Centennial Cone Park

4.19 out of 5
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↑ 2,900 ft
↓ 2,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
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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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Hikers can hike EVERY day. Only bikers on the weekends follow BIkes=EVEN; no bikes=ODD -Guest

A: From the JeffCo web site: On weekends, hike and horseback ride on odd-numbered dates; bike on even-numbered dates. http://jeffco.us/open-space/parks/centennial-cone-park/

Steve Stremsterfer answered on August 2, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: I rode Mayhem Gulch-Juniper-Travois trails yesterday, 2/28/16 and the sign right next to the trail head clearly stated that this even day was a "bikes only" day. Every hiker I saw on the trail had to completely disregard that sign and walk right past it as in, "Surely it doesn't apply to me, my girlfriend and my dogs!" Is this typical at Centennial Cone in the early months of the year? I saw at least a dozen hikers and no rangers giving out tickets! -kernreed

A: Tweet or text the rangers. They can and do give tickets to hikers and bikers who are there on the wrong day.

Guest answered on May 18, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No


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Bunny Hop

July 14, 2019
DanOxender Bunny Hop  
Review: If there is a more beautiful place for trail riding, I don't want to hear about it. This is close to my house and I don't need to spend more money traveling to support my sports habits. "The Cone", as the locals call it, is a wonderful ride. I also call it "No Country for Old Men" because of the technical sections at the top which do have some exposure (i.e. you could end up seriously injured in a fall). A great loop. Remember to take your time and look around. Don't be afraid to walk the spots where an endo could result in a 300 foot downhill roll. Remember, parts are closed for Elk Breeding season and it's every other day on the weekends for mountain biking. Check the web site to make sure before heading up.

Granny Gear

September 4, 2018
grrgoyl Granny Gear  
Review: Did this yesterday for first time. I enjoyed it because the climbing was always short sections and nothing that made me want to sell my bike and quit. However, I heeded the reviews and went counter clockwise on Travois. My partner, who loves climbing, went clockwise. When he finally made it to the car, he looked like he'd been hit by a truck and said he felt like he might have a heart attack. He also never wants to return to this trail. (However, going counter-clockwise I also got sick of climbing and made it an out-and-back. The downhill was super sweet, but not for my friend, who was so exhausted he could barely hang onto the bars). Unless you're a hardcore masochist, go counter clockwise! (Also, yes, it's very busy (we went on Labor Day) but everyone is very polite about making room so I didn't mind as much as I thought I would)


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
Review: A great ride close to Denver. Be sure to go on EVEN NUMBERED DAYS on the weekends. Will be closed to bikes odd weekend days. The views alone are worth the trip out.


September 16, 2015
Review: Great ride - amazing views with manageable distance. I prefer the "counter clockwise" route with the country road finish.

August 3, 2015
Review: Most technical minded front range riders will be bored with this trail. It is fast smooth singletrack. No big climbs, no granny gear climbs, just a fast cranking loop.

It would be perfect for a single-speed hard tail bike. Bring your XC rig on this one.

August 3, 2015
Review: On weekends:
Even days: bikes only
Odd days: hikers only

Fantastic intermediate trail. One of the most beautiful ones I have done in this area. Not super technical but some very nice high speed sections and spectacular views! Most of it is single trail and the trail is very nicely maintained. Will definitely come back!

Granny Gear

July 27, 2015
blaze4fun Granny Gear  
Review: Fantastic trail that is in good shape. We went counter-clockwise and liked our decision. It will be a hard, uphill end to your ride if you go clockwise.

The fields of wildflowers were stunning!

June 29, 2015
Review: Great loop. We drove up to the lot on the loop vs starting at the bottom by Clear Creek.


August 31, 2014
solofat Gramcounter  
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

Granny Gear

August 16, 2014
ItalianIce Granny Gear  
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.

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