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Old 04-28-09, 01:13 PM   #1
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Urban Trails In Norther Colorado

My wife (72) and I greatly enjoy exploring urban trails as we travel. So, we have been thinking and planning to explore some trails in the Greeley/Longmont/Loveland/Fort Collins area.

Likely we would stay at a motel in one of the above, and do about 20-30 miles each day.

So far, I have found the following trails. (By trails, for my wife - 72, I mean a cement, asphalt or hard-surface gravel-type trail, pretty level).

Trails in N Colorado

Fort Collins
Poudre Trail 10 miles
Spring Creek Trail 7 miles
Fossil Creek Trail 4 miles
Spring Creek South 3.5
Misc equals 29 miles total
Loveland 15.5 milesfrom Boyd Lake to the Big Thompson River

Longmont St Vrain Greenway 5 miles and several other greenways

Greeley Poudre River Trail Corridor 20 miles going west along the Big Thompson River

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Previous trails we have explored in the past in Colorado include all of the Summit County trail system, Grand Junction, the Glenwood - Aspen trail, the Glenwood Canyon trail, Salida, the Santa Fe Trail near Palmer Lake/AFA, some of the CO Springs area, etc.

I am wondering if I have missed any trails in the Northern Colorado area, or if anyone had some comments about the trails I have located.

We will be riding hybrids/mtn bikes

Thanks

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Old 04-28-09, 07:34 PM   #2
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Please add the "Blue Sky Trail" - 15 miles from Lori State Park to Horsetooth through 4,000 acres of open space. A beginning single track.
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Fort Collins- Include the Coyote Ridge trail. MTBs approx. 2 miles one way but a good climb.
Also Mason Trail connecting Fossil Creek with the CSU campus and Spring Creek.
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I commute on the Poudre Trail to Greeley from Windsor (you mistakenly stated it runs along the Big Thompson by the way.....it is in fact the Poudre River). It's a nice trail, quite meandering (as one might expect) at times, but not always next to the river. There are several exit points along the way, but one stretch is several miles with no intersection. There was some construction yet to be done (pouring concrete) a couple of miles before the eastern terminus on the northeast side of Greeley, but it was still passable on bumpy dirt/gravel mix (I was only that far east once because I turn before that to go to work). Not sure about the current status of that section.

There are some short trails running north and south that I typically pick my way through to get to work from the Poudre Trail, but they do not currently intersect. Also, there is a bike path along the South Platte on the south side of town, but I am not familiar with it beyond knowing its existence.
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Yes, Cache La Poudre.

According to a web search it was totally finished about 12/2008 or so.
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If you want to look at a way to connect them together you can use this Google Earth file.
http://geobiking.org/Documents/GeoBiking13Apr09.kmz

Coyote Ridge, Indian Summer and Devils Backbone/Blue Sky & Rabbit Mtn do involve some climbing.
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