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    New to the area!

    On the verge of buying a new Specialized Hardrock 29er from Peloton. Looking forward to getting out and riding. I know it's gonna kick my ass for a while so what are some easy trails to start with? I've been running because of work and its not horrible but I know the hills in Horsetooth are gonna suck!

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    Welcome to board! And CO? Ft. Collins area I assume? I'm way south so I couldn't recommend anything that far north. Running is a great start you'll notice your legs being worked differently once you get out riding. Let us know how your purchase turns out.

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    Welcome to CO and to the sport. I'm in similar position, beginner to intermediate, and I enjoyed the Vally loop at Bobcat Ridge, a short drive up in the mountains. Every time I plan to ride the closer trails, something comes up, fire, snow, or rain as what we are seeing right now. But i'm planning to go to Lorry park, Blue Sky, and similar trails.
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    I'm in Wellington, I forgot to mention that. I'm just ready to get back into it!

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    Ride Horsetooth Mountain and Lory State Park Valley trails (they connect) as well as the network of trails to the South (Blue Sky). Did they drop fees to ride in?

    Next ride Soapstone area trails to the North (fee area).
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    Defiantly Blue sky Indian summer loop, and Soapstone. Most of the stuff in Horsetooth is easy too you just have to do lots of climbing.

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    The trails just outside of FTC are fairly mellow depending on your skillset. Since you're new to the area, Pineridge to Maxwell to the reservoir is a nice way to ease into the area's trails. Only one climb up the reservoir, some annoying rocks here and there, but mostly a simple ride.

    On the west side of the reservoir, the Lory and Horsetooth trails are also pretty mellow, but include more hills. Blue Sky trail below Horsetooth mountain park heads south and connects to some other cool trails like Bobcat Ridge and Coyote Ridge with a terminus at Devil's Backbone. The only issue with those THs is that you have to pay for parking.

    If you want to drive a bit for some other flatter trails, you can head out onto Hwy 14 into the mountains and check out Hewett and Youngs Gulch. Just north of you, there's Red Mountain Open Space but I haven't been up there yet, so I don't know if it is difficult or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_Mac View Post
    The trails just outside of FTC are fairly mellow depending on your skillset. Since you're new to the area, Pineridge to Maxwell to the reservoir is a nice way to ease into the area's trails. Only one climb up the reservoir, some annoying rocks here and there, but mostly a simple ride.

    On the west side of the reservoir, the Lory and Horsetooth trails are also pretty mellow, but include more hills. Blue Sky trail below Horsetooth mountain park heads south and connects to some other cool trails like Bobcat Ridge and Coyote Ridge with a terminus at Devil's Backbone. The only issue with those THs is that you have to pay for parking.

    If you want to drive a bit for some other flatter trails, you can head out onto Hwy 14 into the mountains and check out Hewett and Youngs Gulch. Just north of you, there's Red Mountain Open Space but I haven't been up there yet, so I don't know if it is difficult or not.
    Only the Horsetooth Bluesky, Soderberg, upper south, and lory parking lots charge a fee...the others mentioned are Openspace, so they are free.

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    Finally got my back and on the trails. Rode from the reservoir ridge area up to the ring line and then back on foothills trail. Was a good ride and I know I'm gonna be hurting come Sunday!

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