July 23, 2015
The many trails here make for many variations of rides available in the Valley. Last night we did a Valley Loop. We started up Massey trail with is .3 miles up to the base of the west foothill. Then we headed north along Colorow which is a winding double to single track cruise through the prairie grass--be sure to look up through the Dutch Creek notch for a great view of downtown Denver. After 1.5 miles Colorow cuts east another .5 then we cut north again on Stove Prairie Trail to hook up with the Bradford Trail bearing east, then north along the KC/Manor Ridge border. The brad for Trail curves east through some great Red Rock formations, and Red Rocks is in clear view up the valley. Bear right on Lark Bunting Loop and prepare for three very technical rocky sections before spilling out into the east prairie for some more winding downhill single track. Just before the loop heads back north, stay southward and you can either take the Hogback trail through the valley or the Lyons Trail up and along the top of the hogback. If you choose the later, be sure to bale down either the Kiln Trail or stick to the Lyons Trail--the Ridge trail is some of the most technical riding in the valley and best left to the hikers. Either way you end up with a screaming mile along Hogback trail to the stop light. To complete the Valley Loop, cross the road and head south on Cathy Johnson, then west along Deer Creek road to South Valley Park and head back north through more spectacular rock formations. You half-expect to see Dinosaurs grazing in the prairie below.
This loop is a great ride, with climbs to get the blood pumping and cruising descents to keep you smiling. Adrenaline junkies might be bored, but for the rest of us it makes for a gorgeous blast of a ride.