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North Fork Lollipop

 28 votes

Length

21.1 Miles 33.9 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

Elevation

2,818' 859 m

Ascent

-2,821' -860 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

7,565' 2,306 m

High

6,101' 1,860 m

Low

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Beautiful bench cut singletrack with hearty climbs and fast flowy descents

Lyle Tucker

Overview

No biking on the west side of Reynolds Park.
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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Sep 10, 2017
Ben Mottinger
21mi
Sep 5, 2017
hm doh
loads of wildflowers today. very tight, flowy singletrack, went slower than usual to navigate the corners. 19.1mi — 3h 27m
Aug 26, 2017
David Carroll
Aug 12, 2017
Ryan Bla
Jul 30, 2017
Ryan Bla
Jul 16, 2017
Ben Hagener
Fun ride with easy climbs. Flowy and fun coming back down. Lots of loose rock in sections.
Jul 4, 2017
Max Koets
17mi

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  4.0 from 28 votes

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  4.0 from 28 votes
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Not sure what all the hype is about this trail. No jumps, rock gardens, or anything technical. Just a bunch of loose gravel on really tight blind corners that have the potential of sending you supermaning down the cliffside. Really sketch above 20 mph. Otherwise, great trail to bring your girl friend on. Sep 25, 2016
Jake Bush
Denver, CO
Jake Bush   Denver, CO
Nothing technical about this ride but the climb is long. Not Everyone in our group finished the climb. The ride back is very fun but lots of blind turns so be mindful for those coming up. There is not a ton of room so step off of the trail on a lot of the parts. Apr 17, 2017
Not technical by any stretch, but a good trail to work on cornering skills and handling loose surfaces. The faster you go, the harder this trail is, both on the up and downhill. Jun 26, 2017

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