High country singletrack. Very much worth the distance which is not extreme.
From the parking lot ride North back towards the Hwy 40 but do not enter it. Instead turn left on a dirt road and look for the bike path which takes you all the way to the Frasier;
6.2 - in Frasier turn left at the Conoco gas station and cross the railroad. Follow the Road 73 to the intersection with Northwest Passage trail;
8.5 - at intersection with Northwest Passage find singletrack trail on right;
10.2 - the trail merges with doubletrack, Road 50. Take a left and cross 2 cattle guards;
14.0 - on the left will be the Tipperary Creek trailhead. The trail starts via a steep climb but soon mellows out;
14.1 - creek crossing, take a right turn;
16.3 - creek crossing, take a left turn;
17.3 - reach the top of the hill and take the downhill section;
19.7 - at the intersection with the Road 73, take a right turn and immediately turn left on to Road 159, cross the creek over a bridge and look for the 2nd singletrack - Flume Trail on left side of the road. NOTE: If you take the first one - Creek Side trail you can cut the ride short and head back to Frasier. By following Road 73 you would also head back to Fraiser.;
19.9 - The Flume Trail on the left is epic singletrack!;
22.1 - at the intersection with the Chainsaw trail, take a right turn;
23.4 - at the private property sign, turn right;
24.0 - pass through intersection with Zoom Trail (on the right), continue on the Chainsaw Trail;
24.1 - Fin Elk Creek Road #72 and take right, look for a singletrack trail on the left, this is Elk Meadow Trail;
25.5 - at the intersection with a dirt road turn left;
26.5 - intersection with the D2 Trail, take a left;
27.0 - intersection with WTB trail, keep the D2 trail;
28.2 - intersection with the Road 159 (doubletrack), make a left;
28.3 - continue on the D2 Trail passing the D4 trail;
29.0 - at Vasquez Road, take a right turn and follow the closest road left, look for the Blue Sky Trail sign;
29.5 - follow the Blue Sky Trail;
31.0 - find the Twin Bridges Trail intersection, continue straight;
31.1 - cross the Little Vasquez Creek Road and take the Ice Hill Trail;
31.2 - come to the Track Trail - a singletrack on your right;
33.1- Cherokee trail on your right, turn left;
33.6 - intersection with the Serenity trail, take right this will put you back at the beginning.
How to get there:
Take Hwy 40 from I-70 towards the Winter Park. Start from the Winter Park main ski area parking lot. Start counting miles from there.
A great place not far from Denver. Long ride so bring appropriate supplies.
|Posted by: Abe on 10/16/2008
Mostly doubletrack. The trail climbs are a little tough but nothing brutal.
The best trails in the area are social trails, not on the maps.
|Posted by: dave on 7/30/1999
It's really a lot easier to follow than it seems. Instead of picking up that dirt book, just go to the resort and pick up a free map of the valley. To make the ride more interesting and a little tougher, at the intersection of WTB and D2, take Wtb to D4. Later, at the intersection with Lower Cherokee, go right and hit the climb to the road. Left on the road and back down the long trail. They race each version every summer in WP. Great ride.
|Posted by: Tyler on 7/9/1999
There are a ton more trails in Winter Park. While the description provided is accuarte it seems pretty hard to follow. If I were heading up to Winter Park to do the ride I would definitely want to pick up the new guidebook for Winter Park called DIRT:The Very Best of Winter Park. I got mine in Boulder, but I hear you can get 'em all over Denver. Plus, you can meet the author - he worls at Carver's bakery and they have killer breakfasts. For more info I found them on-line at www.DirtGuide