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    Good DH near Denver

    So I looked at other threads and couldn't find any good answers but I was wondering where some good DH techy trails are near denver.

    I've been biking the front range for a while now and would like to find something with tacky dirt and steep decents with fewer xc bikers and hikers.

    Thanks for your input!

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    Yeah... there's none of that. Winter Park & Keystone are your best bets.

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    Go to the ski areas that are designed for that sort of use. Otherwise, you're going to have to deal with the "hikers and XC riders" who are in your way.

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    Shuttle apex.

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    Keep searching, they exist, however imo, tacky dirt and technical don't usually go together.

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    I heard there's some great shuttle DH near...wait a minute...


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    There is an obvious demand for a DH trail close to Denver but those in power like their trails groomed to to keep the spandex wearing set safe. They then complain if anyone dares ask if there are any shuttle worthy trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitecrwlr View Post
    There is an obvious demand for a DH trail close to Denver but those in power like their trails groomed to to keep the spandex wearing set safe. They then complain if anyone dares ask if there are any shuttle worthy trails.
    "Shuttle worthy" is one thing. "Trails that you could/should shuttle" is quite another. Like zrm mentioned, there's just all those hikers and other bikers who keep getting in the way, darn them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MCS5280 View Post
    Shuttle apex.
    Please don't. There are already enough A-holes not yielding on that trail.

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    There are hiking only trails. Why can't there be biking only trails? There is a demand. I've seen full face helmets on Mt Falcon, Apex and even Dakota Ridge.

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    Go buy a dirt bike and ride rampart. With an engine, every trail is DH.

    Or ride up the public trails and yield to climbers, hikes horse riders etc.

    Or go to WP/SV and make friends. You just might learn the double secret DH handshake and gain access to endless miles of super gnar trails.

    Or go buy some land and roll your own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitecrwlr View Post
    There are hiking only trails. Why can't there be biking only trails? There is a demand. I've seen full face helmets on Mt Falcon, Apex and even Dakota Ridge.
    Open Space organizations don't work by the classic supply/demand rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitecrwlr View Post
    There are hiking only trails. Why can't there be biking only trails? There is a demand. I've seen full face helmets on Mt Falcon, Apex and even Dakota Ridge.
    I agree, why not? There are directional and bike only trails in Grand Junction and Fruita(free lunch, pucker up, pbr).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn W. View Post
    I agree, why not? There are directional and bike only trails in Grand Junction and Fruita(free lunch, pucker up, pbr).
    Because BLM. There is very little BLM land around here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rizz View Post
    Please don't. There are already enough A-holes not yielding on that trail.
    I ride Apex regularly and everybody I run into(hikers, xc riders, and dh riders) has been very courteous. Maybe you're the A-hole if you're having a hard time getting along with people. If people going down hills bothers you that much, just ride Apex on the odd days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz View Post
    Wow, that trail looks really fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan12210 View Post
    I ride Apex regularly and everybody I run into(hikers, xc riders, and dh riders) has been very courteous. Maybe you're the A-hole if you're having a hard time getting along with people. If people going down hills bothers you that much, just ride Apex on the odd days.
    I can see the front side of Apex from my back yard. I see A-holes everyday that don't yield. Yesterday some asshat in a bright pink shirt and full face helmet (that you?) made three hikers literally jump off the trail. Smooth move....making friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn W. View Post
    I agree, why not? There are directional and bike only trails in Grand Junction and Fruita(free lunch, pucker up, pbr).
    GJ and Fruita also don't have the population base like the Denver area does. Waaaaaaay less recreational hikers going to probably the same amount of trails as Denver Metro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rizz View Post
    I can see the front side of Apex from my back yard. I see A-holes everyday that don't yield. Yesterday some asshat in a bright pink shirt and full face helmet (that you?) made three hikers literally jump off the trail. Smooth move....making friends.
    You must have had a real busy day...watching people ride bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rizz View Post
    Please don't. There are already enough A-holes not yielding on that trail.
    I shuttle Apex. And Chimney. And Mt Falcon. And anywhere else I can get a vehicle to the top of.

    I also smile and thank people as I pass by.

    Not everyone with a full face is an Asshat...

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    There's plenty of land. Of all the BLM land available, I'd guess that .01% is actually used. You look at the square footage of any area and subtract a 3' path across it? Still plenty of space left.

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    I'm more of a xc rider, so don't do it often, but there are some places that fill the bill without the sarcasm of of some other responses. An unnamed by me trail exists that is a 2700 ' shuttle with no hikers or xc riders, easy to do 2 or 3 laps in a session. I'll let others in the dh world spell it out or go talk to those guys, they're hitting a variety of things. Yes there are trails that are too steep for xc riding, not popular with hikers and do not have moto traffic that are suitable for shuttling close to town. Good luck with your search!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitecrwlr View Post
    There's plenty of land. Of all the BLM land available, I'd guess that .01% is actually used. You look at the square footage of any area and subtract a 3' path across it? Still plenty of space left.
    Well, aside from the fact the bikes are restricted to designated trails, even on BLM land all land is used and needed by some living thing. There are no vacant lots in nature. Before you go riding your bike anywhere you want, you might want to think about more than your immediate, short term gratification.

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