Centennial Cone Park

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13
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Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 4,300 ft
↓ 3,300 ft
7,596
elevation (ft)
6.2
avg mph
274
ridden
146
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2:18
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
4.14 out of 5
About This Trail
added by lostcause Doubletrack on July 19, 2006
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This Jefferson County Open Space Park is only about 10 miles from Idaho Springs.The remains of many ranches and homesteds are scatterd across this Open Space Park. When completed the main loop will be about 13 miles. The single track takes you high up on the ridges above Clear Creek and offers incredible views. This is a wonderful ride!! The singletrack is smooth, the switchbacks are rideable. The climbs are easy and not all at once.From the parking lot take Travois Trail 8.7 miles to the north parking lot . Follow doubletrack to the left back to your car.

Centennial Cone has an alternating schedule for weekend use: BIKES = EVEN days Hikers = Odd days There are no restrictions on weekdays.
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solofat on August 30, 2014
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Review: Go clockwise-better be in shape because it's going to kick your a..s. 80% uphill which is a great workout. Fantastic views. Anytime

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ItalianIce on August 16, 2014
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Review: High quality trail with great views. A good ride for an intermediate or adventurous beginner a few technical sections and some water-barred switchbacks. Features several challenging climbs, providing a pretty tough workout for someone of average fitness.

Similar Trail: North Table Mountian

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timborocksloud on July 18, 2014
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Review: For someone in moderately decent shape like myself, I was hating life several points on this trail.

The initial climb was soul sucking to me, and I was joyous once it was over.

There were some pretty decent descents, but they weren't really interesting. For me, this trail just wasn't worth all the climbing.

Some really nice meadow views, though. I took a fantastic picture of my bike as well at the top.

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Mountaineer19 on June 14, 2014
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Review: This is a wonderful trail! Full of gorgeous views of Clear Creek. I rode this trail Counter Clockwise and there was more downhill then climbing for sure. The Elevation gain/loss seems about right if you go counterclockwise. There is days that only hikers are allowed and vice versa so plan a little. Its a solid ride and there aren't many rocks although there is this one section that is pretty technical and fun. They rest is gorgeous views and flowy single track. Its a must if you live in the front range.

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Jon Campbell on June 4, 2014
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Review: This ride had a lot of climbing, but it was a fun moderate ride.

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justin70 on May 28, 2014
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Review: Great views, in a natural setting

Some long climbs, though all rideable

- Not a lot of trail variety
- Only one main loop
- Reasonable number of hikers on weekdays

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blutzski on May 1, 2014
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Review: Rode this trail the first year it opened and never went back. They might as well have paved it for how non technical it was. If I want smooth and flat I'll go for a road ride.

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uber_franz on April 8, 2014
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Review: Fun trail. Not super technical, so this is a good one to bring the significant other along.

Similar Trail: Betasso

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gbiegun on April 6, 2014
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Review: Awesome views! Some big climbs. Overall good area to ride.

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tlongpine on November 22, 2013
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Review: Most under-rated trail in the front range.

Great climbs, great descents, fun short technical sections and varied landscapes.

The only knock against this trail is that many of switchbacks are deeply eroded, sharp, and possess railroad ties placed in all the wrong places.

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pgee79 on November 12, 2013
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Review: This is a few too many switchbacks to be my favorite, but its great. The Elk Range Trail is pretty boring, but the rest is pretty amazing. I ride clockwise from the Mayhem Gulch lot. I bÍt it would be a fun out and back if you just avoid the Elk range trail. But certainly a lot more effort.

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summitchef on October 15, 2013
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Review: Great Ride, perfect intermediate trail.

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FinishSTRONG7 on October 8, 2013
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Review: The primarily smooth terrain make this one fast ride! I did the loop clockwise from the north trailhead (Travois and Elk Range Trails). The route constantly fluctuates between climbing and descending. No extended technical sections--just a couple of rocky sections and a handful of hairpin switchbacks with water bars that require advanced skill to clean. There are steep climbs, however they are short. Climbs exceeding 5% grade are 2 miles or less. The loop route is diverse overall (singletrack, double track, forested areas, and exposed areas).

Similar Trail: Bear Creek Trail at Lair O' the Bear

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BushyAR15 on September 8, 2013
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Review: I'm an older rider, in my 50s and while abit overweight, I consider myself to be in pretty good condition riding 3 times a week. Rode this from Hwy 6 at Mayhem Gulch, Clockwise through Elk Range Trail, Travois Trail, and back down Mayhem Gulch to Hwy 6. As someone else stated, this is a tough ride. Its not technically tough, but its a good test of your physical conditioning. It was a good reality check for me. The climb out of the parking lot is a good indication of what you are in for. While the trail is not technically difficult it does have some technical sections and the fist sized rocks throughout the entire loop does require some "torque" to get through on the climbs and a bit of attention on the downhill. Some have commented about the steep drops in some sections that could cause serious harm should you fall. While thats true, I never felt that any sections were dangerous, scary or that if I made even a slight mistake I would fall to my death or be injured. I could see not paying attention to what you are doing could potentially cause you harm... But you'd have to be pretty "unaware".

IMO, what made this ride tough was the elevation changes. Its not like some rides where you grind to that top and wind your way down, this is a bunch of climbs and descents. Not shallow either, check the elevation profile. Very much "interval" training style". I felt it was definitely an "intermediate" ride because of the degree of conditioning needed, but I don't see why a physically fit beginner couldn't do it. (Of course I'm not talking first ride)

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pman on August 24, 2013
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Review: I can see why some folks like this trail. I must be getting old. I rode the whole thing clockwise from US 6 [mayhem] and found it way too long. The views above Clear Creek were unreal but be under no illusion this trail is a hard ride from start to the end. A rider I was talking to 'up top' was almost bit by a rattle snake which was sunning his ass on a rock. Bring your A game here and BE PREPAIRED. it would be a long lonely walk outta there.....

Similar Trail: hell

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tetontom on August 12, 2013
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Review: I can't believe I waited so long to ride this trail. This is the best trail in the JeffCo parks that I've ridden. We did the single track both ways from Mayhem Gulch, and there wasn't a bad mile all day. It was great to ride 22 miles and never have to even drop a foot!

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dmuney on July 10, 2013
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Review: Really fun trail, went clockwise in order to maximize the decent as others suggested, was not disappointed. Climbing was all very manageable though as at least one other reviewer pointed out, the last one going CW is a little rough

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BHallinCO on June 22, 2013
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Review: Great front range intermediate trail. Has good mix of climbs, flowy singletrack, some rocky dirt road doubletrack. Lots of blind corners so be careful coming around them for other riders.

I do this from Mayhem Gulch trailhead off of US Highway 6. It's a nice steady, hardpacked climb of about 1.5 miles to get the legs going and the heart pumping. After that, I like to do the Elk Range Trail and Travois Trail in a clockwise loop. To me the downhill is more fun this way and you do the dirt road doubletrack going uphill rather than down. However, be prepared for the hardest ascent coming back to the junction of Travois and Mayhem at the end of the ride.

Because this loop has 3 access points (Camino Perdido, Centennial Cone Road and Highway 6), there can be quite a lot of people on here on the weekend but at least it has alternating use for hikers/bikers so that helps. However, I would avoid it on the weekends unless you get there early (before 9) or late (after 4).

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uvaggio on June 9, 2013
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Review: Great ride, good views, and solid XC ride.. Remember weekend Even days are bike days, and multi use on the weekdays

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Guest on June 7, 2013
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Review: Just to throw one more idea out there.... recently the Elk Range Trail has been closed for Elk calving (until June 15) so we parked at the Camino Perdido lot and rode it down to Mayhem Gulch and then turned around and rode the singletrack back. Makes it 17 miles. Very enjoyable ride! Definitely go download the map from Jefferson County Open Space page, easiest way to get the lay of the land

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jamesm925 on May 18, 2013
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Review: fantastic XC loop for those who like long climbs and descents that let you focus on speed instead of technical rock sections.

fast, flowy, fun.

the loop is long enough to be satisfying and has gorgeous views.

the narrow trail and steep slopes are a little intimidating, especially given the sand in some areas.

great place to put in some hard XC efforts and work on negotiating hairpins.

The view is EPIC, and I highly recommend this loop for those seeking something fun and flowy in the front range.

There's a nice combination of exposed singletrack and tacky forest singletrack.

half of the loop is closed until june 15th, but you can take douglas mtn road to robinson to camino perdido for some breath-taking views and solid climbing.

The evening sun trail is a nice loop at the top you can take to add some extra miles.

I went on a beautiful saturday afternoon. The trail wasn't insanely crowded. I had to pull over for riders about 8 times. Could've been worse.

Similar Trail: betasso

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indianamagpie on May 6, 2013
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Review: Wow we really liked this area and there are plenty of miles to ride. Lots of climbing but It's non-technical and not too steep for most of it. Great flow for the front range. Open sight lines and beautiful views. Descents can be scary fast if you want them to be. I look forward to going back.

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SLOWGATOR00 on April 28, 2013
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Review: Great loop if the Elk Calving section is open, best ridden from Mayhem Gulch TH to Juniper trail then clockwise over to the Travois trail and back down the Mayhem Gulch trail to the TH.

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Tr0gd0r on October 12, 2012
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Review: One of the best flow trails on the Front Range. Climbing is significant but not killer, you've just got to work for the sweet turns a bit. Nothing technical to speak of if you don't mind a few switchbacks, I'm not sure why everyone is so worried about the exposure.

Similar Trail: Betasso

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bogs on September 19, 2012
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Review: This is a great loop. There is just enough of everything (climbs, dh, views) to keep it fun and interesting.

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IntensePinkBiker on September 9, 2012
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Review: The trail is beautiful and has amazing views (hence the 5), however I ended up pushing my bike about 3/4 of the way. I am an beginner to intermediate level rider, but I don't do well with exposure -- i.e. huge drop offs -- (which are along a good portion of the ride). Tons of climbing. A few tricky switch backs and rocky areas. Not good for your first ride in CO if you are a beginner (unless you are ready for a good hike as well as a good ride).

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delphinide on August 20, 2012
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Review: One of the best in the front range. Epic views, sweet flowing singletrack, and some technical up and downhills. An XC delight. Bon appetit!

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: This loop is great. We've ridden up from Highway 6 and parked up top to ride the loop. The singletrack is great with some narly rocky sections. But the views are awesome and some diverse terrain. You can ride it either way, but I prefer clockwise. Make sure you check the date before heading up because it's only open to MTB on either odd or even days.

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oldbiker on August 9, 2012
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Review: I have not rode this trail yet but I have heard that bikers have the trail on even days during the weekend and hikers have the trail on odd days of the weekend. Does anyone know if this is true??

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crclawn on July 23, 2012
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Review: Great climbs, good descents, tight switch backs. I would suggest not riding on a weekend. Tons of riders on the Sunday we went. Also, be sure and check if the day u r riding is for hiking only or biking only. Bring plenty of water and a snack. The single track is fairly wide but are cut into some pretty steep slopes that would result in some pretty bad injuries if you screw up. I'm from out of town and the altitudes and the climbs were pretty tough, so if you're not local, this trail might be tough. As far as the CW or CCW debate, I think it would be tough either way, just bring plenty of water. Overall a great ride. Would ride again.

* Review edited 7/23/2012

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alskoj on July 13, 2012
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Review: Rode this midweek and it wasn't crowded at all. Started from the Hwy 6 trailhead. This trail has so much going for it. Wide open plains, steep trail drop offs, nice singletrack, epic views, tight switchbacks. It is longer than most trails so bring plenty of fluids. If you go clockwise you'll hit quite a bit of uphill towards the end but you do finish with some nice downhill before a small push back uphill to the trailhead. If you do go CCW then you'll encounter some pretty steep climbs. And we only encountered one rude rider - but we apologized for riding his personal trail without permission.

* Review edited 7/13/2012

Similar Trail: Bear Creek Betasso/Benjamin Loops

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Santacruzbro on July 5, 2012
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Review: This is in my top 5 trails I've rode just because of the constant great scenery you get. So awesome! It has a great downhill on it and is just an all around fun ride. I definitly recomend riding it.

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grandlakejames on June 22, 2012
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Review: Nice trail with great views of the surrounding canyons. We rode it clockwise starting on Elk Range Trail to Travois Trail from the Centennial Cone parking lot. Elk Range Trail is a doubletrack for the entire length but it is a good warm up trail and has good views. Travois trail is a fun singletrack with a good mixture of up and down. We went during the week and ran into a total of 4 other bikers. Go to the Jefferson County open space page and print off a map instead of using the map attached to this description. The area is well marked and you can't get lost! Worth the ride!

Similar Trail: Evergreen, CO trails but without the views.

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kkaucher on May 31, 2012
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Review: rode this recently but the full loop was still closed. Anyone know when the Elk migration will end and we will be able to ride the full loop?

Similar Trail: Lair o the bair Marshall Mesa

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mattics on August 28, 2011
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Review: What a great ride, like others have said, it's not too technical, but it has some great flowing singletrack, nice views and good uphills too. I rode it clockwise, although it seems like folks are split on which way is better. I feel like clockwise is better because, 1) You get the boring double track section done first, 2) The flowing downhill singletrack goes on and on and on forever going that direction, and 3) You do the toughest climb under tree cover, which keeps you cooler. Yes the climbing is slightly harder going CW, but I think the flow of the ride is much more fun in that direction. I will definitely be repeating this ride.

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ephilli2 on August 4, 2011
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Review: Great ride! Nothing too technical. Uphills are manageable, downhills are fun. Trails are generally pretty smooth. Fantastic views!!

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hubschrauber on July 14, 2011
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Review: In spite of what the map on this site shows, the main loop is only about 16 miles, not 30. Starting from Mayhem Gulch, going around the loop clockwise, you climb for about 4 miles joining the double track from the west parking lot at about 2.5 miles in. The next 6 miles is mostly down, with one 1/2 mile climb as you approach the north trailhead, and another 1 mile climb shortly after the first bridge across Elk Creek. The second short climb ends at roughly the half-way point with a technical section followed by a few quick switchbacks and then a fun blast down to the second bridge across Elk Creek. Over the next two miles you climb about 1500' (the hardest climb going clockwise) and then it's mostly down again for the remaining 4.5 miles back to the Mayhem Gulch parking lot. Some of the ride is in the trees, but much of the trail offers no protection from the sun, so don't forget the sunblock, bring plenty of water, and avoid riding mid-day during the summer. Some of the scenery is camera-worthy, but most of what you'll see is typical of Colorado mountains and mountain meadows. Riding counter-clockwise would include one faster shorter downhill with longer climbs, and put your bail-out opportunities later in the ride (if you're with someone who is willing to drive around and get you at a different trailhead.) It's nice to have a trail close to Denver where, at least on weekends when hikers and bikers alternate days, you can ride without so many stops to let those on foot pass by.

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djlarroc on July 5, 2011
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Review: Started this trail from the West parking lot (off Douglass Mtn rd). Rode down the Elk Ridge trail to where it meets with Travois trail, and took the Travois trail. So we rode this trail counter clockwise. Starts off on a fun descent, and then some climbs. Not very technical at all, but you ride along the skirt and there are some awesome/scary views. Ran into some other bikers, and there is room to pass (dismount), but should be careful. Lot's of blind corners. Long trail, so bring plenty of water. IMO, riding counter clockwise seems like a better loop. You get the harder cilmb out of the way, and you can ride the double track down and get a nice cool off.

* Review edited 7/5/2011

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maddslacker on March 14, 2011
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Review: This trail, if done from the Hwy 6 trailhead, has a steep hardpack climb to get your heart pumping. After that it circumnavigates the mountian with some climbing and descending, but not a ton of either. There are exactly 2 technical sections, both man-made stair steps. The rest is fast flowing singletrack. Both directions are fun, but I tend to prefer clockwise.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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kkilton on November 23, 2010
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Review: Epic! Only 2 places that were technical. A couple of pucker places riding along the hillside to a huge drop! This is a long trail! I started from Mayhem Gulch - GPS said only 15.5 miles. The trail goes down into a 'bowl' so you will have a good long climb back out of it at the end.

Similar Trail: None

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bstat on October 2, 2010
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Review: Started at the Centennial Cone Road lot and went clockwise. What an enjoyable ride! The terrain variety is incredible - you switch from open meadows to tight singletrack to woods to open exposed areas back to woods then to...you get the idea. Busy on weekends and there are some blind corners so keep your speed in check. If you want a long distance cruising ride with some nice climbs to get the 'ol heart pumping, this is it. If you want a gonzo tech ride, then pass.

Similar Trail: Unique to the Front Range

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CBrown on September 9, 2010
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Review: What a gteat trail! Nothing too technical, lots of climbing at a sustained level and really cool views of Clear Creek Canyon. I would say ride this clockwise for optimal enjoyment. I rode on a Thurs morning and never saw another soul.

* Review edited 9/9/2010

Similar Trail: Bergen Peak, Chimney Gulch>Apex

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SLOWGATOR00 on August 26, 2010
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Review: Up and down, smooth and flowing trail. Great views and not technical or overly phys. demanding. VERY CROWDED (on a Sunday), many large groups! Two parking options with Mayhem Gulch having the most spots available; this option makes the ride more difficult because of the added length/initial climb. Try to ride this during the week for a more enjoyable experience!

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jbersch on June 25, 2010
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Review: Very smooth, tight singletrack on relatively flat terrain. No technical sections except a handful of switchbacks and couple of rocky steps. What makes this ride pretty sweet is that the scenery is awesome and the ride is long.

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CR-MTBClimber on August 15, 2009
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Review: I always get 2700+ vertical gain when I start at the Mayhelm Gulch trailhead off of HWY 6. Large parking lot but it will overflow after 8 am on the wknds. BTW - Trail use for "MTBer's only" allowed on even weekend days, the odd days are hiker only! Great trail, very fast, a couple of steep technical sections but gets an intermediate from me.* Review edited 8/15/2009

* Review edited 10/17/2009

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sspragu3 on August 5, 2009
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Review: Good trail. A more remote feel than most open space parks. Regarding what direction to go, clockwise gets the double track out of the way but leaves more climbing at the end.

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kuala_tahan on July 13, 2009
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Review: Strictly in terms of singletrack, this is an amazing trail. Majority of the trail is tight, long, smooth, flowing singletrack, some of the most fun I've ever ridden. Rode the trail clockwise and it was great, can absolutely rip. A bunch of climbing, but not too bad as it tends to be gradual, nothing super steep. Trail isn't even remotely technical, it's all just smooth singletrack with a couple fire-road type deals. Fairly crowded, so be careful. Also, a schedule for weekend use - even weekend days are for bikers, odd weekend days are for hikers, so keep that in mind. Highly recommend this trail if you're looking for fast, smooth singletrack and no technical riding.

* Review edited 7/13/2009

Similar Trail: Nelson Loop at Hall Ranch

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stillfat on December 1, 2008
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Review: A great singletrack alternative for those shell-shocked from all the technical madness of most Front Range trails. I've tried both ways and although kind of a tough call, I think clockwise is better. This could just be because it puts the doubletrack connector at the beginning of the ride and out of the way rather than at the end. The fun thing to do is to ride mid-week at like 10am and just bomb it, not having to worry about crashing into anyone head-on, which is a real possibility on weekends. On weekends, give a shout out going around blind corners - do yourself and the rest of us a favor. I haven't tried climbing Mayhem from Route 6 yet, but I think I will next time. 10,000 idiots in Subarus at the trailhead can't be wrong...

Similar Trail: Nothing similar I know of in Front Range.

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jkovaly on October 20, 2008
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Review: This is some great singletrack ! The trail is very smooth, basically groomed with almost no technical sections other than a few tight switchbacks. That said, the aerobic level is very high, be ready to really huff it up some steep climbs and be careful on those downhills ! Overall a great trail for getting into shape without fighting a lot of rocks or loose sand. The trail is bi-directional so be careful, almost knocked into some other riders around a blind corner or two. The trail usage alternates between hikers and bikers although this loop is really built for MTB'rs more than anything. They should make this trail uni-directional and just alternate the direction, it would be safer and everyone could share it without worrying about which day it was...

* Review edited 10/20/2008

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haupt on September 22, 2008
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Review: This ride is truly epic. Amazing views coupled with great terrain = fun ride.

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Jurassic on July 21, 2008
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Review: Ride this trail CLOCKWISE. There's some great Singletrack sections on the Travois Trail that are best riden going downhill. The Elk Trail is Doubletrack/Fireroad that passes through some pretty sandy areas.

Similar Trail: This trail resembles NOTHING similar to the Buffalo Creek Area.

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yellowdman on June 22, 2008
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Review: I rode this trail starting from the lower lot and riding the trail counter clockwise. It was awesome. It has some good distance not to steep climbs, a couple of technical sections, some tight switchbacks and some fun downhill sections. I would have to rate it a geen/blue. It's around a 13 mile loop

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Kranney on October 12, 2007
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Review: We started from the new parking lot off of 6, I believe it is the Mayhem Creek trailhead. Made for a nice 17 mile loop with a downhill finish.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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John Fisch on October 6, 2007
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Review: What this trail lacks in technical interest, it makes up for in scenery as much of the time you are perched above a precipitous drop to Clear Creek Canyon a thousand feet below. Great atmosphere for a ride. There's also an extended climb with many tight switchbacks that will challenge most riders.

* Review edited 7/20/2008

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arnolda14 on June 5, 2007
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Review: I thought the tread was a little loose - not horrible but kind of disappointing. There's nothing technical about this trail but it's a good physical challenge on account of its length. This would be a good pick for a roadie who wants to check out a mtn. ride. Scenery-wise, this is a nice area, though not really postcard material. This is right near the gambling towns so watch out for drunk drivers on your way home. There are designated biker/hiker days so check out the schedule before you go.

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gravitysesh on July 20, 2006
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Review: This trail kicked my a$$! I am not in the best of shape, but by the time I reached the easement through the private property, I was cramping from fatigue and dehydration. Other than that, it was a lot of fun. Not much for technical riding, but in the downhill sections, you can really get moving. We went in the morning when it was cool- I couldn't imagine doing this in the heat of the day though! I loved this ride and will continue to try to get into shape so I can enjoy the beautiful scenery instead of trying to keep from barfing a lung. PS- It took us 2 hrs and 40 minutes, but we had to stop for a while until a rattlesnake got off the path. Keep your eyes and ears open for them... he has a bunch of buddies up there I'm sure!

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lostcause on July 19, 2006
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Review: Jefferson County has implimented an alternating use schedule here to seperate hikers and bikers on the weekends.Bikers even # days, Hikers odd #days

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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