Mud season got you down? Hop out on any of these trails this May, and start getting in shape for this upcoming race season.
Boulder – Walker Ranch
Walker Ranch is great for groups of riders with varying abilities. Located near Boulder, this trail is open for spring riding and a great place to train for mountain bike race season. No matter which direction you go, you start with a fun and fast descent into a canyon. Beware, there is a section where you must carry your bike either up or down rocky steps, however this section is short and the scenery makes it worth the trek. The ascent is long but gradual which is good for getting in some early season cardio. Beware that this trail is very popular due to its proximity to Boulder. If you go, expect crowds on weekends and think twice when speeding around blind corners.
Golden – Apex Park
This technical trail will challenge even the most experienced riders. Hit this trail for a good spring time ride to help sharpen your technical skills on both the up and downhill sections. Trails in Apex park are directional depending on the day, so plan accordingly. Some of the best descents can be found on Enchanted Forest and Apex Trail which are open on even numbered days. Apex Park can be found off I-70 if you are coming from the mountains, or west on highway 40 if you are coming through Golden or Denver. Hit this trail in the spring to test out your technical skills before race season kicks in!
Greater Denver – Buffalo Creek
This is a great area for beginners. Buffalo Creek has tons of interconnected, flowy trails with less technical aspects, although the longer climbs can test your stamina. Very little of this area is flat, so keep in mind that every time you descend, there is most likely an equally long ascent around the corner. Buffalo Creek is a good place for first time racers, because of the close proximity to campsites, water stations and roads for an easy ride back to the car. Check out Buffalo Creek if you are looking for a good, introductory trail for springtime mountain bike training. Be sure to bring a trail map! The massive amount of interconnected trails can get confusing.
Fruita – Kokopelli Loops
If you are looking for a different kind of terrain, head away from the front range and into the desert canyons of Fruita. Mary’s loop is one of the most popular trails in this area and can be ridden either direction on any day. Mostly blue trails, the Kokopelli Loops are great for intermediate and beginner riders. Get excited for great views of desert features such as slot canyons and sandstone rock formations. In addition to good spring training, Fruita makes a great location for a long weekend getaway with plenty of warm weather and campgrounds.
Lakewood – Green Mountain
Short on time? Head out to Green Mountain in Lakewood and enjoy green/blue trails and 360 degree views of the Lakewood metro area. Green Mountain is great for kids or first time riders because of the wider trails and flatter terrain. If you are looking to increase stamina, take a few laps on the green/blue novice loop and practice breakout sprints without having to worry about technical terrain. For a more relaxing ride, just pop out at lunch or after work and enjoy the open trail and scenery. This trail is great for spring rides because of its easy access and close proximity to the front range.
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