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The Switzerland Trail in the peaks west of Boulder was named for the spectacular mountain scenery along this remote and former railroad route. Although why it had to be named after another country...
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We explored a short 2-mile section near the middle of the Farmers' High Line Canal Trail. We began at Margaret's Pond in Westminster, where there is a small parking area, and then biked to the Northwest Open Space in Northglenn. This segment was all concrete. At first, we just traveled along the trail paralleling Legacy Ridge Parkway through a pleasant neighborhood, but the trail really got fun when it turned off the roadway to parallel Niver Canal. We enjoyed having the babbling canal by our side and saw redwing blackbirds and many other birds swooping through this area. At Federal Boulevard, take a moment to look down the roadway to the "Savery Savory Mushrooms" water tower, which is styled to look like a giant can of mushrooms and dates back to 1925. At the underpass for the boulevard, you'll see the trail's name posted, but there was no other trail signage along the route. Just past this point, we took a little detour around a pond and saw a pelican, cormorants, and ducks. We continued down the trail a short distance farther, still closely following the canal, to the Northwest Open Space, where we turned around and headed back.
I rode the entire loop today and it is now virtually all completed. There are only one or two very short pieces to ride on a road. I went counterclockwise. Be careful eat County Road 11C. I turned north and ended up on the Front Range Trail and ended up in Ft Collins. Jog left and you will catch the trail that continues west. It is a nice ride and keeps you out of traffic.
The trial from the Westminster City Park to the east end is all nice pavement, in mostly open fields. There the very nice Big Dry Creek Park at about 5 miles from the start. The trail ends just east of I-25. The tunnel under I-25 can flood, and the path there can be covered in debris. This is hard to see coming from brilliant sunshine in to the tunnel. I took a nasty spill there.
My wife and I started from Standley lake and rode down to Westminster City park and bit beyond to make a 15 mile RT, and then back. Surface for the ~1.25 miles from Standley lake is crushed gravel -- the rest was mostly well maintained concrete., with a short stretch on 99th, a quiet street. Note that the South-side paths after Standley are paved, north-side is not, but that's where the Trail.link map will take you. South-side looks very new.
This was a very pleasant ride. The surface is smooth, and new. The Greenway was destroyed in Sept. 2013 floods. Construction is continuing west of S. Pratt Pkwy. The traillink map needs updating as the new constructed path is not quite the same as before -- on the other side of the creek in places. Go and enjoy.
We rode the southwestern tip of Big Dry Creek Trail on a lovely May day, beginning near Westminster City Park and traveling past Highway 36 to Standley Lake. We greatly enjoyed the experience. Although you are never far from residential homes and a few retail hubs, the trail is nicely tucked into nature and closely follows the creek. There were outstanding views of the ravine, stretches of open space, and the mountains with lots of benches and picnic areas along the way. We saw many types of birds—including pelicans, red-winged blackbirds, swallows, and some type of hawk—as well as prairie dogs. The trail was paved until we approached the lake and then it was hard-packed crushed stone, which our hybrids handled well. It was roughly 10 miles roundtrip, which was easily doable for our 10-year-old daughter; no steep inclines, no street crossings (there were several underpasses to bypass traffic), and only one small stretch of on-road riding for a couple of blocks on a quiet rural road (not a single car even passed us). A pleasant surprise was all the beautiful artwork along the trail; every street underpass had painted murals.
We had a wonderful time on the LoBo Trail, beginning our ride from Boulder's Celestial Seasonings parking lot after a great tour of the tea factory. The trail’s scenery was beautiful: a mixture of shady tree corridors and open fields with long grasses and wildflowers. Quiet neighborhoods buffered the trail just beyond the trees, and we saw many people out enjoying a weekend bike ride or walking their dogs. The trail was largely hard-packed crushed stone, which our hybrid bikes handled easily. There was a short break in the trail between Twin Lakes Road and Lookout Road, but that afforded us the opportunity to access a commercial area where we stopped for lunch.
Overall, this is a pretty good urban trail.
Pros: Pretty well shaded, well marked in most places and lots of places to access or exit the trail. Great views of the mountains around Pecos and Federal when running westbound.
Cons: There are a lot surface-level street crossings starting at and east of Huron St. Trail runs next to busy roads for stretches.
Perfect for an out of towner like myself. Trail was easy to follow especially with this app!
My wife and I rode this trail out and back this week. Parking was good but you do need to find the lots and that can be difficult. The trail itself is wonderful. Lots of shade, open areas, and mixed riding with a nice climb and decent coming and going. The surface is well packed and wide. We saw many other bikers and walkers even though it was a workday. Our biggest complaint, and it caused more miles than planned, is horrible to non-existent signage. There are large blue signs at some intersections with the trail name but no direction on the signs. There are numerous trail junctions to neighborhoods, other trails, and shopping but not one sign to show where the main trail leads. For added confusion these off-shoot trails have the same surface as the main trail and look the same. At one major intersection the trail split 3 ways, we took what looked like the main trail and ended up in a car wash and the trail literally disappearing. Talking with locals who were on the trail was no help as many only used the connector trails and did not know where the main trail was. After finally figuring out the main trail with many detours we turned around before we would have liked and headed back. So, if going on this trail, know the trail before you go.
This trail from Mile High Stadium north to Thornton was awesome. The path is all concrete with a few brief exceptions. The trail is well laid out, good signage. The are frequent rest spots and even quite a few places to relieve yourself if need be with porta potties that were surprisingly clean. Lots of wildlife and open areas. Well worth the trip.
It's great to experience the vast beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and there is no better place than in Estes Park! The Lake Estes Trail offers panoramic views at any given point as you circle around the lake and ride along side the Lake Estes Golf Club. At a little under 4 miles it makes a great hiking/walking trail as well as cycling. Enjoy the view of the Stanley Hotel or drop a line in the lake as you make your way around...this trail offers much to do for all!
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