Trail is Dry
on 4/6/14 by mtaussie
 
  
Marshall Mesa Area
Avg Rating: (3.31 out of 5) 16 trail reviews
Difficulty: Beginner bike trail - Beginner
Length: 16 miles Global Rank: #6218
Tread: Singletrack Configuration: Out & Back
Ridden: 170 Wishlist: 39
14 trail check-ins Climb // Descend
+3,100 // -3,800 feet
Average Speed: 8.7 mph Average Time: 0hr 59min
 
 
 
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Description
Some single, some doubletrack. Not too much climbing and nothing technical at all, but makes a great night ride.

added by SenorBlanco Granny Gear on February 16, 2006


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Patti Danzig on January 25, 2014
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Review: This is a great trail for a beginner. There are some challenging areas and some very flat easy areas. Part of the trail had a lot of mud today too.

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lilyallure on May 24, 2013
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Review: I had a lot of fun on this trail. I found that going to the left when you start out was easiest even though you start out with a couple long climbs. Toward the back of the trail there was a little more gravel than I would have liked, but not bad. It's more of a network of trails rather than one single loop. You can go around a couple different ways which was confusing for me as I had never been on the trail. I believe it connects with other trails in the back and across the road, but they are not clearly marked. Despite that, I would recommend this for any beginner!

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djeneration on August 24, 2012
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Review: After drinks and dinner at Mountain Sun the previous night, we stayed in Broomfield with some friends and ran back up to Boulder to meet up with another friend at Marshall Mesa. It was kind of overcast, and the sky released a few sprinkles, but being that the trail has no canopy it was a great ride. There's a decent little climb on the frontside and then some easy riding until you drop down into the valley, through some cattle guards, past some bovines and start heading towards the Flatirons. The trails are pretty gravelly, but can be very fast with good flow n go in the valley. We had big afternoon plans, but headed out and back, exploring a little offshoot from the main trail with some sweet step drops that were very rideable and then right back down the same way we came up, now noticing (and taking advantage of) the sweet rollers we could catch air off of. I only wish I could find trails with these built-in 'bumps' in Texas. The downhill runs in Colorado, no matter how big or small, are priceless; always good for big grins and good vibes. Great way to start our day, then headed to Half Fast subs on the hill and over to Avery for the brewery tour and some rare taps. * Review edited 8/24/2012

* Review edited 8/24/2012

Similar Trail: Reminded me a little bit of Red Rocks, without the rocks. Also reminded me of McAllister Park back in SAT.

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jeff on June 28, 2012
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Review: Fun trail, definitely seems popular with beginning riders. Completely exposed so hit this one early in the morning or save it for cooler months. Great place for a training ride, too (except for the annoying cattle gates).

Similar Trail: Green Mountain (Denver).

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dralbright on June 20, 2012
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Review: A quick ride that's easy—good for a recovery day. Also connects a lot of the trails around the Superior area.

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jbarker on September 20, 2011
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Review: Very easy both technically and athletically. Fun for a beginner, or for a quick easy ride.

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tickledpickle on September 11, 2011
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Review: I access this trail through the Flatirons Vista trailhead, which I find to be more scenic. This is a fairly easy trail with nothing technical - just a bunch of loose rocks and some dry, sandy areas which can get pretty slippery. Awesome sections through the forest, feels so peaceful and far away from civilization but really is so close to town. Beautiful views of the flatirons. Not a muscle and lungs burning workout but worth checking out.

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alyanne on September 4, 2011
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Review: My first 'real' off-road mtb ride ever! started of mellow, open, rolling, gravel. then climb climb climb. finally into the tress I hit the first downhill and take my first spill. loved every minute. good place to get a feel for the bike and see what I have to look forward to on bigger trails.

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kuala_tahan on September 27, 2009
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Review: More of a leisure cruise than anything else.

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Gross_Venediger on September 20, 2009
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Review: Fun, easy ride. Not technical.

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John_Goodrich on August 23, 2009
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Review: Decent trail.

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Speedman on May 20, 2009
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Review: The first mile is a fun little jaunt up to the community ditch road where you cross CO-93 going west. Follow the community ditch road until you get to the new turn-off that takes you off to the south on new the single-track route. This section is an easy climb to a well-marked trail crossing that directs you left to Doudy Draw or right up into the mountains. Go right and follow the route up to the split where you can go left or right to take the loop. The loop is great shady single-track through the woods. After the loop, return to the Doudy Draw turn off and take that east up a short and steep climb to the top of the ridge. The decent back to CO-93 is high-speed double-track. Overall, nothing technical, but a new & fun after work (and mid-winter) ride.

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Natural_ on April 23, 2009
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Review: This is a great beginner trial. It is relatively flat and tons of fun. It can take a couple hours when you stop to enjoy all of the incredible vistas. I love to ride the Marshall Mesa for its rolling terrain and smooth trails . Beginner to intermidiate level riders should definitley try this one! To go with a guide check out: www.nfga.info. They take folks out on the best trails in Boulder. Most trips include bikes, lunch and transportation.

* Review edited 4/23/2009

Similar Trail: Go to www.NFGA.info to check out some other great guided bike trips.

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Wiseclam on August 27, 2008
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Review: I ride this from the McCaslin Blvd trailhead (2 miles south of Hwy 36) to the Hwy 93 trailhead as an extended commute from Superior to North Boulder. It's not technical and has some very fun downhill singletrack. It's never crowded (at least not in the afternoon - early evening). But it's not a serious, challenging trail by any means so if you are looking for somethnig difficult try another trail.

Similar Trail: Wonderland Lake - Eagle Trail combo

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Jurassic on June 22, 2007
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Review: There's a new trailhead at US 93 for Marshal Mesa. Best way to ride this trail now is to start at 66th street, just about 2 miles past the Costco in Superior, and ride west from the trailhead. Some fun downhill sections, a few rock gardens, and some kickers, and all in all this trail has had some great work done to it. There's a really fun rock drop coming down from the top above Cummunity Ditch just before crossing the Ditch itself. Head West from there and you can hook up to the new sections of MM. This section then heads East back toward the trailhead at 66th St.

* Review edited 6/22/2007

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arnolda14 on June 5, 2007
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Review: This trail gets an undeserved bad rap. My understanding is that they did some trail improvements a few years ago and before that, it was not as good. I really like this ride simply because it's only about 15 minutes from work and I can get a little taste of dirt. It's become my favorite place to take beginners who live in the area because as easy as it is, it definately qualifies as true singletrack. Think of it as a really great bunny-slope. Due to the low elevation and dry climate, you can ride this thing pretty early and late in the year. It's a fun, albeit completely unchallenging and adrenaline-free, ride. If you want true mountain biking, you have to go to the mountains (newsflash!). If you can't go to the mountains, this is probably the next-best thing. If you are a person who is unable to have fun without risking life or limb, don't bother with this one unless you ride it blindfolded.

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