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    New to Night Riding . . .

    New, as in a buddy and I just bought lights and have yet to use them. Looking for a little guidance--not a What's the Best Night Rides on the Front Range--but more like, where is it ok to night ride? Where should we avoid?

    Most of my research indicates it is likely illegal most places, but that doesn't stop anyone and it seems no one pursues those who do it. Or do they? I'm told that Green Mountain is fine, but what about places like Apex? Lair o Bear? Matthew Winters? The Evergreen trails? Etc. I hope to start out on a trail or two that I know well until I get a bit more comfortable. Should I plan to park somewhere other than the trailhead?

    Any tips?
    "Fair is foul and foul is fair." from Macbeth

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    I'd suggest following the rules please.

    We don't need any rogue night riders giving other users a reason to close trails to MTB's.

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    JeffCo Open Space parks = NO NIGHT RIDING

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    Ok, so where is it ok to night ride? Not trying to go rogue or cause trouble, just looking to have some fun.
    "Fair is foul and foul is fair." from Macbeth

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    Locally, I think Green Mountain until 10:00pm.?

    Jeffco trails, here's how the rule reads:

    C.21.a. It shall be unlawful to enter, use, or occupy Open
    Space lands from one (1) hour after sunset to one (1) hour
    before sunrise. Fine: $50.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebelman View Post
    Ok, so where is it ok to night ride? Not trying to go rogue or cause trouble, just looking to have some fun.
    National Forest is fine - Buff Crik being the obvious portion...

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    Thanks Wiggs, Skared. I appreciate it. Haven't been to Buff creek in too long, so that sounds like a good excuse. Cheers.
    "Fair is foul and foul is fair." from Macbeth

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    New to Night Riding . . .

    If you head north then Boulder City trails (aka S Boulder Trails) are open at night but Boulder county open space is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggs View Post
    I'd suggest following the rules please.

    We don't need any rogue night riders giving other users a reason to close trails to MTB's.
    This.
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
    Where we should go,
    We just ride...

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    You can come south and ride ridgeline.
    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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    It is true GM is open until 10pm. And JeffCo will pursue rule breakers. MTG was riding White Ranch and got a $50 fine. He didn't even realize it was illegal until he got the fine. Crappy way to find out.
    You have just been mentally Rick Roll'd. Yup you're thinking about it right now aren't you? Don't fight it.

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    Ok--thanks for the info, guys. I am definitely not looking to break rules for the hell of it. I didn't think anyone cared/pursued the issue, but I stand corrected. We will try some of the suggestions here. Looking forward to it.

    Cheers
    "Fair is foul and foul is fair." from Macbeth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebelman View Post
    Ok--thanks for the info, guys. I am definitely not looking to break rules for the hell of it. I didn't think anyone cared/pursued the issue, but I stand corrected. We will try some of the suggestions here. Looking forward to it.

    Cheers
    On a somewhat related topic, did you get a headlamp too or just bar mount lights? Since you're new to night riding, I thought I'd share my limited experience. I don't ride at night much (just the 18 Hrs of Fruita every other year) and I found the headlamp invaluable. Having light shining on where you want to go (rather than where your bars are pointed) gave me a lot more confidence and safety.

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    Thanks Fusker. Yeah, I got a pretty powerful head lamp, and I have another lesser light for the bars. I am hoping to join some buddies for a 24 hour race next summer, so I planned ahead (while the wife thought it was "necessary").
    "Fair is foul and foul is fair." from Macbeth

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    Re: New to Night Riding . . .

    Are you able to swing a Thurs night ride?

    Tits crew can show you some goods

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    Just did my first real night ride @ Buff Creek last with a large group on Saturday and it was freaking awesome. It's on a whole new level. I would recommend getting a secondary light; one on the helmet and one bar mounted.

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