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    Denver ride recommendations for a Non-Denverite..

    Hey
    So I am spending the whole week of Thanksgiving in Englewood, and am bringing the bike. I've never ridden anything in Denver before, so am a little clueless.
    Any good recommendations in that near vicinity? my days are pretty packed while I am there, so would prefer to not drive all over the place.
    Thanks for any advice, or maybe a good bike shop to stop at as well for maps.

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    nice photos Anne, if we get any snow pre turkey day, I would try hall ranch, walker ranch or one of the more sun exposed jeffco trails. all within an hour of denver metro.

    but don't let a little snow scare you many of the trails are still doable with a couple inches of snow on the ground. just bring some warm gear. temps could be anywhere for the 30s to 70s

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    nice photos Anne, if we get any snow pre turkey day, I would try hall ranch, walker ranch or one of the more sun exposed jeffco trails. all within an hour of denver metro.

    but don't let a little snow scare you many of the trails are still doable with a couple inches of snow on the ground. just bring some warm gear. temps could be anywhere for the 30s to 70s
    Thanks for the advice! Yeah, your weather is even more of a trip than Fruita. I have been out in Denver about every weekend this fall and am amazed how warm it is, and how fast that changes. Good to know that stuff can be ridden after snow as well.

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    Dang girl, you know how to take a picture. Very nice. You ever met icegeek? From an unexperienced photography perspective, you both have similar styles and tastes.

    Being in Colorado Springs, I don't have a lot to contribute to your thread, but I will contribute that.
    A trail thatís too difficult wouldnít exist because itíd never be used. But, trails can exist thatíre too difficult for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    Dang girl, you know how to take a picture. Very nice. You ever met icegeek? From an unexperienced photography perspective, you both have similar styles and tastes.

    Being in Colorado Springs, I don't have a lot to contribute to your thread, but I will contribute that.
    Thanks. Nope don't know icegeek.

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    Other than checking the forum for what rides are going out on the days you are here (common occurrence), you might want to see if Troy at Over the Edge has the Tom Barnhart book 'Front Range Single Tracks' and pick from there. Depending on where you are going to be in Denver (south/north/Golden) might dictate where you are willing to drive to.

    But really, invariably there will be people heading out for rides, and they often show up here - keep a look out for those of us hooking up for rides that week and join in!

    And yes, your photos are awesome!

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    Hi Anne,
    From Englewood, you are
    ~10 miles from Waterton Canyon.
    ~10 miles from Red Rocks Amphitheater/MathewWinters Park.
    ~10 miles from Bear Creek State Park.

    All are enjoyable rides with great photo-ops.
    MOJO is a great bike shop close to you. 285 and Sheridan
    5790 W Dartmouth Ave, Denver, CO 80227

    hth
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    someday when I grow up I want to have a website half a cool as yours.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Stunning photos.
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    Close to Englewood try Deer Creek Canyon. Nice variable terrain. You could also add a few easy miles at South Valley for a warm up. Also close is Red Rocks/Matthew Winters/Dakota Ridge. This would be a good option if it snows. It'll dry out quick. Lair o the Bear is close as well and good for a solid 12 miles of wooded XC terrain.

    Google Jefferson county open space for maps of those.

    If you have a full day to spend I'd check out Buff Creek for some fast and swoopy ST riding.

    Was out Fruita way last weekend and had a great time in the Bookcliffs and Lunch Loop areas. Have fun on the FR.
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    I suck at denver, I guess englewood is more south, sorry

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    This will help...

    http://co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/...e_T56_R108.htm

    There should be an overview map.

    Look into areas:

    Deer creek, Mt. Falcon, Apex & Chimney Gultch. If it does happen to snow, look into Dakota ridge, Green Mountain and the Kathy Johnson trails just north of Deer Creek.

    Those will be the best places to go based on your location. You can print maps with trails from that website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    nice photos Anne
    GrannyAnnie....appearing monthly in DirtRag and/or Bike magazine. I'm a fan. Not a stalker....just a fan.
    yep...

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    If you have full days I'd suggest Buff Creek or the Springs.

    Not mentioned yet are Alderfer/3 Sisters & Bergen.
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    If you like rollers, Colorado Springs... with a tour guide.
    A trail thatís too difficult wouldnít exist because itíd never be used. But, trails can exist thatíre too difficult for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    If you like rollers, Colorado Springs... with a tour guide.
    Sign me up.

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    your photos of tara are very heartfelt... brings the "realness" of her accident home.
    . . .

    as others have indicated-- post up when you think you might want to head out, and i'm sure you'll get a tour guide or two willing to show you around.

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    Close (20-30 mins):

    Waterton Canyon (nice climb once past the 6 mile canyon road)
    Lair O The Bear (another close one and a fast ride after the climb)

    A little further (45-60 mins):

    Evergreen/Three Sisters/Bergen Peak/Ponderose (All in the Evergreen area- great trails)
    Buffalo Creek- Definitely park up high near the campground parking lot and do the CO trail and Green Mountain Loop. This is one of my favorites within an hour. You can ride here all day if you want. It's mostly flowing and fast but there are some loose and rocky sections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Sign me up.
    I'm not talking about me... unless it's Friday the 23rd, which I just learned I have off from work. Who knew.
    A trail thatís too difficult wouldnít exist because itíd never be used. But, trails can exist thatíre too difficult for you.

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    Did those when I was up there this summer and they are both very nice, fun trails. Some nice climbing and some nice descents, not too technical.

    Also did Hall Ranch and that was uber fun and only a little North of you. (if I remember correctly)

    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    If you have full days I'd suggest Buff Creek or the Springs.

    Not mentioned yet are Alderfer/3 Sisters & Bergen.
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    Here is a list of rides that can be reached in approximately 30 minutes from Englewood:

    - Waterton Canyon/Colorado Trail/ Roxborough loop (or Indian Creek loop)

    Jefferson County Open Space trails:
    - Deer Creek
    - Mt Falcon
    - Lair of the Bear/Westridge
    - Green Mtn
    - Dakota Ridge/Mathew Winters
    - Apex (just don't shuttle and run a Downhill bike/full face helmet !!!!!!)
    - Chimney Gulch/Beaver Brook/Lookout Mtn
    - White Ranch

    Maps and directions can be found here:
    http://co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/...e_T56_R108.htm

    You can also reach the town of Evergreen trails in approximately 40-45 minutes from Englewood. These trails are:

    Alderfer 3 Sisters/ Dedisse Park
    Elk Meadows/Bergen Peak

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    Awesome!!

    All of you are awesome! Thanks for all the replies and advice, that's super helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebus
    GrannyAnnie....appearing monthly in DirtRag and/or Bike magazine. I'm a fan. Not a stalker....just a fan.
    Damn, I'm waiting for the day when I get to have real live stalkers......!

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    Anne, here to visit Tara Llanes I take it? I read she moved her leg in the pool a few days ago.

    I suggest as others, Dakota ridge, Apex, Centennial Cone. You will like them. It's not a far drive from englewood compared to other places.

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    oh you've been stalked alright...
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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