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    One Day in Golden

    I'll be in Golden around March 22nd or 23rd and was wondering 1) are the trails rideable yet, and 2) what one trail should I not miss for my one ride?

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    Kinda depends what you like, but looks like you're from Durango -
    White Ranch would probably be hard to go wrong (unless there's snow between now and then). A good tough climb, some techy, and good views.
    Trails are all pretty rideable right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andychrysler
    Kinda depends what you like, but looks like you're from Durango -
    White Ranch would probably be hard to go wrong (unless there's snow between now and then). A good tough climb, some techy, and good views.
    Trails are all pretty rideable right now.
    Yeah, looking for an advanced ride....I'm fine with (and seeking) tough climbing and technical descending.
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    White Ranch for sure.

    Total crapshoot on whether it'll be rideable then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    White Ranch for sure.

    Total crapshoot on whether it'll be rideable then.
    Thanks. How far is it from town? I will be without vehicle for the day.
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    If the weather is still holding out, I would suggest Apex - http://www.jeffco.us/jeffco/openspace_uploads/apxmp.pdf

    Apex / Pick-n-Sledge / Grubstake / Sluicebox / Apex / Ecnchanted Forest / Apex


    Also Dakota Ridge / Matthew Winters - http://www.jeffco.us/jeffco/openspac...ds/mattwin.pdf

    or even up Chimney Gulch (Lookout Mountain) - http://www.jeffco.us/jeffco/openspac...ads/windys.pdf connect to Apex from the top and then go down thru Enchanted Forest


    Here are the parks along the Front Range - http://www.jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R108.htm

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    +1 up chimney/lookout, south to apex, down enchanted forest to bottom apex, climb back up picknsledge/grub/sluice to top of apex back north and down chimney/lookout.

    aka the horseshoe. plus you can ride from and to town and finish with a beer or 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint John
    Thanks. How far is it from town? I will be without vehicle for the day.
    Trailhead's about... 4 miles from town?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint John
    Thanks. How far is it from town? I will be without vehicle for the day.
    From Down Town Golden, White ranch is about 2 miles, and about 20 minutes bike ride (its a little uphill). Prolly 8 minutes back. Chimney gulch to APex is a great one from down town, and it about 10 minutes via bike ride to get there.

    Not having a car, you'll be in a good spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosehead
    +1 up chimney/lookout, south to apex, down enchanted forest to bottom apex, climb back up picknsledge/grub/sluice to top of apex back north and down chimney/lookout.

    aka the horseshoe. plus you can ride from and to town and finish with a beer or 10.
    Chimney/Apex goes great together. I quit doing this with friends cuz they always wanna bail out and just take the bike path back to Chimney instead of reversing and going back up Apex down Chimney.

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    I've only ridden it once, but i was actually not a big fan of the White Ranch climb. There were too many loose rocks. The downhill was pretty nice though. I do love Apex to Dakota though, and i personally love Mt Falcon. The climb is a real endurance test, and the way back down is awesome if you go balls out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raceface9465
    I've only ridden it once, but i was actually not a big fan of the White Ranch climb. There were too many loose rocks.
    The Belcher climb has little to do with fun. It's a grind. The loops at the top, however, and the "alternate" routes back down are the best in the Golden area IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    The Belcher climb has little to do with fun. It's a grind.
    I was thinking the same thing. It's like a shuttle that you have to peddle.
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
    Where we should go,
    We just ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    The Belcher climb has little to do with fun. It's a grind. The loops at the top, however, and the "alternate" routes back down are the best in the Golden area IMO.
    ah, see when i went, the south side was 100% dry, and then all the stuff on the North side was somewhat snowed over and had some mud along the way. I didn't do many of the loops at the top, just Maverick to Longhorn back to the bottom. The DH looked sick despite the snow, i'll give it that, i just didn't enjoy the climb as much as i do Mt Falcon and Apex. I look forward to doing WR again with the north face clear and dry though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raceface9465
    ah, see when i went, the south side was 100% dry, and then all the stuff on the North side was somewhat snowed over and had some mud along the way. I didn't do many of the loops at the top, just Maverick to Longhorn back to the bottom. The DH looked sick despite the snow, i'll give it that, i just didn't enjoy the climb as much as i do Mt Falcon and Apex. I look forward to doing WR again with the north face clear and dry though.
    Yes... you need to ride WR more before counseling others not to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Yes... you need to ride WR more before counseling others not to.
    I never said not to ride it, i just said i wasn't a big fan of the climb, which others seemed to agree with me on.

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    you picked the wrong day to be here because the Apex DH race is on the 22nd and 23rd..

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    Quote Originally Posted by $ally Hu$tle
    you picked the wrong day to be here because the Apex DH race is on the 22nd and 23rd..
    I don't mind other visitors. Are they using every single trail in the Golden area?
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