A beautiful state park within 20 minutes of downtown Denver.
The ability to park right off of 470 in Morrison so you don’t have to pay the park fee.
When we went after work, there were very few people which allowed us to tackle the singletrack at our own pace without feeling pressure from other riders.
We are realizing that singletrack is slower than our typical speeds and interrupts our momentum and flow.
The singletrack trails on the north side of the park are more technical, rocky and have a lot of erosion which meant we were off our bikes more than a few times.
Finally realizing that I (Laura) need to switch over from road to mountain bike pedals and cleats. (It was extremely frustrating to get dirt and mud stuck in road cleats which made it almost impossible to clip in and out.)
Do this ride if you have a limited amount of time to be on your bike and you just want to get some time on trails.
This ride would have received 3 or 4 stars from us if we had had the time to bike to Bear Creek on the Denver bike trails. We enjoy being on our bikes and getting miles in. To drive for 20 minutes for only 10 miles of biking (in which those miles were slow!) made us realize that only doing singletrack is not our ideal bike ride.
The Phillips 66 gas station across from where we parked and started is a great place to get water and use the bathroom. Biking into the park means it is free and you don’t have to pay park fees!
Laura Karpinski and Rose Barcklow are the creators of Gravel Bike Adventures. Click on the About page to learn more about them.