January 15, 2016
I started riding Blue River when it was just a rogue 4 X 4 trail. In two decades it has bloomed into a very nice trail system and continues to grow thanks to a great group of volunteers.
Right now there are roughly 13ish miles if you include the connector trail on the North end. That will eventually connect to Swope and create an urban singletrack system in the area of 50 some odd miles.
The Blue River trail offers something for everyone. The trails down near the river are non-technical and flat. A good place to get your sea legs if you're a beginner. The East Side of Blue River road and the Wagon Wheel trails are intermediate to advanced, offering up shorty, punchy climbs, choppy rock and root sections, small drops and some tight turns/switchbacks. Trails like highline will test the technical abilities of really good riders and certain spots on Wagon Wheel will do the same. Because the trail (at speed anyway) can be unrelenting, your cardio will get pinged too. But in a good way.
I have ridden this hundreds of times and still love it. Flows really well (most places) but doesn't allow you to simply sit back and pedal. There's always a challenge, a super chunky rocky section, crazy tangle of roots to navigate, step ups, tight turns, trees to thread. Good stuff.