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on 4/10/14 by vbeckman74
 
  
Blue Sky
Avg Rating: (4.05 out of 5) 19 trail reviews
Difficulty: Intermediate bike trail - Intermediate
Length: 15 miles Global Rank: #1343
Tread: Singletrack Configuration: Out & Back
Ridden: 89 Wishlist: 30
18 trail check-ins Climb // Descend
+2,700 // -2,900 feet
Average Speed: 6.7 mph Average Time: 1hr 41min
 
 
 
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Description
Great trail interconnecting Horsetooth Mountain Park, Coyote Ridge, and Devil's Backbone trail systems. Multiuse. Not too technical foothills terrain along hogbacks. Can be sandy in spots. Well signed. Watch for rattlesnakes. Larimer County website: http://www.larimer.org/parks/bluesky.htm .

added by dauw Singletrack on June 18, 2006

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vbeckman74 on April 10, 2014
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Review: This is an easy up one way and a cool roller coaster coming back down.

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Gdb49 on January 22, 2014
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Review: Great trail and when joined up with other trails in the area it can be a great day of riding.
this is a must ride if you're in the area.

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denarb on July 22, 2013
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Review: I rode from coyote ridge to blue sky. It was a fantastic single track that wasn't too technical. If you get there early enough (before 8) you'll be able to enjoy the shade. It was too crowded when I went (5pm) but I did have to stop for some runners. Other wise, my new favorite ride.

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stumpyfsr on July 1, 2013
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Review: Nice flow trail with decent amount of climbing. Some blind corners. Views are great. Now it's connected with Lori, Horsetooth and Devils Backbone, so could be good epic ride with lots of miles. Hard to ride it when hot.

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drtaylor on April 30, 2013
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Review: Fast and fun. There are no serious climbs and the views are great. It also seems like the first trail to dry up after a rain or snow so I have never had bad conditions. The downfalls: Crowds mid-day, the difficult rock section near devils backbone, and 6$ parking.

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alskoj on December 1, 2012
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Review: We rode this during the summer. Very hot. It would be a better ride in the spring or fall (or early morning - late afternoon in the summer). Nice rolling trail with just the right amount of technical sections. $6 to park at the trailhead. Also do some of the Horsetooth trails if you have time.

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wrestle203 on September 3, 2012
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Review: really enjoyed blue sky. once your speed is up you can roll over almost anything. there are some areas that are a bit techy.

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: Fun out and back. Great scenery along the ridge. Moderate climbing but fun and fast trail. We've ridden this both ways, but I prefer out and back from Horsetooth reservoir. Look for eagles... and snakes.

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bvrider on July 20, 2012
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Review: Fast and fun. Moderate, gradual climbing. Connected Indian Summer for additional climbing and a prolonged decent. Great ride!

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dennymac1000 on October 26, 2011
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Review: Sweet ride. Mostly fast flowy but has some very technical sections as descibed before at the Devil's end and on the Coyote Ridge section, but these are even mostly rideable. Love this ride.

Similar Trail: Nomad, Curt Gowdy

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gregval on October 6, 2011
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Review: Decided to start from the Devil's Backbone TH. As described below, the trail is mostly smooth with only a few serious elevation gains The nasty rock section is between 2 and 3 miles north of the Devil's TH. It is mostly what I would call slab rock, a square foot or 2 in size; mostly on an angle to the trail. This mile section has LOTS of sections that are very difficult to ride, so you will do plenty of hike-a-bike. The rest of the trail flows nicely, and was way fun. You might want to start at the north end, to get the good trail, and turn around as you hit the slab.

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John Fisch on January 30, 2011
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Review: Not the most interesting trail in the area, but its a good way to add miles to the more interisting rides it connects to. You can access from three points--Horsetooth reservoir to the North, Coyote Ridge in the middle and Devil's Backbone to the South. If you it the middle stretch, it's worth taking the detour on the Indian Summer trail for a couple extra miles and some more climbing. Since most of the trail is treeless and exposed, its a good midwinter choice between snows.

Similar Trail: Any of the adjacent trails, all of which will offer more challenge (techncial and climbing)

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Brycemb16 on November 6, 2010
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Review: This is one of the more pleasant rides in the immediate Fort Collins area, it is less abusive to bike/riders than many other trails. It should be mentioned that there is a 6$ fee to start from Horsetooth reservoir. The devils backbone connection is nasty in spots and not for beginners.

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boomshakalaka on May 23, 2010
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Review: very fun fast singletrack. not much technical challenge but a lot of fun.

Similar Trail: 18 road, centennial cone

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Guest on August 22, 2009
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Review: We rode this the other day. Started at Devil's Backbone, riding Wild, Hunter and Laughing Horse loops, to Intermittent Horse Water(Holy Tech Fest) linking then to Blue Sky out and back to Indian Summer and back to the car. This is not a ride for the Beginner! Devil's area is very technical, but once you hit Bly Sky it's fast and rolling tight single track. This is a must do, even if only once a year.

Similar Trail: The Ridge/Matthews Winters, Kenosha North to Georgia Pass

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Baja_ on August 11, 2008
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Review: Me and buddy rode blue sky and Indian summer today and we had a blast. We are both still fairly new to the sport so parts of the trial were a little technical but like i said... it was a great time.

Similar Trail: bobcat ridge area, coyote ridge, lory state park, HT mountain park.

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Beaker on April 8, 2008
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Review: Most of the Blue Sky trail is an easy ride along the ridge line with a few short ups and downs. The singletrack is usually smooth and tight. The best part of the trail comes in the Devil's Backbone area which is becoming slightly more technical every year. This is a good cardio training ride that is best avoided on week-ends due to the crowds (or go early).

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erictw83 on September 16, 2007
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Review: Very fun rolling terrain amongst interesting scenary as it follows devil's backbone. One half of the Laughing goat loop is really technical and forced me to walk a bit, the other off is still tech but ridable for average joe on a hard tail like myself. It gives a good long ride, especially connecting up to Horsetooth Mt. Nothing really in the way of total elevation gain.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek, West Magnolia

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wheelmon on May 5, 2007
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Review: Awesome connecting trail for Devil's Backbone, Coyote Ridge and Horsetooth Mountain Park. Mostly very fun singletrack, especially between Horsetooth Mountain Park and Coyote Ridge (where the parking is free). Finding your way from Horsetooth Mountain Park can be sketchy, but you just wind south through the marina and campground until you cross under the main paved road that winds around the resevoir (38E). This trail is super technical near Devil's Backbone. Definitely do the Indian Summer loop off the the west just south of the Coyote Ridge junction, for beautiful valley views between the hogbacks.

Similar Trail: Lory State Park / Horsetooth Mountain Park valley trail

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