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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +1,068/1 ft
Total: 33 riders
 

Mountain Biking North Fork

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#783 of 1,344 mountain bike trails in Colorado
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This is a new machine-made singletrack, that largely runs on the side of mtn's. Can be done either as out/back, with folks usually starting at the bottom next to the South Platte River. OR this track shows a shuttle ride starting at the top. VERY smooth track, almost no rocks. Goes down generally, but the start is a steep uphill on Hummingbird trail, to get to the North Fork trail. You can also start a bit farther down on Hwy 97, at the campground. I think you will miss much of the steep climb up Hummingbird. If you start at the north lot, take the north section of Hummingbird to get to the North Fork trail.
The track is really smooth and "green", but the climbs rate it as intermediate. Nice downhills, since they aren't so steep that you are riding your brakes all the way.

First added by gregval on Apr 30, 2020. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
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Take 285 to Conifer, then go south on Hwy 97 to Reynolds Park. You can park at the north lot or south lot. This track starts at the south lot.
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  • redbike29
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    This was the first time riding this trail, and glad I tried it. Riding it in December, and having snow, I thought the south and west trail exposure would melt the snow, and I was right. Other trails in the area were not ridable, because of the snow but this trail was 99.9% dry. The trail had no traffic, and nice views. It is not technical at all, but is a steady, wearing climb, but not a steep as other near by trails.

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter
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    Nice trail, but nothing spectacular - a four star at best imo. Super well signed with every junction signed and with mile markers every two miles. Enjoyed the main climb - long but never crazy steep. There are some fun downs too as you do the main climb. The Hummingbird loop left a bit to be desired imo. The main downhill back to the South Platte has some good moments but doesn't compare to the downhills at Buffalo Creek. The scree is never deep and was pretty tacky today with the recent rain. It is 21.1 miles if ridden as an out and back. Saw lots of wildflowers still -- blazing star, groundsel, aster, showy aster, western yarrow, gumweed, etc.

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  • John Fisch
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    Excellent trail with great views! Well laid out. Challenging but doable climb to cool ridgetop riding and killer scenery. Nothing technical, but a great place to go for a nice spin away from everyone.

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  • Gary Schomberger
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    This is a beautifully smooth trail. Easy to ride down hill. If you're up for some good climbing start at the base. Oddly had two sidewall blowouts on separate bikes..... Bring lots of food and water if you make it an out and back.

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  • MaelstromWBC
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    This trail is a little out of the way to get it if coming from Denver. The trail is well made, machine made on the side of the mountain. Terrain is very loose kitty-litter, but not so lose that has huge problems with turning. It's a very smooth grade. Almost no rocks, roots, or holes. Only a handful of switchbacks on the entire trail. It's 95% singletrack, there is a small double track portion that lasts maybe a mile. The trail itself I would rate a blue-green low intermediate. But the length and climbing turn it into a true intermediate. If ridden as an out and back, I suggest starting at the South Platte Hotel trailhead, and starting with a climb, then turning around at Reynolds. On paper it looks like an 8 miles climb and then an 8 mile decent, but riding it back down there's still a bit of climbing. As soon as one hits nice DH high speed there's a climb that kills momentum. I found that kind of annoying. On the other hand, when climbing North, you climb for a bit, then you have a little DH to take a break, then more climbing. It's a nice trail if you just want to try something new. Due to it's abundant sunlight, it is free of snow when other trails will still have snow. Check it out and decide for yourself.

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