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North Fork Lollipop

Intermediate

Trail

21.0 mile 33.8 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,685' 819 m
Descent: -2,687' -819 m
High: 7,560' 2,304 m
Low: 6,102' 1,860 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Beautiful bench cut singletrack with hearty climbs and fast flowy descents

Lyle Tucker

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

No biking on the west side of Reynolds Park.

Overview

This is a brand-new singletrack built 2014 by Jefferson County on JeffCo/Private/Pike Forest land. This ride consists of long sustained climbs and downhills. It can be ridden as an out-n-back or as a lollipop when combining the trail with the offerings in Reynolds Park. You are constantly rewarded with great views of the South Platte Valley and Pike National Forest, as well as the sounds of the river below.

Need to Know

Use bug spray and long sleeves/arm/leg warmers to keep the vegetation from smacking you in the arms and legs. The growth in some areas has taken over the trail!

Description

I found the best way to ride this trail is from the parking area at its lowest point - along the north fork of the South Platte River. By parking here you'll have driven past Reynolds Park which is the high point of the ride.

From the parking lot you'll start a mellow climb through scattered ponderosa pine and an abundance of pretty much every type of wildflower in the state (when I went early July). The trail is a rolling climb for the first 7 or so miles - a couple hundred ft. up, then 100ft down - you'll come to some doubletrack for about 1 mile then the trail branches back off and continues to climb. At approximately mile 8 you start a longer downhill into Reynolds Park. Continue to the intersection of Hummingbird Trail and take a left to start a fun and fast 1 mile descent to South Foxton Road.

Look for the rest of the Hummingbird Trail on the right. Climb this for about half a mile. You'll gain about 300ft. and at times you'll be pushing your bike as the trail hits over 33% grade. Once past the bench the trail flattens out and then you'll dive back onto the North Fork Trail. Now back on the North Fork Trail and heading back to your car, be sure to watch for hikers and other riders as you start bombing this perfectly cut - nearly rock free downhill.

Option: Once in Reynolds Park, doing Hummingbird Trail counter-clockwise will send you down the steep section but still requires to climb a steep trail to get back up.

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May 23, 2020
Chris Ferraro
RT from Campground parking at top 16.5mi — 2h 43m
May 3, 2020
James Drybanski
Apr 11, 2020
Eric Handke
Sep 29, 2019
Chris Hauska
Burly climb, fun flowy on the way back. A piece of the lollipop on Hummingbird is on the road. 20.2mi — 3h 17m
Jun 12, 2019
Jeff Butler
Excellent track - smooth riding, steep at times, tons of fun! 21mi — 2h 01m
May 27, 2019
Singletrack Mind
All clear.
May 5, 2019
Joel Toomey
Rode from N Fork TH to Reynolds TH. Lots of climbing this way but lots of down coming back. Only saw 3-4 other bikes and mayne 6 hikers on a gorg… 21mi — 2h 30m
May 4, 2019
Arne Hansen
8 miles of descending heavenly singletrack without seeing one other person on the trail on a Saturday.

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Photos

Getting away from the crowds..
May 9, 2019 near Pine, CO
A refreshing watering hole on your return route
Jul 27, 2015 near Pine, CO
Overlooking the W Platte River on the initial ascent.
Jul 27, 2015 near Pine, CO
At the top of the trail, looking south
Apr 15, 2018 near Roxboro…, CO
At the highest point looking north toward Pikes Peak.
Oct 30, 2016 near Roxboro…, CO
Pikes Peak in the background; the trail snakes down the valley.
Oct 30, 2016 near Pine, CO

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