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    As a beginner every trails was a new and exciting adventure. There is nothing like finding a new trail that reminds you why you ride. The first time I rode Buffalo Creek was like that for my riding partner and me. Just couldn’t wait to go back, wanting to get better so we could ride it the way it was meant to be ridden. Since then we have found a few other trails like that, but want to know what we are missing. We always enjoy riding, but there just some trails that leave you with a special feeling, like a drug. Rode South Shore at Pueblo yesterday and had that exact feeling. Here are some of the trails we have ridden, please add any Front Range trails that you feel are special enough to belong on this list.
    Blackjack Trail and all the others at Buffalo Creek
    Halls Ranch
    Curt Gowdy
    South Shore at Pueblo Res.
    Palmer Park and Ute Park in the Springs
    Cheyenne Mtn area- Section 16 etc…
    Wathem Trail in Horsetooth Park
    What are we missing?

    #114653

    Missing:

    All of the various sections of the Colorado Trail
    Dakota Ridge and Red Rocks
    Dragon’s Back
    Lair O The Bear

    …and many more…

    #114654

    Deer Creek
    Colorado Trail

    #114655

    Mt Falcon
    White Ranch
    Apex
    Golden Gate Canyon
    3 Sisters / Alderfer
    Bergen Peak

    If only some website had a database of Front Range Trails. 😼

    #114656

    Other special trails in the Springs area:
    Cheyenne Mountain State Park (not part of Cheyenne Canyon–great trails for all ability levels)
    Red Rock Canyon Open Space (if you know which trails to ride)
    Limbaugh Canyon (requires a big finish on pavement to avoid private property, but it’s worth it)
    Monument Trails/Stoopid Trail (Stoopid is gnarly fun)

    Goodies near Denver not yet mentioned:
    Centennial Cone (Not the most interesting singletrack, but great scenery and bikes only on every other day)

    Nederland/Peaceful Valley area
    Sourdough Trail (rocks, rocks and more rocks)
    South St Vrain (steep, technical, narrow, challenging)
    Buchanan Pass (short but uber-sweet and mucho techy with killer scenery)

    Other special trails north of the border near Curt Gowdy:
    Headquarters/Happy Jack (cross country ski network that makes for excellent summer singletrack)

    Greg,
    Dragon’s Back? Maybe Devil’s Backbone?

    #114657

    Thanks to all for the great suggestions. I will ride all of them and shoot you a quick review.

    #114658
    "maddslacker" wrote

    Mt Falcon
    White Ranch
    Apex
    Golden Gate Canyon
    3 Sisters / Alderfer
    Bergen Peak

    If only some website had a database of Front Range Trails. 😼

    I know that they are listed on this great site, but looking for rides so good they change your attitude for days.

    #114659
    "Gdb49" wrote

    I know that they are listed on this great site, but looking for rides so good they change your attitude for days.

    That’s a pretty subjective requirement.

    #114660
    "skibum" wrote

    Greg,
    Dragon’s Back? Maybe Devil’s Backbone?

    Uhhhhh yeah that’s what I meant 😳 Dragon’s back was Virginia the other week.

    #114661
    "maddslacker" wrote

    [quote="Gdb49":lws8qigw]I know that they are listed on this great site, but looking for rides so good they change your attitude for days.

    That’s a pretty subjective requirement.[/quote:lws8qigw]

    +1 totally depends on the person.

    #114662
    "maddslacker" wrote

    [quote="Gdb49":1r2lruch]I know that they are listed on this great site, but looking for rides so good they change your attitude for days.

    That’s a pretty subjective requirement.[/quote:1r2lruch]
    I know you’re right, but don’t you think there are some trails that are on such a different level that no one can argue their greatness? Who doesn’t love Buffalo Creek or Halls Ranch? Everytime I ride a place like those, I can’t focus on anything but going riding again. Work suffers and my wife accuses me of loving my bike more than her for the next few days. Everyone has those rides and I thought that would be a fun list to put together.

    #114663

    Believe it or not, I’ve met a few people who don’t get excited about Buff Creek and more than a few who don’t like Hall Ranch.

    As long as we’re all individuals, we’re likely to find both awesome and disappointing. Part of the joy lies in the discovery–when you find a place that, at least for you, meets or exceeds the hype. My list of such rides is fortunately much longer than my list of disappointing rides.

    I agree that every ride listed on this thread so far are "on such a different level" and highly encourage you to explore them all. Hopefully your experience will confirm.

    #114664
    "Gdb49" wrote

    I know you’re right, but don’t you think there are some trails that are on such a different level that no one can argue their greatness?

    If only some website ranked trails by their greatness. 😆

    #114665
    "skibum" wrote

    Believe it or not, I’ve met a few people who don’t get excited about Buff Creek and more than a few who don’t like Hall Ranch.

    I like Buff Creek, but it’s by no means my favorite.

    #114666
    "maddslacker" wrote

    [quote="skibum":37nn624n]Believe it or not, I’ve met a few people who don’t get excited about Buff Creek and more than a few who don’t like Hall Ranch.

    I like Buff Creek, but it’s by no means my favorite.[/quote:37nn624n]

    Totally agree with this right here. Pretty good? Sure. Best trail in the world? Hardly. But that’s my 2 cents.

    #114667
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    [quote="maddslacker":mm3kqrd1][quote="skibum":mm3kqrd1]Believe it or not, I’ve met a few people who don’t get excited about Buff Creek and more than a few who don’t like Hall Ranch.

    I like Buff Creek, but it’s by no means my favorite.[/quote:mm3kqrd1]

    Totally agree with this right here. Pretty good? Sure. Best trail in the world? Hardly. But that’s my 2 cents.[/quote:mm3kqrd1]
    I would never imply Buffalo Creek was the best in the world.. I have only been riding for 8 months and have not ridden enough to even get in that discussion. When I read many of your post, I am not even in your league of riding or trail experience. When I was climbing I found that as you got to know the people who rated and reviewed the climbs, you found people that you tended to agree with their general descriptions and ratings. I have already found a few people on this site who have given great advice and when I read their ratings on rides it fits the way I found the ride. I have enjoyed every trail so far and figure if someone loved a trail the worst that could happen is riding a trail that you don’t love. I will ride every trail list on this thread and probably find a few trails that make my week. My feelings are a little hurt that someone doesn’t like Halls Ranch 😀 Hell, your post alone dwarf my riding by ten fold. With a job and 2 kids my time is limited and any help on great trails is appreciated. Wish I could quit my job and ride everyday, but the bank said no!

    #114668
    "Gdb49" wrote

    I would never imply Buffalo Creek was the best in the world..

    Sorry, didn’t mean to imply that [i:3iufru1a]you[/i:3iufru1a] implied that Buff Creek is the best, but it [i:3iufru1a]is[/i:3iufru1a] ranked #1 in the world right here: http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bike/trails.php Lotsa people definitely love it.

    #114669
    "mtbgreg1" wrote

    [quote="Gdb49":2z9gftvb]
    I would never imply Buffalo Creek was the best in the world..

    Sorry, didn’t mean to imply that [i:2z9gftvb]you[/i:2z9gftvb] implied that Buff Creek is the best, but it [i:2z9gftvb]is[/i:2z9gftvb] ranked #1 in the world right here: http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bike/trails.php Lotsa people definitely love it.[/quote:2z9gftvb]
    Didn’t take it that way. I would say that in my very limited experience that the most fun I have had on a bike is on the Blackjack Trail. Stayed pumped for weeks afterwards. Can’t wait for the trail that knocks it off the top of my list- what a great day that will be. Hope it happens many times!

    #114670

    While we are on great trails… What about ski resorts? Rode Winter Park and came home with a sore jaw from smiling so much, partly from wearing a full face helmet for the first time. Found some of the trails very intimidating, but thrilling. Lost count on how many crashes, so need some work on the skills. Thinking about a season pass for next year.

    #114671

    If you liked Blackjack, definitely check out Dakota Ridge.

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