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    Some Boring Front Range CO Trails

    In reference to the I love where I live!!! thread I figured I would post some pictures showing those boring straight and rocky Colorado trails.

    A wet spring has sprung tons of wild flowers and vibrant green vegetation....along with near perfect trail conditions.
































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    Those trails and scenery looks like they suck!! Which trail is that exactly so I can try to avoid it in the future next time I'm down that way?....

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    Great pictures, love seeing all the greenery (since you know we don't always get that much green in the Front Range).

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    So boring!

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    Nice pics, I wish my trails were as boring as yours!!

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    Obvious photoshop job. Where are the rocks? Where are the roots?
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    But look at all the people on those trails, if you want amazing trails with no people on them you need to head to California, ya know cause there's so few people there

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    Rode once in Steamboat and had a blast. Great single track. Need to get back to CO soon.

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    Horrible! enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed Goat View Post
    Those trails and scenery looks like they suck!! Which trail is that exactly so I can try to avoid it in the future next time I'm down that way?....
    Looks like Ringtail trail from Roxborough up to Indian Creek (going from highest altitude to low in the picture sequence. )

    I too have been enjoying the intensity of the green, and the number and variety of wildflowers we have in the front range right now. Very beautiful.

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    I just finished a ride and I couldn't have said it better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crewjones View Post
    Rode once in Steamboat and had a blast. Great single track. Need to get back to CO soon.
    Moar boring from Steamboat.

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    Dude! Where's the gnar?!

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    Where is that? I think i did a loop on Emerald Mtn.

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    Seriously where is the trail.

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    I have to contribute

    Just a few pics from some rides in the overpopulated, overhyped, boring mountain biking destination of Colorado.

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    yes -- you're right, that's emerald mountain. it's was particularly gorgeous last week.

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    Re: Some Boring Front Range CO Trails

    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Seriously where is the trail.
    Yeah it's really hard to tell because almost any park you ride in CO could have all of those features. If only there was more variety... bike manufacturers would have an excuse for a new wheel size!

    I'll let myself out.

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    great pics. looking forward to getting back up there this summer.
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    I think my next holiday will be a trip to the US to A; visit my sister, B; buy a new bike, and C; ride in Moab and Colorado!

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    Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming is even more boring, please don't come here and ride :P

    (Hey, gotta try to keep someone down in CO, haha)

    Those look like awesome trails, I haven't explored much of Colorado outside of the Fort Collins and Fruita area so looks like I need to get more adventurous... when I'm not riding boring Gowdy

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Looks like Ringtail trail from Roxborough up to Indian Creek (going from highest altitude to low in the picture sequence. )
    You know your Front Range trails....started from Waterton. A nice warm up before a large chunk of climbing in a short distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    I think my next holiday will be a trip to the US to A; visit my sister, B; buy a new bike, and C; ride in Moab and Colorado!
    Sounds like a good plan.....come in mid September and you could do something like:

    Buffalo Creek > Breckenridge > Vail/Eagle > Grand Junction/Fruita > Moab

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    Steadyflow,

    This thread combines about 5 different threads all in one:
    “don't you hate that one guy..” - who lives in such a cool place
    “Passion about "Negativity"_AKA B!tch & Moan Thread!” About why it is so nice there
    “The "I almost died" Thread” - When I look at these pictures then go for a ride here
    “Annoying things other rider say” - A picture is worth a 1000 words (so Shut up!)
    “ I love where I live!!!” - yeah we get it, you are better than us!!

    These photos are like a dream to a Southern California boy, this is what I dream of when riding here, and the fact that you appreciate it only makes it better.

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    Re: Some Boring Front Range CO Trails

    Welp, I had a week long trip planned to CO in August but this thread has me second guessing it....the trails just look so LAME!

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    Great pictures! I might have to plan a trip to CO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steadyflow View Post
    You know your Front Range trails....started from Waterton. A nice warm up before a large chunk of climbing in a short distance.
    I never thought of that route. So you made it a loop and rode on the road back to your car from Roxborough to Waterton? What's the total mileage for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    I never thought of that route. So you made it a loop and rode on the road back to your car from Roxborough to Waterton? What's the total mileage for that?
    Did an out and back on Waterton canyon road.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by steadyflow View Post
    Did an out and back on Waterton canyon road.....

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    Great trails! I've never done that full loop, mostly cause 32 miles is friggen long for a fat slow guy...but I've done all those pieces on other rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mabrodis View Post
    Great trails! I've never done that full loop, mostly cause 32 miles is friggen long for a fat slow guy...but I've done all those pieces on other rides.
    Yeah I'm not studly enough for that route. The first 15 miles is pretty much a non-stop climb

    But I'm thinking that there are some shorter loops to be had if you connect from Roxborough to Waterton by road, which is about 5 miles, and then you wouldn't have to climb back up to Indian Creek.

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    I presently love my local rooty rocky chunk, but...

    Have days where I really, really miss that supah' fast hauling ass baby butt smoothness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Yeah I'm not studly enough for that route. The first 15 miles is pretty much a non-stop climb

    But I'm thinking that there are some shorter loops to be had if you connect from Roxborough to Waterton by road, which is about 5 miles, and then you wouldn't have to climb back up to Indian Creek.
    The normal Indian Creek loop is a bit shorter (Waterton to Indian Creek campground, up the single track to the junction point then left there to stay on the dirt road which wanders back to Waterton, about 27 miles total) but then you miss out on the sweet twisty downhill part of Ringtail, which, in my completely biased opinion is one of the best downhills around here. I'd say it's almost as good as the Steamboat Stinger backside descent, which is just stupid fun.

    Edit: I've only ridden Ringtail starting from the Indian Creek campground, which makes for a nice ~16 mile loop, with more than enough climbing to crush most casual riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mabrodis View Post
    The normal Indian Creek loop is a bit shorter (Waterton to Indian Creek campground, up the single track to the junction point then left there to stay on the dirt road which wanders back to Waterton, about 27 miles total) but then you miss out on the sweet twisty downhill part of Ringtail, which, in my completely biased opinion is one of the best downhills around here. I'd say it's almost as good as the Steamboat Stinger backside descent, which is just stupid fun.

    Edit: I've only ridden Ringtail starting from the Indian Creek campground, which makes for a nice ~16 mile loop, with more than enough climbing to crush most casual riders.
    My normal route is the loop starting and ending at the campground, eliminating 12 miles of Waterton dirt road.

    Ringtail isn't bad as an out and back from the campground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    ...eliminating 12 miles of Waterton dirt road.
    Sure, but then where will you practice the dodging kids and families that wander aimlessly around the road totally oblivious to the fact that bikers are coming through at 20+ mph...

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    That looks wonderful

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    My normal route is the loop starting and ending at the campground, eliminating 12 miles of Waterton dirt road.

    Ringtail isn't bad as an out and back from the campground.
    Yeah I don't mind the road warm up it goes fast and is quite scenic. Plus coming from Golden driving all the way around to the Indian Creek campground adds a good amount of car time that I end up spending riding the dirt road instead.

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    I rode in that area (stayed @ the park) for the first time a month ago. It was horrible, and boring and crowded and dusty and the sun was hot and I saw a huge rattlesnake, and, and, and, I can't wait to go back.

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    I've never seen it crowded on the loop. The campground and parking lot get pretty full, and there are a lot of horse riders that use the trail, but once you get out there, people are spread out and usually just occasional sitings.

    In fact, sometimes I wish there were more people. That is the only place I've run across a bear and 2 mountain lions.* Despite being one of the closer trails to civilization, it is the one trail that I always get the feeling that something is watching me. Probably because something is watching me! I'm usually alone, trudging up those hills, and thinking that I could be eaten and no one would even hear me screaming!

    *Not on the same day. That would be a bad day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steadyflow View Post
    Sounds like a good plan.....come in mid September and you could do something like:

    Buffalo Creek > Breckenridge > Vail/Eagle > Grand Junction/Fruita > Moab
    Sounds good, I'd better start training now though, 4000'+ of elevation gain is huge, we just don't have hills that big here!

    One more question before I'm completely sold; how is CO for microbreweries/craft beer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    Sounds good, I'd better start training now though, 4000'+ of elevation gain is huge, we just don't have hills that big here!

    One more question before I'm completely sold; how is CO for microbreweries/craft beer?
    Ah yeah......Number of Colorado breweries soars past 200 after huge 2013

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    Some Boring Front Range CO Trails

    I'll add one from Saturday morning. You can tell its rocky and boringly straight........ NOT!

    Some Boring Front Range CO Trails-imageuploadedbytapatalk1403620272.257754.jpg

    As you can see Reboot at West Magnolia is overly crowded so you wouldn't want to ride here.
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    Possible threadjack ahead!:

    I'm new to Denver--could you guys suggest a really easy trail to get my feet wet on?

    Hopefully: close to Denver, mellow, scenic. I'm still getting used to the altitude (and to being a non-smoker).

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supermoto Fan View Post
    Possible threadjack ahead!:

    I'm new to Denver--could you guys suggest a really easy trail to get my feet wet on?

    Hopefully: close to Denver, mellow, scenic. I'm still getting used to the altitude (and to being a non-smoker).

    Thanks in advance!
    Everyone's definition of 'easy' is biased, but really easy could be a mostly flat dirt road..i.e. Waterton Canyon in Littleton. If you ride to the end of it then single track starts and it becomes less easy but more fun...and from there you can go nuts with other trails.

    The Ridgeline trail in Castle Rock, or the Elk Meadows trail in Evergreen are nice easy (i.e. nothing technical) fun trails. Probably many others nearby that I just don't know about.

    More technical trails are like Mt Falcon, Lair of the Bear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mabrodis View Post
    Everyone's definition of 'easy' is biased, but really easy could be a mostly flat dirt road..i.e. Waterton Canyon in Littleton. If you ride to the end of it then single track starts and it becomes less easy but more fun...and from there you can go nuts with other trails.

    The Ridgeline trail in Castle Rock, or the Elk Meadows trail in Evergreen are nice easy (i.e. nothing technical) fun trails. Probably many others nearby that I just don't know about.

    More technical trails are like Mt Falcon, Lair of the Bear...
    Thanks for the tips!

    You're right about differing opinions on level of difficulty--I should have stated that rolling single track would be my first choice for an easy trail.

    Thanks again, I look forward to exploring your suggestions!

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    Agree wtih Ridgeline. There is also Rhyolite park in Castle Rock, Hidden Mesa in Parker, and South Valley Park in Littleton. A lot of trails called easy around here, would not be called easy in other places, but the ones I listed are not in the mountains so are a good starting point. They still have some climbing and some fun so they aren't baby trails either.

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    Try the east-west trail in highlands ranch.

    http://www.douglas.co.us/dcoutdoors/...on-and-map.pdf

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    A few boring pics at ~11k feet from the Western Slope















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    so lame here


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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    I've never seen it crowded on the loop. The campground and parking lot get pretty full, and there are a lot of horse riders that use the trail, but once you get out there, people are spread out and usually just occasional sitings.

    In fact, sometimes I wish there were more people. That is the only place I've run across a bear and 2 mountain lions.* Despite being one of the closer trails to civilization, it is the one trail that I always get the feeling that something is watching me. Probably because something is watching me! I'm usually alone, trudging up those hills, and thinking that I could be eaten and no one would even hear me screaming!
    One of the things I like best about that loop is that you are not far from the metro area but it feels like the backcountry. And the Ringtail descent IS fantastic, like mountain biking in a dream. All ferny and stuff...
    The only way I've ever ridden it is from Waterton Canyon. One of the only rides on the Front Range that has a warm up before the first big climb. And you usually see the Bighorns along the canyon road, which makes the ride more interesting. They let you get pretty close.
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    I did a lot of work on that trail in a former life. Thanks for posting. Great to see it again!

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