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Cycling the Colorful Colorado Rockies

By Richard Fox

Colorado offers endless opportunities for mountain biking, especially in the Rocky Mountains. Most trails are technical but there are also lots of trails that the novice can handle.

The aspens turn bright yellow in late September to early October depending on elevation, adding even more stunning beauty to the mountain scenery.  Kenosha Pass is one of the most popular leaf peeping areas in the state because of it’s location about an hour southwest on US285 from the Denver metro area and the wide panoramas of fall foliage seen there.

The Colorado Trail crosses US285, open to mountain biking here.  The trail that heads west is steeper and more technical, however the eastern side that is open to bikes for its first 6.5 miles is more for the novice.  During peak leaf peeping season, however, expect scores of hikers on the trail, especially on weekends.  Another option is a forest service road that starts here and passes some great aspen stands.

Trailhead for the Colorado Trail at Kanesha Pass.
Trailhead for the Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass.
Colorado Trail with fall color.
Colorado Trail with fall color.
Cycling the Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass.
Cycling the Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass.
A great spot for lunch overlooking the valley.
A great spot for lunch overlooking the valley.
Heading back down the Colorado Trail.
Heading back down the Colorado Trail.

Boulder, Colorado’s Fabulous Boulder Creek Trail

By Richard Fox

Home of the University of Colorado and the Buffalos, Boulder has grown into its own as an ultra popular place to live with a progressive slant and with one of the best bicycle infrastructures in the US.  Although automobile traffic has become an issue here, a series of bike trails connect various points of the city, most complete with underpasses to enable seamless cycling away from the roadways.  The highlight is the great Boulder Creek Trail, that follows Boulder Creek from beautiful Boulder Canyon west of town, through a scenic stretch of greenbelts,  the exciting downtown district, and out into the city’s eastern districts.  Connecting trails take the rider to many of the city’s features.  It is a great Bike ‘n Brunch ride than can result in between 10 to 25 miles of easy scenic cycling.

The Rockies are prominent on the trail heading west.
The Rockies are prominent on the trail heading west.
Lake along the South Boulder Creek Trail.
Lake along the South Boulder Creek Trail.
Many scenic bridges cross back and forth across pretty Boulder Creek.
Many scenic bridges cross back and forth across pretty Boulder Creek.
Underpasses such as this one downtown make riding an uninterrupted delight.  Historic Pearl Street and plenty of dining options await downtown.
Underpasses such as this one downtown make riding an uninterrupted delight. Historic Pearl Street and plenty of dining options await downtown.
The trail though beautiful Boulder Canyon turns to gravel about 1 mile up.
The trail through beautiful Boulder Canyon turns to gravel about 1 mile up.
Pausing downtown at the flood display.  The green monument shows various levels of historic floods.
Pausing downtown at the flood display. The green monument shows various levels of historic floods.