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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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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!
I started at the northern terminus (small parking area) at 136th and Brighton Rd. I rode out to 88th Ave and back, which was 20 miles total. The first 6.5 miles to 104th Ave are very nice with less obvious/ugly man-made intrusions and lots of natural scenery. South of 104th, you see more fences, power lines, construction areas, urbanization, etc., but it is still nice as you travel along within the river's greenbelt. In this section, near the crossing at McKay Rd., there a couple of short gravel detours but also some nice new path [re]construction just being finished up. Overall, the path itself is excellent as it is wide and very smooth concrete. The course it takes is flat and easy though there is an overall ascent/descent (~10'/mile) based on whether you are going up or down river. Despite it being mid-December with no leaves in the trees and most everything browned out, there are some very pretty cottonwood groves and marshland areas Also, there was plenty of waterfowl varieties to see including Great Blue Herons and a fair number of raptors including a couple of Bald Eagles. I plan on returning during other times of the year to how it looks in the other seasons and because it is such a great recreation resource.
I had the opportunity to take this trail from mid-section to end at Cherry Creek State Park. I enjoyed it so much. The trail takes you through parks and follows streams and creeks. You get a diverse view of Colorado landscape including breathtaking views of the mountains on a clear day.
This is my second review for this trail. The starting point is S. Public road in Lafayette. The trail parallels the river and is quite nice. It goes by the park in Lafayette, then up toward 42. There is a decent climb up to the Aquarius trail head and a spectacular view. From then on, you are heading down hill with some lessor hills along the way. The trail goes by the back of the Dillon road tech center. Then you will go by the Rock Creek country club. There are signs saying to watch out for golf balls. At Superior, you have the opportunity to link with the Coulton trail. The trail does a button hook by the town hall. This is an out and back trail for the most part with nice scenery and wildlife. Note that there will be construction from Nov 19, 2018. The Coal Creek Regional Trail will be closed between McCaslin Boulevard and the US 36 Bikeway on Monday, November 19th. This closure will be ¿in place for approximately 6 months while improvements are made to the Coal Creek corridor. A signed detour will be available to guide bicyclists and pedestrians from the US 36 Bikeway through Downtown Superior to McCaslin Boulevard.
Did this trail in 2 sections. First, starting at Hwy 36, I went east all the way to I-25 and back (~14 miles). This section of the trail is wonderful. The new, wide smooth concrete path weaves and rolls following the creek though a surprisingly wide open and pretty green belt. There are wetland and prairie areas where it is possible to see various bird and wildlife. You feel like you are in the middle of a wildlife area for the most part. 5 stars.
From Hwy 36 to the west, the trail is not nearly as good quality as the other direction. To me, it was more convoluted and confusing as it goes close by office buildings, apartments/homes, stores, schools, etc. There are some new concrete sections to go with older areas and the pea gravel section on the climb to Standley Lake. Though there are pretty areas and some wildlife, for the most part, it feels like you are in the middle of suburbia. 3 stars.
Though not overly busy, I encountered other riders, runners, stroller pushers, dog walkers, etc. All seemed to be enjoying themselves!
My wife and I rode this in late September. Gorgeous weather and scenery. Trail has 2 or 3 brief (few 100 yards) steep sections, but is generally a very gentle uphill path. Can be understandably noisy with I-70 noise, but is still a wonderful biking experience. We rode from Glenwood to Bair Ranch exit and back to Glenwood. Awesome in spite of our mutual head colds!!
My wife and I rode late September. Beautiful day and scenery. We went from Glenwood to Carbondale and in spite of our mutual head colds, found the trail to be an easy enough ride. Winds did pick up in the afternoon, but not enough to be a detriment
We loved this trail! My family, which includes an 8-year-old child, rode the entire loop in a clockwise direction from Ice Palace Park at the north end of the city. Traveling this direction allowed us to kick off our ride with lots of historical goodies; many mining relics lie along the northeastern side of the loop; historical signage tells you the story of the mining industry here. Shortly after leaving the park, you'll need to cross Highway 24, but as Leadville is a relatively quiet town, this was not difficult; there is also a brief on-road section (about 200 yards) along 12th Street, but it's a very quiet road, so even novice riders should feel comfortable. As you continue past mile markers 2 and 3, the trail is absolutely beautiful and lined with pine trees. You'll see a glimpse of paralleling railroad tracks here and, if your timing is right, a scenic excursion train as well. The depot for the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad is right in town, if you want to add a sight-seeing tour to your trip. Towards the middle of the trail, you'll see more aspens and, in mid-September, they were gorgeously golden. One of our favorite parts of the trail was the awesome downhill ride with fun twists and turns between mile markers 8 and 10 on the southwestern side of the loop. As you approach the end of the trail, at mile marker 11, the trail becomes more residential and you'll see Leadville's downtown. NOTE: The one downside to the trail (and the only reason I didn't give it 5 out of 5 stars) is that there are almost no amenities; we recommended bringing lots of water with you and beginning/ending your journey in Ice Palace Park, where there are clean restrooms and a drinking fountain on the side of the building.
I biked this trail when I was pregnant. Now I want to bike
it both ways in 2 days with my child in a bike trailer. Do you guys know of any Airbnb’s or some type of lodging right off the bike trail with a restaurant within walking distance? I do not want to travel on roads with my child. Thanks!!
Great scenery, easy trail.
I bike this trail every few weeks or so. Great scenery, people are courteous.
The Arkansas River section goes 3 miles beyond what TrailLink shows, and the Fort Creek section adds another 5 miles, all excellent concrete surface. See https://www.pueblo.us/314/Pueblo-River-Trail-System for a nice PDF map.
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