount of riding on the dot trails. I'd love to show you around. I'm still discovering new trails, but I know many of the possible loops. The other day I found one that took me through what was practically a rainforest (for CO) and dropped me on an old service trail right below Nederland dam. Pretty schweet.

    I'll PM you my email so we can meet up and ride.

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    hey doggy, can I get in on that too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    hey doggy, can I get in on that too?
    Pshya.

    Check your PM's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    The other day I found one that took me through what was practically a rainforest (for CO) and dropped me on an old service trail right below Nederland dam. Pretty schweet.
    Yeah, I did this one by mistake on an after-work ride. I just had to know where that spur went. Nice coastie DH.

    Dam looks pretty cool from the bottom looking up, and all the tourists from the lookout seem to get a kick out of pointing down at the itty bitty biker at the bottom..

    Not so much fun going back up in the dark

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    looks like dogdude and I will possibly be doing a sunday morning ride up around the dots and over towards west mag. If anyones interested let me know. I hoping for a start of 8-9am.

    can meet at either end or the middle.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    I hoping for a start of 8-9am
    hmmm... make it 9 (or 9:30 ) and i might be in.

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    hey ter,

    let me see what dogdOOd says, might work. I just need to be finished by noon-ish to do some stuff.

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    Sunday morning works fine. Only problem is that my bike is out of commission right now. If the part I need comes in today, then I'm totally down to ride. I'll post up tonight with an update.

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    There goes the neighborhood...

    Holy crap. I've been living in Coal Creek since 1988. Now there are TWO other riders?

    Getting crowded.

    I live near Crescent Park, so I can ride over to Walker via Gross Dam, or ride over to Golden Gate and access the trails from Gap Road. Between those two parks alone, that is at least 40 miles of trails. If you live up by Lazy Z, you can ride the gnarly 4WD trails on the west side of Gross very easily. Then Boy Scout/Dot/West Mag, etc. Eldora for Jenny Creek. Lots of 4WD roads west of Rollinsville, too. Then there is Caribou.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honkinunit
    you can ride the gnarly 4WD trails on the west side of Gross very easily.
    shhhhh!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by honkinunit
    I live near Crescent Park, so I can ride over to Walker via Gross Dam, or ride over to Golden Gate and access the trails from Gap Road. Between those two parks alone, that is at least 40 miles of trails. If you live up by Lazy Z, you can ride the gnarly 4WD trails on the west side of Gross very easily.
    Ummm...can you show me some of this stuff?

    Noob-

    I'm all set to go, except for some squeeky brakes (normal). Shall we say 9 am at 606 and West Mag? Does that work for you gotdirt?

    We're gonna have a crew.

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    9 am then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    Ummm...can you show me some of this stuff?

    Noob-

    I'm all set to go, except for some squeeky brakes (normal). Shall we say 9 am at 606 and West Mag? Does that work for you gotdirt?

    We're gonna have a crew.
    I'm typically making breakfast with the kiddos about that time on a weekend but may try to meet you out there since I just got back from being rained out tonight (btw, West Mag + rain = horse crap soup). Gotta decide between that and getting some tree work done that I've been putting off all summer..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    Shall we say 9 am at 606 and West Mag? Does that work for you gotdirt?
    that should work fine... i'd say i'm 85% in (slight chance i may head to rollinsville & jenny creek as i haven't been up that way 'cept in the jeep).

    ...though i don't (think i) know where 606 is?? i've only ridden up there twice-- once starting from the high school, and once from the trailhead off of 119.
    clue me in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thump
    I'm typically making breakfast with the kiddos about that time on a weekend but may try to meet you out there since I just got back from being rained out tonight (btw, West Mag + rain = horse crap soup). Gotta decide between that and getting some tree work done that I've been putting off all summer..
    That would be great. If you want to ride in the afternoon, I'm free tomorrow. I'll PM you my email if you're interested. Regardless, we should meet up to ride sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    that should work fine... i'd say i'm 85% in (slight chance i may head to rollinsville & jenny creek as i haven't been up that way 'cept in the jeep).

    ...though i don't (think i) know where 606 is?? i've only ridden up there twice-- once starting from the high school, and once from the trailhead off of 119.
    clue me in.
    606 appears to be the middle trailhead on the map above. There are only two places to park between where West Mag hits 119 and it intersects county road 97. The first (as coming from 119) is the natural gas station (just a bunch of pipes sticking out of the ground). The second is 606. It is labelled with one of those bendy vertical plastic forest service signs. I'll try to get there a little early. I'll be in a grey Volkswagen hatchback.

    I'm happy to meet elsewhere if people want, 606 just seems to be the most central trailhead.

    Why would you ride alone at Jenny Creek when we're gonna have a posse at the dots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump
    I'm typically making breakfast with the kiddos about that time on a weekend but may try to meet you out there since I just got back from being rained out tonight (btw, West Mag + rain = horse crap soup). Gotta decide between that and getting some tree work done that I've been putting off all summer..

    I hear ya, I got chased back in the house from the ridge above by lightening, Ground strikes everywhere.

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    ter, heres the map with our meet place marked, look for the big red dot. roads are marked now as well. just go up cr 97, left on magnolia then about two miles to the trail head



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    Sorry to butt in, but was wondering how difficult the dot trails are. I rode boot and reboot and most of w magnolia on friday and had a great time, but didn't have time to do the dots from the middle trailhead. I'm looking for advanced beginner for my wife to ride. The dots don't look like they'd be too steep from looking at the contours, but you never know. She took a fall over at magnolia last wk on some steep rocky spot and is a little fearful now, if you know what I mean, so I need a confidence builder. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    I hear ya, I got chased back in the house from the ridge above by lightening, Ground strikes everywhere.
    Yeah.. I was just a bit into West Mag when they started.. One hit close enough to make me decide it was time to park the bike and find some rock cover. Pretty intense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokefork
    Sorry to butt in, but was wondering how difficult the dot trails are. I rode boot and reboot and most of w magnolia on friday and had a great time, but didn't have time to do the dots from the middle trailhead. I'm looking for advanced beginner for my wife to ride. The dots don't look like they'd be too steep from looking at the contours, but you never know. She took a fall over at magnolia last wk on some steep rocky spot and is a little fearful now, if you know what I mean, so I need a confidence builder. Thanks
    I would say that most of the blue dot is pretty easy, but there is a middle section that is quite difficult. There are sections that I would dare call "unrideable." Trails with any hike a bike are probably not good confidence builders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokefork
    Sorry to butt in, but was wondering how difficult the dot trails are. I rode boot and reboot and most of w magnolia on friday and had a great time, but didn't have time to do the dots from the middle trailhead. I'm looking for advanced beginner for my wife to ride. The dots don't look like they'd be too steep from looking at the contours, but you never know. She took a fall over at magnolia last wk on some steep rocky spot and is a little fearful now, if you know what I mean, so I need a confidence builder. Thanks
    Overall I'd say the dots are a bit more technical than West Mag, but not by much. A beginner could certainly ride them, but there are some sections she would probably want to walk. There's a couple spots further over on Reboot that are loose rock and then several sections from Blue to Red Dot that are steeper and rocky, including one that's a little rock chute. None of it's overly challenging but she should probably be comfortable with the West Mag level of terrain before heading over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogdude222
    There are sections that I would dare call "unrideable."
    Agreed, there are two little sections of steep, rocky climb that I'd put into the hike-a-bike category unless you've got some solid trials skills.

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    I don't think I have to worry about her trying to clean anything tech at this point, at least not until the huge bruise on her thigh goes away. Thanks for the info, we'll just walk the tough spots. What a beautiful area, lots of different terrain and vegetation.

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    All this talk of the dots got to me and I rode it this morning, I only seem to make it up there once a year, and I've got no idea why, it's a blast. Too bad about the logging, though. Oh, and I saw my first yellow leaves of the season.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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