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Level: Beginner
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +220/ -231 ft
Total: 94 riders

Mountain Biking High Plains Trail

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#416 of 1,353 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#4,068 in the world

This is a new section of singletrack that flows across the high plains West of Superior that opened this Spring (2007). There's nothing technical as the trail rolls through the plains through fields of prairie grass, wild flowers, scattered rocks on the trail, while offering great unobstructed views of the Flatirons, and occasionally Longs Peak, and some of the Indian Peaks.

The cool part about this trail is that it connects the Coalton Trail (accessed off McCaslin Blvd. in Superior) to the Marshal Mesa/Community Ditch trails making for a long, non-technical ride that has occasional short, yet steep and quick climbs, a cool "drop-off" at the bridge crossing over Community Ditch itself, as well some fast sections of newly made singletrack (which usually runs adjacent to the gravel trail).

Start at the Coalton Trailhead (in Superior), head West. The trail travels South for a bit after a quick steep climb, and eventually hooks up with the High Plains Trail. Take the downhill through the plains, crossing over several bridges, and rolling its way toward the Greenbelt Plateau Trail. Head North on the Greenbelt Plateau trail. Eventually you will come to a set of stairs, head down them, and take this fast track towards the cool drop-off at the bridge crossing over the Community Ditch itself. Go West immediately after crossing the bridge, and head towards the new sections of the Marshal Mesa trail. Ride the trail through the trees, cacti, rocks, that are scattered over this area. Continue East as the trail eventually turns away from the mountains, and meets up with the Community Ditch Trail. Continue heading East as you ride along the top of the plains. This part of the Marshal Mesa trail ends at S. 66th St. Turn around and head back the way you came, ending back at the Coalton Trailhead.

First added by Jurassic on May 30, 2007. Last updated May 7, 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
Trailhead is located on the North side of Hwy 128 which runs West out of Broomfield. It actually connects the Coalton Trail to Marshall Mesa/Community Ditch by way of the Greenbelt Plateau Trail.
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  • John Fisch

    Quite bland for the most part. Best for what it connects to.

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  • Subpar_Shredder

    I really enjoy this trail. It's a fun, quick XC style trail that's minimally technical. It's fun to ride it fast as all get out. It's disappointing that there's new "Singletrack" that shadows sections from people riding off the line over the past year.

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  • dralbright

    Short, quick, and relatively easy. A few small sections of rocks, but nothing to worry about. Good place for beginners how to pedal over small obstacles. You can connect to many of the Superior- and Boulder-area trails from here.

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  • steve32300

    If your familliar with the coaltin trail and ride it,then this addition will be a good thing for you.I myself used the coaltin trail and when they put this in we just had to go back and check it out.Thre is'nt any technical riding or challenging climbs,but if your exhausted from too much riding and need still need to get out and pedal then this is'nt a bad place.

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  • Someonelse

    I rode this trail this morning and I have to say it was a pretty good workout. Especially having just started mountain biking a couple of weeks ago. I started out on the Coalton trailhead, to High Plains, to Greenbelt Plateau, and west on Community Ditch to Eldorado Springs. Nothing special about the last two other than adding mileage but I really enjoyed High Plains as it provided a good mix of climbs and downhills both ways as well as a killer view! I know this is a beginner trail and being a beginner myself this was tough to conquer there and back taking a little over 3.5 hours. This run will be good practice for me for now.

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