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Maps + routes for the Colorado cyclist

Red Rocks Loop

Looping through Red Rocks Park may be one of the finest rides in the metro area. The access is easy, the approaches have relatively low traffic intensity, and the climbing through Bear Creek Lake Park, through the red sandstone, through Dinosaur Ridge, and up over the I-70 hump is nothing short of sublime. This ride is adapted from Great Road Rides Denver, and for a full description of its beauties, you should go out and buy a copy of the book. Barring that, grab this map and go. Most of the route is pretty straightforward. I recommend riding clockwise, the better to enjoy the short, steep climbs that characterize this route. And then you can fly home along 20th or 26th Ave, something that’s much harder if you are riding east along the Bear Creek Trail.

A few options are shown here, depending on your mood, inclination, direction of travel, and taste for street riding as opposed to trails. Try them all when you have some time. The only typically confusing place is getting from 20th Ave to 10th Ave (or vice versa) in Golden. Follow this link to one of GRRD’s supplemental maps, The Golden Triangle, to help you sort out the many options available to you for getting through Golden. If the weather’s at all cooperative, however, the way to go is near NREL, Camp George West, and the the State Patrol Training Facility, using the cyclo-cross option to reach Isabell St.

Link to PDF version.

May 3, 2011 Posted by | Denver Metro | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Golden Triangle

This is one of the many supplemental maps found in Great Road Rides Denver. All are designed to help you navigate safely and precisely through some of the thornier parts of the metro region, such as the Dartmouth Dodge. Shown here are the major links to get you in and around Golden, including links to the Clear Creek Trail, the C-470 Trail, and Beverly Heights Park in Golden (from which you access Lookout Mountain and the Genesee Mountain Loop). Most of this is self-explanatory but a two areas warrant some detail: the start of the Clear Creek Trail, and skirting South Table Mountain to reach Illinois St, the Golden Trail, or Rooney Rd and the C-470 Trail. For Clear Creek Trail, ride east 1/2 block from the intersection of 10th and Ford. Just after you pass over a nasty looking, concrete drainage ditch, the trail breaks off sharply to the left (north). Another equally sharp, diagonal turn (to the right and east after two blocks) will put you safely on the trail. If you are coming from Red Rocks and Rooney Rd, make a right on Colfax Ave at the traffic light, then look immediately to the left for a concrete trail that sits in the western shadow of the C-470 overpass. Grab the trail to the intersection with 6th Ave. Go north on Johnson Rd, right on 10th Ave and follow 10th Ave all the way to McIntyre St. After Ulysses, you’ll be riding (legally) against traffic in a designated bike lane.

Go left on McIntyre, right on S. Golden Rd and ride easterly past Camp George West

and the DOC facility until you see the lighthouse that marks Candlelight Storage and Isabell St. If you’re not comfortable on skinny tires and narrow dirt trails, keep going and work your way through the shopping center and across Denver West Blvd to Denver West Parkway. Otherwise, go left at Isabell to the end of the street, follow the dirt path

alongside the irrigation ditch to the entrance to NREL,

and pop up going east on Denver West Pkwy just outside NREL.

Link to PDF.

May 3, 2011 Posted by | Denver Metro | , , , , , | 2 Comments