Level: Advanced
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 3 riders

Mountain Biking Platte River Trail

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#466 of 1,346 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#5156 in the world

This is a simple out-and back with a lot of technical sections and some hike-a-bike. It climbs sharply for a mile, then goes another mile on bench cut sidehill, before dropping sharply back to the South Platte River and paralleling the river for the last mile. The trail appears to be built primarily to provide anglers a route around private property to gain access to the further reaches of the South Platte. There is a route that ascends out of the river valley, but it appeared to be a straight up, shoulder the bike the whole way suffer fest only to loop back on dirt roads, so you're better off just doing an out and back.

First added by John Fisch on Jul 17, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 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
From Lake George, go West on US 24. Right outside of town, take Co Rd 77 North toward Taryall. After 1.3 miles, go right on Co Rd 112. Within a couple hundred yards the road will hit a T. Ro right at the T. The trailhead is on the left about 2 miles from the T (shortly before the road hits a gate into private property).
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  • John Fisch   ✓ supporter

    This was a great find! If you've ridden everything in the area and are looking for something new, and don't mind dismounting from time to time, than give this one a go. The initial climb will challenge you with its grade and rocks. Once you hit a mandatory dismount, the grade and the technical factor drop off sharply. But only for a bit--the jagged rock gardens reappear and become more and more frequent. The drop back down to the river is challenging in places and, while you're having all that fun, take note of the fact you'll have to climb back out on this same route. You will walk a bit. The rock gardens are tough enough and the dismounts frequent enough to hold this one back from being a great ride, but it's still well worth a stop, especially if you fancy yourself a strong technical rider.

    * Review edited 7/16/2011

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