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Pinewood Reservoir

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Get that trail-to-yourself feeling at Pinewood Reservoir!

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6,885' 2,099 m


6,585' 2,007 m


537' 164 m


539' 164 m



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Max Grade (14°)

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Larimer County parking permit required. These are $9 a day per vehicle. The same pass is good at all Larimer County parks (e.g. Horsetooth Mountain Park).


The trails around Pinewood Reservoir pass through the Ramsay-Shockey Open Space. There are only two trails, Besant Point Trail and Shoshone Trail, and together they don't amount to very much mileage. But that aside, they do have other redeeming qualities: pretty good flow, some shorter technical challenges, a beautiful serene setting, and minimal to no traffic.


Start this ride at the Ramsay-Shockey Trailhead on the northeast corner of the lake. You'll pedal across the dam and take a left at the restroom on the west end of the dam. As you begin to go downhill towards the lake, you'll see the Besant Point Trail split off to the right heading uphill. This is a stiff, uphill challenge right off the bat, so use that momentum from the little downhill and beast your way up it.

Follow this trail all the way around to the southeast corner of the lake where there is another trailhead. From here, turn around and head back the way you came. Somewhere around the mid-point of the ride back, you'll encounter the Shoshone Trail heading up the mountain to your left.

Follow the Shoshone Trail up the hill. This climb is also somewhat steep and challenging with a few rock steps added in for good measure, and later, a series of wooden steps. Once you're at the top, however, let the good times flow.

The trail flows really nicely, with the exception of one sudden 90-degree turn into a down-step. Keep your eyes out for that. Otherwise, this section of trail is a blast to just open up and let 'er fly down the mountain.

The trail will spit you out right back at the dam where you can zip across back to your car. Riding the trails this way is sort of a reverse lollipop, and it allows you to cover all of the singletrack available here at Pinewood Reservoir.

If you're still up for more, you could turn around and try Shoshone Trail in the opposite direction, then head back to your car via the Besant Point Trail and Besant Point Connector.


Land Manager: Larimer County, Colorado

Shared By:

Jared Crockett with improvements by Kline

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Mostly easy pedaling as you head north on the west side of the lake along the Besant Point Trail.
Sep 2, 2016 near Lyons, CO
The Shoshone Trail can be tight and rocky in spots.
Mar 22, 2017 near Lyons, CO
The sun begins to set on a beautiful ride!
Sep 2, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Top of Shoshone. Doubletrack.
Jul 2, 2019 near Lyons, CO
Smooth riding.
Jul 2, 2019 near Lyons, CO
Head over the rolling hills across from Pinewood Reservoir to reach the trails.
Mar 7, 2017 near Lyons, CO


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Jul 27, 2022
Gerry Kelly
Oct 27, 2021
Kevin Brown
5.9mi — 2h 38m
Apr 25, 2021
Caleb Thomas
With Tina
Jul 5, 2020
Tom McKim
Sep 27, 2019
Tim K
what an unknown gem. float, a little tech and great views!
Aug 24, 2019
Karim Kazantsev
8.9mi — 1h 58m
Jul 21, 2019
Andrew Kuiken
a very pleasant surprise up here. it's about 20 min from home. started at Blue Mt. trailhead and went north along the lake to the southern Shosho… 6mi
Jun 16, 2019
Dan Zarnes
Perfect! Be sure to start at the south parking for maximum ride warmup awesomeness 8.4mi — 1h 22m