Finding the Boulder, Superior, Louisville local gravel trails that might have been difficult to identify just by looking on a map!
Venturing through cow pastures, single track mountain bike trails, neighborhood paths and traditional bike paths made this route an unexpected adventure.
After a rainy and cold spring week, seeing the beauty of the Flatirons, snow covered mountains, flowering trees and green, green grass were a wonderful and welcome sight.
Trail closures at Marshal Mesa caused us to have to skip a big and fun section of single track, and the on-the-fly detour was on pavement.
Unfamiliar single track is still nerve wracking and challenging while also looking at the Wahoo map. It has been really nice for each of us to have our own Wahoo GPS so we can work together to identify turns. Rose’s Wahoo was having technical difficulties which made following the route feel a little clunky.
We had planned on a 40+ mile ride but because of detours and time constraints, we had to cut the route short and ride on busy paved roads to get back to the start.
Do this ride if you want a casual gravel ride that doesn’t have a lot of elevation gain but has some small technical challenges. (There was some steep single track and a few elevated cattle guards)
When we have had significant rain there may be mud on single track trails, and we should expect and plan for trail closures. Marshal Mesa Trails were on our original route (which you can see here), but were closed to help preserve the trails.
After we got home, we found there IS a site that lists Boulder trail closures that we COULD have checked before we left: https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/temporary-closures.
We parked at the Scott Carpenter Park Parking lot, from which it was easy to jump right on the Boulder Trail.