Trails in the open space are well marked and are classified for difficulty. The trails here go through the fields and up around two small reserviors. At the top of the open space is a trail called The Chutes. This trail is an out and back and climbs about 600 feet over a couple of miles to Gold Camp Road. Turn around at the top here for a fast and fun ride down. The trail is banked and built for speed. Be careful of other bikers or hikers coming up the trail. The Chutes, although short, is one of the best trails in town.
Review: Not very impressed thus far with the reroute of the Chutes on top. The first 100 yards or so is fine. They kept the nature of the old trail (fast). Then you hit a sequence of four curves. It seems the main intent of the curves is to kill speed. Turn #1 is a little tight and not bermed. Turn #2 is tighter but at least it is bermed some. Turn #3 is too tight and not bermed, and Turn #4 is the same. Since they had a small trail cat in use, they could have bermed the turns and made the radius long enough to maintain good speed. Maybe I understood wrongly, but I thought the plan was to make The Chutes one way and downhill only. So I don't get the structure of the curves. If anyone has any insights, please share them. Hoping.
Review: I rode a number of trails in this area but not the Chutes. The trails I rode were two-way cross-country style trails, weak on technical features but quite pleasant. It was a weekday but there were still several dog walkers.
Review: The local trail crew has done a great job giving Stratton some TLC of late. The Chutes are in fantastic condition, the best I have ever seen. Stratton may not be very technical, but it is a pleasure to ride and great access to trails above High Drive.
Review: I rode Chamberlain for the first time today, it is a good steady incline with a few switchbacks, it's work, but the ride back down is totally worth it. It is a fine trail for beginner riders. It is a very well kept trail and gives great views of the Broadmoor.
Review: Climbed from the bottom of Stratton (La Veta THD) to the top of High Drive and then back down Jacks and Stratton. Very nice climb ~ 1600'. Good training climb that you can take as fast as you like. Plus, the scenery is exceptional. Really enjoyed the climb and of course the descent. Next time, I want to go farther and go up above High Drive.
Review: From the parking lot to old gold camp road is a 900ft elevation gain, but that also means a 900ft drop. The gravel is loss and makes sliding a factor along with speed. Although this trail is maintained there are still a lot of areas that are worn down. Numbers is people use this trail system and dogs are not usually leashed. Great view of the city and a good in and out trail.