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    Top 5 Front Range rides.....

    Wondering what was on peoples short list of favorite rides that will be rideable during the warmer days this winter so nothing west of peak2peak. I'll start.
    1. Jamestown loop is the bee's knee's for me right now.
    2. Horsetooth mtn park. Just found this yesterday. Pretty awesome.
    3. White ranch......ummm....classic frange saddle time.
    4. Hall!
    5. Walker.....home field advantage.

    Just for fun, but feel free to chime in.

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    Dakota Ridge usually stays dry except maybe the stairs, and is always a hoot.
    Hall Ranch stays mostly dry, at least the rock garden
    Green Mtn area is usually dry
    Ummmm, MOAB.... just do a winter trip, way fun, no crowds
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    SSV, horsetooth, zorro/DR/MW, big white ranch, Grand junction
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    missed the warmer part.. but those are my favorites in general..
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    I like the winter trip idea. Maybe that's gotta be the new plan for the bad dump that is sure to come soon.

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    Mt Falcon from the bottom, upper loops, then link up with LotB.

    Green Mt. -> Dakota -> Red Rocks -> Matthews Winter -> Dakota -> Green Mt.

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    lair o the bear to falcon top to bottom, lair o the bear and pence park, centenial cone, apex, and look out + apex all are fun in the rain and exceptionaly fun in the snow, looking forward to some good winter riding now that mtb season is over

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    Heres my list but I have only hit about 20 of the front range
    1. Hall
    2. Sourdough
    3. Winter park
    4. Apex
    5. Matthew winters

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    Mine are all close to home on the north end of the front range.

    1. Devil's Backbone / Blue Sky / Coyote / Indian Summer
    2. Horsetooth Mtn Park / Lory
    3. Pineridge / Maxwell / Shoreline / Foothills / Michaud
    4. Young's Gulch / Hewlett Gulch
    5. Bobcat Ridge

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    1. Deer Creek
    2. 3 sisters with deissere
    3. White Ranch
    4. Hall
    5. LTOB

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    My wife
    a friends wife
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    blue dots
    dakota ridge

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    My wife
    a friends wife
    HAHAHA
    That made me laugh - thanks~!
    Maybe not a joke? But glad I'm not your friend just in case...
    Note to self - be sure not to meet or befriend lidarman or let him meet my wife...

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    2nd your wife
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    Quote Originally Posted by dash
    2nd your wife
    whoops


    I share

    ...especially since she does.

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    I haven't ventured out to jeffco but:

    schoolbus and beyond
    local selection of goods within two minute ride of my house
    hall/heil(looking to the future)
    SSV/sourdough
    walker
    dots

    I need to venture a bit

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    Killpecker
    West Valley>South Valley>Nomad>Blue Sky>Devil's Backbone (and back)
    Horsetooth Mountain Park
    Hewlett's Gulch (on a weekday when the water is low)
    Old Flowers
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    Secret trails - all five of them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kchri
    Secret trails - all five of them...
    Those are killer!

    My tastes change with the wind.... But I NEED to spend more trail time in Fort Collins area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Those are killer!

    My tastes change with the wind.... But I NEED to spend more trail time in Fort Collins area!
    You NEED to ride (shuttle) Killpecker.
    singlecrack

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    Mine are all close to home on the north end of the front range.

    1. Devil's Backbone / Blue Sky / Coyote / Indian Summer
    2. Horsetooth Mtn Park / Lory
    3. Pineridge / Maxwell / Shoreline / Foothills / Michaud
    4. Young's Gulch / Hewlett Gulch
    5. Bobcat Ridge



    And the stuff up 34 which shall not be named

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    Good job! Sweet stuff for sure.

    When I was up rode Devils, BlueSky & Indian summer and really liked it. Also did Youngs Gulch and liked that. Did Halls and that was the most fun trail I did - just continuous tech if you had the lungs. Might have done some of HOrse Tooth/Lory's but not sure.

    So my list would read........
    1 - Hall Ranch
    2 - Young Gulch
    3 - Devils/BlueSky/Indian
    4 - Mt. Lion
    5 - Aldefere/3 Sisters

    Not sure if the last 2 are considered Front Range or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    Mine are all close to home on the north end of the front range.

    1. Devil's Backbone / Blue Sky / Coyote / Indian Summer
    2. Horsetooth Mtn Park / Lory
    3. Pineridge / Maxwell / Shoreline / Foothills / Michaud
    4. Young's Gulch / Hewlett Gulch
    5. Bobcat Ridge
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    Waterton the Co. Trail to old South Platte townsite and return

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    Must speak up for trails below palmer divide. List can't be complete without attempting cheyenne canyon ie: (captain jacks, columbine, chutes, jones downhill); rampart reservoir. All are excelent rides and well worth the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman


    I share

    ...especially since she does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluchris
    You NEED to ride (shuttle) Killpecker.

    You can (shuttle) yourself by riding up FS road 300 then down Killpecker to your car

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    Quote Originally Posted by onbelaydave
    You can (shuttle) yourself by riding up FS road 300 then down Killpecker to your car
    Yea, you can also ride up the back side as well (CR-517 i think). Last time I road it we came from Green Ridge Rd and then up to 517.
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    I order of preference:

    1. XKLSF KLK ASFIL (name altered to protect the innocent)
    2. Horsetooth
    3. Bobcat/Ginny
    4. Walker
    5. DBB

    somewhat ambivalent about these, but they are so damn close:
    1. Hall (riding this at lunch time today)
    2. Heil (Love the new stuff, do not love the old)
    3. Rabbit MTN (I actually hate it)
    4. James Canyon OHV (really, who enjoys that ST up at the top?)

    New stuff close by that I really want to ride ASAP:
    1. Jamestown loop (need a guide)
    2. SSV (I know, I know, how can it be that I have been here 2 years and NOT ridden this?)
    3. Ned dots (see SSV for explaination)
    4. White Ranch (see SSV for explaination)


    What else is there with in 45 minutes of Longmont? Except for all the "SECRET" trails that no one will discuss here?

    Oh and I really want to try Lidarman's Wife, though I don't know where this trail is, but I'm always running into people that recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kberkle
    Must speak up for trails below palmer divide. List can't be complete without attempting cheyenne canyon ie: (captain jacks, columbine, chutes, jones downhill); rampart reservoir. All are excelent rides and well worth the time.
    There is NO good riding down here, we wish we could live up north and ride those sweet trails, too bad we are soooo far away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluchris
    You NEED to ride (shuttle) Killpecker.
    SS'ed up Killpecker this summer. Probably my greatest achievement ever. Leave the road to the damn moto's and be a real man, ride up Killpecker! j/k Shuttling is way more fun just felt like I had to prove something.

    My list and preferably all after the sun sets:

    1. Youngs/Hewletts/Dadds
    2. Beaver Meadows to Killpecker
    3. Lory/Horsetooth even though the pay to play blows.
    4. Blue Sky, Devils Backbone, Indian Summer
    5. Bobcat Ridge only when no one else is on it

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    Here's mine

    (For the purposes of this list, I'm defining 'Front Range' as anything within an hour drive of my house, so that excludes Buffalo Creek, Kenosha, and Winter Park.)

    1. White Ranch-
    I love all the combinations you can make. And there's great variety Mustang and Long Horn trails are a blast, Belcher Hill is a long gut busting climb, and there's sections that are just flowy and fun. This was the easiest ranking to make.
    2. Mtn Lion trail Golden Gate Canyon St. Park-
    The shortest ride on my list and it's pushing the hour drive limitation but it's so much fun I had to list it. It's a great after work ride during the long daylight months. On any given week night, there's a good chance you're the only person on the trail. Which is a little scarey considering how technical it is.
    3. Dakota Ridge~Matthew Winters-
    Close to where I work. It's a little short but you can use Zorro trail to link it with Green Mtn for a longer ride with more climbing. Technically, it's great fun and there's usually something different about the trail that challenges me everytime I ride there (which is often b/c of proximity to office).
    4.Chimney Gulch to Apex and back-
    A lot of people don't like Apex but I had to list something that included Apex because I think it's a blast. Usually, I park at Golden City Brewery climb up Chimney to the nature center, down the Enchanted Forrest and Apex, up Pick & Sledge and back. Beer never tastes so good when you get back to the GCB.
    5. Waterton Canyon, Colorado Trail, Indian Hills-
    You go as far as you like and you get the typical Colorado Trail experiance. For the most part, it's flowy buffed out single track proving it doesn't HAVE to scare you to be fun. Once you get past the benchs, it's not crowded in the least- even on the busiest weekend days. The canyon is a quick warm up.

    I just spent way too much time typing that.

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    Rode out to Bobcat Ridge and did a few loops on Ginny today (11-17-07). I can say that this in one of top rides with in riding distance of the house other than Lory, Horsetooth Mnt, and Blue Sky. I have only been in CO about 3 weeks, so I really don't have much to compare it to. Love the flow, climbs, views, and war zone vibe. So, when was the fire out here?


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    When it's cold and the snow is falling all around the surrounding areas, I'll still be riding the sweet singletrack around the Pueblo Rez.

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    Below the Palmer Divide

    1. Red Rocks Park
    2. Capt'n Jacks/Chutes
    3. Falcon Trail
    4. Rampart Res
    5. Always looking for somthing new.

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    Am I the only one who thinks Bergen Peak is a top 5 FR ride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandan
    Am I the only one who thinks Bergen Peak is a top 5 FR ride?
    No, I'd ride Bergen Pk a lot more often, if it was closer. But winter riding was one of the criteria of this thread...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandan
    Am I the only one who thinks Bergen Peak is a top 5 FR ride?
    No, you're not. Rode it Saturday and the Bergen Peak Up and Too Long down is about as good as it gets. Gotta be the hardest climb around here.

    5. Matt Winters DR Zorro
    4. Aldefer 3 Sisters w Dedise
    3. White Ranch
    2. Mt Falcon LOB loop
    1. Bergen Peak

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouncy_rig
    1. Red Rocks Park
    2. Capt'n Jacks/Chutes
    3. Falcon Trail
    4. Rampart Res
    5. Always looking for somthing new.

    There are trails South of the Palmer Devide? Darn, just sold my house in the Springs to build near APEX

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtoomuch
    Rode it Saturday and the Bergen Peak Up and Too Long down is about as good as it gets. Gotta be the hardest climb around here.
    Hmm, hardest climb around here? I'd have to say that W Ranch is right there with it, esp. if you climb up Longhorn, and/ or include upper Belcher...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser
    No, I'd ride Bergen Pk a lot more often, if it was closer. But winter riding was one of the criteria of this thread...
    missed the winter part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtoomuch
    No, you're not. Rode it Saturday and the Bergen Peak Up and Too Long down is about as good as it gets. Gotta be the hardest climb around here.

    5. Matt Winters DR Zorro
    4. Aldefer 3 Sisters w Dedise
    3. White Ranch
    2. Mt Falcon LOB loop
    1. Bergen Peak
    Were one of you riding a SS? If so we passed you at the shed, but you guys passed us at the switchback where my buddy cut his knee open pretty good. Didn't stop us though. In fact it was a great day. I cleaned both the big rock drop and the left around the tree drop on Too Long, first try. Fun. I'm sure you guys had a blast too.

    1-BP
    2-Z->DR->MW to finish the loop
    3-WR
    4-Falcon
    5-(winter) Slickrock in moab.
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    Trails South of the Palmer Divide

    Sorry about the move, I am sure glad to get another bike off the trails down here.


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    Maybe you all should try the great singletrack around the Pueblo Reservoir. I'm tellin' ya', it's usually rideable much of the winter. Just don't ride it when it's muddy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtoomuch
    No, you're not. Rode it Saturday and the Bergen Peak Up and Too Long down is about as good as it gets. Gotta be the hardest climb around here.
    It's tough, but I think the hardest climb is Belcher Hill from bottom to top. Kind of like discussing which Victoria's Secret model has a better body- it comes down to personal preference.

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