Matthews Winters

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.75 out of 5
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Intermediate
6
miles

Singletrack
↑ 800 ft
↓ 900 ft
6,373
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Matthews/Winters is a good starting point for more than one trail. From the parking lot, go down the trail and over the bridge. Just after the bridge is the Villiage Walk loop, a short 1mi beginner loop that can be ridden in either direction. If you go straight (counter clockwise) in about .3mi you will come to the Red Rocks trail on the right, at this point you can either continue straight ahead to finish the Villiage Walk loop or head onto the Red Rocks trail. If you take the Village Walk loop back to the parking lot you can continue on to the Dakota Ridge trail by riding across Hwy 26 and up the hill on the other side. If you take the Red Rocks trail, at about 1mi you will come to the Morrison Slide trail alternate on the right. Morrison Slide is an alternate that reconnects with the Red Rocks trail in 1.2mi. You have a choice to continue straight on the Red Rocks trail and stick with less climbing or turn onto the Morrison Slide trail and go up several switchbacks to the "tabletop", the views here are great but there are some very rocky switchbacks on the downhill side awaiting you. At the bottom of the switchbacks the Morrison Slide trail re-connects with the Red Rocks trail at which point you can turn right and coninue on to the Ampitheatre and Dakota Ridge trail or turn left and take the Red Rocks trail back to the Villiage Walk trail and on to the parking lot. If you decided to pass the first Morrison Slide cutoff and continue straight on the Red Rocks trail for .8mi you can return by turning right onto the Morrison Slide trail and following it back in the reverse direction.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (51 total check-ins)
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  TrekBiker42   on Aug 19, 2017
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  wilsonm73   on Jun 27, 2017
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Reviews (24)
 

Bunny Hop

June 25, 2017
 
Review: The high trail is very fun and technical with rocks. If you go to the plateau you will find loose shale looking rock patches that are fun but... sharp. Tires beware. Super fun trail and will ride again soon

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Gnarly


March 12, 2016
 
Review: One of the best and roughest trails I've ridden. Tested my technical abilities on the ascents and descents. I was very glad I had brought my kona stinky six as I know I used all of my travel. I rode the Dakota ridge trail north to south, then picked up red-rock trail to Morrison Slide from south to north and back to red-rock and the parking lot. I then rode the opposite direction(counterclockwise) and completed a second loop. Morrison slide north to south is awesome! I fell off the trail at one switchback and crashed several more times. Dakota ridge riding south to north was fun but not worth the pain and suffering. All told for both loops I rode 15 miles and ascended and descended 4,000ft of terrain in 4 hours.

Similar Trail: Reminds me of Pilot Rock in Pisgah National Forest; Brevard, North Carolina.

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Gramcounter

August 2, 2015
 
Review: A true denver Classic Mathew winters is a great trail with a verity of terrain

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Granny Gear

July 9, 2015
 
Review: Love this trail. Start at Mathews Winters and pick up Red Rock Trail to E. Alameda Parkway Lot and back again. Quick ride, has numerous tech aspects sprinkled throughout. Fail on some, succeed on others. Varies day to day. In all a great quick ride. Can't imagine how crowded it gets on the weekends. I show up around 10am on weekdays and the lot is relatively full.

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Bunny Hop

June 16, 2015
apalten Bunny Hop  
 
Review: The trail itself is actually cool, I'd give it a four. BUT it's soooo crowded with hikers that you couldn't really bike so that's why I gave it a 3.

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Gramcounter

June 17, 2014
 
Review: This trail is pretty short. To me its part of Red Rocks. You defiantly need to connect this trails to Red Rocks and Dakota Ridge. Mabye add Green Mountain in there.

Similar Trail: Red rocks

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Trailblazer


May 10, 2014
cobeartown Trailblazer  
 
Review: Fun trail, did not do the switchbacks but gave a good workout.

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Gnarly

June 3, 2013
 
Review: Rode this trail because we were in the area and it was well praised by a friend who happened to be an advanced rider. I consider myself a beginner to intermediate rider and I am pretty decent at obstacles but the technical sections on this trail was just insane. Tight switchbacks on rocky, jagged rocks with little room for error. Making a miscalculation on this trail will likely spell a trip to the ER. I would rate these sections as "advanced" and would not recommend this trail for a beginner. Another gripe I have about this trail is how busy it gets. Runners, hikers, dog walkers galore. We were there on a week day too so imagine how busy it is on the weekends. 6 miles is too short, specially when you have to hike your bike through a few sections. Not as enjoyable if you're not advanced and can't do the tricks that's required in this trail.

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Gnarly

August 19, 2014
tbooth87 Gnarly  
 
Review: Trail definitely gets technical after the water crossing. Tried it today for the first time. First mtb ride, first ride w/ clipless pedals. I do not recommend this trail for others in my situation. I put my bike on its side quite a few times, but hey, who doesn't like a few battle wounds?! ;)

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Gnarly

June 7, 2013
Guest Gnarly  
 
Review: I completely agree with the previous review. Started out to be a nice seim-technical ride and then all hell showed up. Not for a beginner or early intermediate rider. Yes a slight error in judgment and you are in for a painful experience, The bikes only sign was nice until the trail merged with the walkers and dog walkers--way too much traffic.

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Singletrack


January 21, 2013
 
Review: Winter update: the trail is almost completely dry and almost abandoned on weekedays; like the previous reviewer said, it is very crowded on weekends.

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Epic


January 21, 2013
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: Fantastic scenery. Loooooots of people. If ridden south to north, the climb is a real aerobic challenge. This trail makes the perfect loop with Dakota Ridge, especially if you can do it during a non-peak time.

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Matthews Winters MTB Trail 3.75 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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