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    Front Range Riding - October 2013

    Hello all,

    I am an intermediate rider that is planning to visit a fellow mountain biking friend in Broomfield, CO the second week of October.

    From what I can tell, most of the trails near and around Boulder/Broomfield were recently washed out and not rideable - correct? I would love for someone to confirm this.

    Because of the flooding, we are looking south and west of Denver for one or two full-day rides. I have found Buffalo Creek Trails and it looks pretty great.

    Are there any other trails that I MUST hit while I am out there?

    I also have a question about the altitude. Coming from Missouri (where our "mountains" are the Ozark hills which have an average of 700-800 ft. elevation gain) I am worried about my abilities with 2,000+ ft. of gain and thin air.

    I have visited CO many times skiing and never had major issues, but that was about 5 years ago. Any midwest riders made a trip out to CO and lived to tell the tale?

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    Buffalo creek is perfect. Kenosha pass would be great for seeing the fall colors. Pace yourself and you probably won't asphyxiate. If you do, get off the trail before passing out so you don't mess up someones Strava run.

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    All depends what you are into. Sadly there is a bunch of trails closed do to flooding and It's snow in the mountains right now :/. I would think this isn't the end of Kenosha but you never know.

    BUFF creak is just that - BUFF! Tons of that kitty litter gravely smooth single track that goes on for miles. While that area lacks the absurdly long, steep climbs and high elevation you'll find in other parts of the state, every time i've gone there I've ridden ~20 miles and 3k of climbing. You'll hang out mostly between 6-8k. I find things start to get weird above 10K personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    I find things start to get awesome above 10K personally.
    Fixed that for you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post

    Don't miss Black Jack if you like tech.
    FYI, Blackjack is featured in this month's Dirt Rag if you want to read a review.

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    May want to consider a trip to
    Curt gowdy

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    Thanks for all the replies. Will look into the other suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hernando Gutierrez
    The only thing you have to figure out is don't fall down. To keep riding the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusky21 View Post
    May want to consider a trip to
    Curt gowdy
    +1. As long as there is no snow when you visit, Curt Gowdy would be an excellent place for you to ride.

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    Centennial Cone is in perfect condition, and real close to Broomfield. (52 minutes, but who's counting). One of my favorites, with breathtaking views and awesome riding.
    It is 17 miles if you start at the Mayhem Gulch trailhead, and might take you three hours if you are intermediate and not used to altitude. I recommend going clockwise when Mayhem meets up with the main loop. It's a lollipop route, basically.

    On another note: Anyone recommending Blackjack to someone who described themselves as intermediate is trying to murder that visitor. I am above intermediate and shat myself even walking those sections.

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    Great suggestions! BC is the best IMO! I only ride there about once or twice a year but I usally put in 20-30 miles and about 3k vert. It's my favorite place to ride and would easily entertain you for two days. Centennial cone is also awesome and apparently in good shape! Man, I miss that trail! Have fun

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    I've never ridden Peaks trail btwn Breck and Frisco...how are the aspens/fall colors there?

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    Fort Collins is fun too. Lory State park connects to Horse Tooth park and then down to blue sky and Indian summer. There are 30+ miles of trail there, to get to the good stuff though means doing the big climbs. If you are not up for that Curt Cowdy is a good option. I could probably show your around on the 8th.
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    Where's the best place, Front Range or within 2 hours of Denver, to ride nice tight singletrack through aspen groves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Fixed that for you.

    Haha. True story. I'll be the guy whining on the way up and passing you on the way down

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    Haha. True story. I'll be the guy whining on the way up and passing you on the way down
    It's unlikely you'd be whining more than moi.

    And I go last on the DH. That way NOBODY passes me.

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    Thanks for the Fort Collins suggestions and offer to show me around. I won't be arriving until the 10th and I am meeting up with a friend and we are focusing south and west of Denver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onpaperwings View Post
    Thanks for the Fort Collins suggestions and offer to show me around. I won't be arriving until the 10th and I am meeting up with a friend and we are focusing south and west of Denver.
    BC and Cone. Enjoy.

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    Definitely ride Centennial Cone. It's in great shape. If you're an intermediate rider coming from MO, you may not want to start at Mayhem Gulch, but instead use either of the 2 lots that start higher up on the main loop. I moved here from St. Louis 13 years ago, and can attest that Front Range "intermediate" is not Missouri "intermediate".

    Note: If you ride CC on the weekend, it's only open to bikers on even numbered days. I would highly recommend riding it during the week, as it gets very busy on the weekends.
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    may be worth driving up to the fort and ride lory, horsetooth mtn park, blue sky to devil's backbone. Most if not all are open at the moment. Lot of milage you can cover too.

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