We felt like we found a new gravel playground near North Table Mountain, as well as around Blunn Reservoir and Tucker Lake. We kept shouting to each other, “let’s try that next time”! (More routes to come…!)
We imagine the Fairmont Canal Trail gets busy with runners and dog walkers at times but we have been on it twice now (once, early on a Sunday Morning, and on a weekday afternoon), and both times it was very quiet.
Blunn Reservoir and Tucker Lake are quite beautiful with incredible clear blue water!
There is a fun difference between a gravel road and a trail and we often find it difficult to scout trails that are do-able on a gravel bike. This route near North Table Mountain provides the enjoyment and thrill of being on a trail without the fear of big technical challenges.
The gravel trails around Crown Hill Park had lots of little bugs and gnats on it. Luckily, we had buffs around our neck that we could quickly pull up over our nose and mouth, but otherwise we would have gotten a little extra “protein” in that section of the ride.
Do this ride if you are looking for something close to Denver and Golden and want to play on mostly non-technical, flat and fast gravel trails. You’ll get lovely views of North Table Mountain, Blunn Reservoir and Tucker Lake.
There are public bathrooms near the beginning, both at Sloans Lake and Crown Hill Park.
This ride is not remote, so there are also gas stations and convenient stores along the route. Never the less, we still recommend taking adequate water and snacks with you.
New Terrain Brewing is right off the trails at about mile 12 on the way out and 25 on the way back… A Quote on their website is: “Alive is the pursuit of adventures unknown & territories unseen… The unbound journey exists or those who wander.” Sounds like our kind of people!!! They have a huge amount of outdoor seating so it is Covid-friendly!
We started this ride from Sloans Lake, but you could start from Crown Hill Park if you want to shorten the route a bit.
Laura Karpinski and Rose Barcklow are the creators of Gravel Bike Adventures. Click on the About page to learn more about them.