We appreciated the vast network of South Boulder trails. It is pretty phenomenal to be able to do 40+ miles of mostly gravel trails without going into the foothills or mountains.
All the single track was non-technical which allowed us to play with our speeds and feel more confident on that terrain.
It was nice to create a gravel route that didn’t have 4,000+ ft of elevation gain. During the summer we tend to ride in the mountains and challenge ourselves with crazy climbing. We enjoyed doing a flatter ride!
The South Boulder trails were moderately used so there were times we had to slow down to pass runners and walkers. We assume it would probably be less crowded on a weekday.
Do this ride if you are looking for flat, fast and easy gravel trails in the South Boulder area.
Be prepared for close encounters with cows on Coalton Trail. The cattle are free range and often wander onto the trail. They don’t seem aggressive but it is intimidating to ride alongside such large animals.
Although there are not bathrooms and service stations directly on this route, it would be very easy to stop to refuel because you're in populated areas.
We parked at the Coalton Trailhead where there was public parking and bathrooms.
Laura Karpinski and Rose Barcklow are the creators of Gravel Bike Adventures. Click on the About page to learn more about them.