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Level: Beginner
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +486/476 ft
Total: 79 riders

Mountain Biking Boulder Valley Ranch

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#480 of 1,346 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#4,931 in the world

A working cattle ranch that has multiple trails - some are open to bikes. Combination dirt road, doubletrack, and singletrack. There is a lot of singletrack along the dirt roads. One moderate climb/decent with waterbars. Good views of the plains, mountains, and Boulder Valley. From the Foothills trailhead, take Eagle Trail to Boulder Reservoir. Turn around, and connect with Sage Trail, back to Eagle Trail and return.

First added by dauw on Nov 5, 2006. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Boulder, go north on US 36. Continue past Jay Rd. for 1.5 miles, and take a right on a dirt road. The Foothills trailhead is just a little farther on the left. There are several other trailheads too.
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  • John Fisch

    Mostly boring doubletrack and a little bike-legal singletrack... that perfectly parallels the doubletrack. I'd give it two stars if the best trails in the system were open to bikes. As it is, it's a legitmate one star experience.

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  • Subpar_Shredder

    I like this trail. Mostly because it's basically in my backyard, and I can ride it after work. I ride it a lot on the weekends as I use it as a connector to get out to Heil or Hall if i'm riding to those places. It's a dry, exposed, super easy trail with vary limited technical areas. It's a great place to take beginners to help them get comfortable with being on their bikes.

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  • zgcracker

    This is a beginner level trail with some short intermediate sections. I used to ride this trail as part of a loop from my house in downtown Boulder. I was rideable most of the year, and good fun for me to just get on my bike and put some miles in as I don't road ride. I used to ride it as fast as I could and the would ramp up the fun factor a bit for me. The loop I did used recreation paths, road and single track to ride out along the foothills, down to Boulder Resivoire and back to Boulder.

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  • rcraft6826   ✓ supporter

    Boulder Valley ranch can be a great low elevation training ground. Theres no technical features and the trails open to bikes are mostly double track but I still thoroughly enjoy the network, especially for spur of the moment Fat biking adventures that I want to ride straight from home. Overall its a decent network if your just wanting to get a quick 10 miles in!

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  • alexander323

    I had trouble here because most of the trails are closed to mountain biking

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  • kuala_tahan

    Nothing to write home about. Very comparable to Marshall Mesa. Good for early season riding because it's low elevation, so not a ton of snow there. Two options for riding, there's doubletrack fire roads, and next to most of them there's singletrack trails as well. The singletrack isn't remotely technically challenging, and mostly flat except for one very short, but pretty steep, climb. Not a great trail, but at least there's a little singletrack to ride on, more so than at Marshall Mesa. A quick ride, good way to start getting in shape for the real season. Careful for horses.

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