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    Minimal rocky trails in Boulder County

    Can anyone suggest minimally rocky trails in Boulder County that are near Nederland? It may be too late for a novice rider to ride these trails now because of weather but I am looking for a good place to go either now or much later in Spring 2008.

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    Hersch

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    Not near Ned, but the G-friend ride is Marshall Mesa/Community Ditch/now add Doudy Draw. Just south of Boulder proper.

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    Magnolia

    I'd suggest the Magnolia area, just south of Nederland. There is a rock now and again, but overall lots of nice, twisty singletrack.

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    Marcia,

    Thank you very much for suggesting the Magnolia area. I checked some maps and they showed Magnolia as being considerably east of Nederland - approximately 1/2 way to Boulder. Can you be more specific as to where I might locate these trails?

    Thanks again,

    Hersch

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    Sure! From the roundabout in Nederland, drive south on 119 like you were heading to Rollinsville. At the edge of town, past where you turn off to the ski area, you'll go up a series of switchbacks. Pretty much at the top of the hill, You'll see a road to the left named Magnolia. Directly across from there is the first trailhead to the West Magnolia area. You can park there and go, or drive down the dirt road a bit to the other trail heads.

    Here is a map of the trail:

    http://boa-mtb.org/resources/WestMagFS2005r.pdf

    During the winter, we go there to snowshoe run, cross country ski and such. It is also nice in that you can let your dog off leash.

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    Minimal Rocky Trails in Boulder County

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbjedi1
    Not near Ned, but the G-friend ride is Marshall Mesa/Community Ditch/now add Doudy Draw. Just south of Boulder proper.
    mtbjedi1,

    Thank you for your suggestion. I have located Marshall and Mesa and will have to check it out as I am not familiar with that particular area.

    Thank you,

    Hersch

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    Minimal Rocky Trails in Boulder County with Map pdf

    Marcia,

    The written directions plus the Map (pdf) are great and I certainly would have missed this without this additional information. The dual use aspect of snow shoeing is also interesting and I will check this aspect as well.

    Really excellent material - thanks again for all of your help here.

    Hersch

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    Surprised no one mentioned Centennial Cone. About a 40 minute drive from Nederland, and it's so smooth it's almost paved. Long climbs, rolling downhills -- a fun ride if you're not looking for technical stuff.
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    My personal Boulder fav. Betasso loop.

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    walker ranch isn't too rocky, well... with some exceptions

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    Re Minimal Rocky Trails in Boulder County

    Quote Originally Posted by Manmountain Dense
    Surprised no one mentioned Centennial Cone. About a 40 minute drive from Nederland, and it's so smooth it's almost paved. Long climbs, rolling downhills -- a fun ride if you're not looking for technical stuff.
    Thanks for this suggestion. I had to look it up on Google but there were a lot of references to Centennial Cone. It received high praise and I will definitely check it out. Also numerous favorable reviews on this forum.

    Thank you.

    Hersch

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99
    My personal Boulder fav. Betasso loop.

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    Erik,

    Thank you for this suggestion.

    Hersch

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    walker ranch isn't too rocky, well... with some exceptions
    Thank you for your suggestion. I have never been there but I will check it out.

    Thanks,

    Hersch

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    I would suggest avoiding sourdough/south st vrain(if you don't like rocks). although these are exceptional trails once you start to like the rocks
    Last edited by nOOby; 10-21-2007 at 04:32 PM.

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    centennial cone is sssssmooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    I would suggest avoiding sourdough/south st vrain(if you don't like rocks). although these are exceptional trails once you start to like the rocks
    You mean that some people don't like the rocky trails in the Rocky Mountains?
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    sounds like Hersch doesn't like the rocky mnts rockier trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveM
    You mean that some people don't like the rocky trails in the Rocky Mountains?
    Dave, that means one less rider on sourdough/ssv.etc. More trail for us rock lovers!
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    I haven't ridden it in years but I remember Switzerland trail being pretty smooth. It's more of a road than a trail I guess. As others have mentioned, "The Cone" is a buffed out trail.

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    But the cone is a wildlife sanctuary, I've heard its full of lions and cobra snakes. Better take a gun and don't go at night!

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    and bigfoot lives there. and the boogeyman.
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