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Level: Beginner
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +230/ -228 ft
Total: 71 riders

Mountain Biking Marshall Road Open Spaces

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#392 of 1,354 mountain bike trails in Colorado
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This trail is fairly easy except for the first climb. Take a look at the trailhead for the route you would like to take. The trail changes in several directions and make sure you watch for no bikes sign. A lot of this open space is closed to bikers. Nevertheless, ride up to the first intersection over the canal bridge and take a left. This will head east for a bit and then you will start you descent with will u-turn it way back heading west. Follow this trail all the way until it ends at HWY 93. Look over the road to the southwest; there you will see a trail that leads down into Eldorado Canyon. Take this 4x4 road until it ends. At this point it is up to the rider if you would like to head back or make the route into a loop by heading north and then taking paved roads back to the trailhead. Explore around the entire open space. On ascent, you can actually take a jeep road which will take you all the way back to Superior. However, if you do not know the area, stick to an out and back format for your ride. This ride is great for a recovery ride or great for beginners looking to get comfortable on there bike.

First added by Pain_Is_Relative on Aug 18, 2004. Last updated Apr 29, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Heading South from Boulder on HWY 93, take a left heading East on Marshall Road. The trail parking lot will be on your right hand side. You cannot miss it. Heading from Denver, take US 36 heading northwest until you get to the Superior/Layfette exit. On the off-ramp intersection take a left heading south. You will pass back over the high way and take a right at the intersection heading toward Wild Oats and Super Target. This Road will turn into Marshall Road. You will stay on this road heading west for about 5 miles. The Marshall Road turn off will be on your left after you pass the cattle range. If you hit HWY 93 you have gone to far. Turn around and look for the trailhead on your right.
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  • John Fisch

    Mostly uninteresting trail. Worth a quick spin if you live in the area, or you can get big mileage by combining it with other area trails. Like all of Boulder County, it can get busy.

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  • bcall0420

    Brief loop around Marshall open space. As stated earlier, a fun evening ride for after work. Nice views of the FlatIrons as well!

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  • jeeper

    An easy and fun trail for a quicke ride at low elevation. I was surprised that this trail could actually be ridden as a loop without crossing hwy 93. Start out going left after the bridge for a good little climb up some single track. The steepest part of this climb is fairly short. Once at the top you merge with the Community Ditch Trail. At this point the trail is double track, rocky (not rough) road. The trail continues like this all the way to hwy 93. Instead of crosssing the highway I took the singletrack down which led back to the trailhead. This section of trail is a fun, fairly smooth singletrack with some rolls and dips and it is all downhill. If you take this route you will only log about 3.5 miles for the whole loop but you could aways go around again or explore some of the other trails. There are a lot of hikers with dogs there so watch out for them. Also, there are a lot of coyotes, you may see one or two.

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  • Rebus   ✓ supporter

    Connect this trail up with the Greenbelt Plateau trail and you can really log some descent miles. The Greenbelt Plateau has one steady climb that can be used for speed work, and a loose track downhill that you can really fly on. Going down the connector trail to the Community Ditch/Marshall Mesa trail is a bouncy rocky affair, but any beginner can manage it. The ride to the Marshall trailhead is very quick and uneventful. This would be good trail to take the kids.

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    Trail is mostly for begginers. One very short OK downhill section. Good trail if you only have an hour or so.

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  • Marlin_D/H

    This is a good trail for begginers or someone looking for a quick ride in the evening. It can be fast and if you do deciede to take the road back to the parking area, it can provide a really good aerobic work out for most of it tends to be an up hill climb.

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