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Level: Beginner
Length: 16 mi (25.7 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +378/ -364 ft
Total: 89 riders

Mountain Biking East-West Regional Trail

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#291 of 1,353 mountain bike trails in Colorado
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-- "This is the first leg of the East-West Regional Trail that will connect Chatfield State Park with the Town of Parker. The trail winds through grasslands and oak bluffs including thousand of acres of the Open Space Conservation Area."

-- Moderately Easy; some climbing for short distances; elevation change approximately 200 feet. Multi-use: hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking; dogs on leash.

-- Some sections might be considered singletrack although a bit wide for that title in my opinion. Some seciont are crushed gravel while others are dirt trails that wind up and down through hills and scrub brush and some trees.

First added by mtb_rider_guy on Oct 18, 2010. Last updated May 11, 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
Currently the main access and parking is in Highlands Ranch; trail will eventually extend to Lone Tree and Parker. Take C-470 south to S. University Blvd, right on Wildcat Reserve Pkwy, left on McArthur Ranch Rd. to Griggs Rd. Drive south 2 miles to trailhead on left. Or from Santa Fe take Daniels Park Rd. north 5 miles to Griggs Rd.; trailhead on right.
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  • Jim Forrester

    Good trail for beginners but it does have a few good climbs.

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  • Sandman921

    This is a great trail I am not in the race shape I used to be in and I am new to the area so I was looking for something I could get my feet wet. The trail is very reminiscent of some of my favorite races from back in the day. Wide open fast with some good little inclines just enough to get your heart rate up but not enough where someone who isn't in elite shape can get up. At any time you can pop off into the highlands ranch back country trail (Which be aware this is for residents only they say you need to present a rec ID if they ask) But I rolled the dice and was met with some very pleasant easy to moderate single track. I really enjoyed it if you need a trail to boost your confidence a bit before you head out to the big boys such as Deer Creek this is the trail for you. Or maybe you want to get your better half's feet wet with some MTB this would also be the trail for you.

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  • drcapo

    Good afternoon burner. Trails are typically empty around lunch-2pm so you can whip it up pretty good without concern about face planting into an oncoming rider.

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  • drcapo

    Good for a quick afternoon burner. Love the easy access to the trails and they are typically empty mid day if you prefer lunch time rides.

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  • ShaleBreaker

    I enjoy this trail...it is a good workout. Not really mountain biking as in roots, rocks, drops etc, but some short uphill an downhill sections. The trail is pretty well marked so you don't stray into private HRCA trails or Back Country HOA trails. Watch out for rabbits, snakes, horseback riders, runners, dogs, elk et al. Busy on the weekend, not so busy during the week.

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  • kdooley

    It gets you out and it's close would be nice if it were a little more technical and you could ride the fancy people trails

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  • John Fisch

    This is a good path for gettig around HIghlands Ranch and Lone Tree, but not much in the way of mountain biking. Most of it is baby stroller friendly, super groomed wide path. Parts can be very busy with other trail users.

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  • tikigoddess

    We chose this trail to test out my bf's new xt and my new clipless set up. I wouldn't say I am an advanced rider but I'm pretty decent on technical trails and this is not one of them. The East-west Regional Trail is a nice and easy trail, nothing technical other than a few switchbacks. The path is clear and packed with no obstacles in sight. It can be boring for the "advanced" biker. If you are looking for an exciting ride, look elsewhere. But if you are looking for a nice relaxed trail with tons of things to see-- song birds, prairie dogs and bunny rabbits-- LOTS of bunny rabbits, then this is the trail for you.

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  • lamlicke

    Not a particularly technical trail but a great workout non-the-less. Sections in and around Highlands Ranch are more singletrack and sections in Lone Tree are more like a fire road / gravel trail. Grades are challenging at times but still very doable by almost anyone. Not a trail if you are looking to build your technical skills but a great one if you are looking for good aerobic workouts.

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  • jkovaly

    I mostly ride this trail to connect with other trails in the Highlands Ranch area; Bluffs, Monarch, Backcountry and Highlands Point all the way to Redstone Park are accessed by this trail. Decent trail, although fairly wide with fake surface in several sections they put down which gets a bit rutted after a few rainstorms.

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  • Corey Maddocks   ✓ supporter

    I would actually classify this is an unpaved bike path. It's perfect for taking the family on.

    It suspect it would be fun on a fully rigid 29er single speed.

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  • mtb_rider_guy

    -- The two main things to note about this trail are 1) That even though it spans almost the entire length of Highlands Ranch (from east to west) you DO NOT have to belong to be a HR resident to ride this trail and 2) currently this trail connects several open space areas with additional riding areas and options like the Bluffs Regional Park in Lone Tree, the Backcountry in HR and the Monarch Backcountry in HR. Unfortunately the latter two open spaces require that you are or are escorted by a resident of Highlands Ranch. If you live in or near Highlands Ranch this is a good trail for accessing these other areas or just a good fast ride close to home (that's not too boring :)

    -- Currently this trail is about 16 miles from one end to the other. If you add in the connecting open space trails it would take you some time to ride everything this system has to offer. It’s definitely not quite up to par with the mountain trails outside of Denver but for being close to home this is a great perk to living in the south Denver burbs. It is also a great trail for beginners or those who want mileage as opposed to technical riding.

    -- Currently you can find a trail map here: http://www.douglas.co.us/parksandtrails/documents/TrailMap06-14-10.pdf * Review edited 10/18/2010

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