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This ride starts in Nederland and takes the best routes to hit Sherwood Gulch and the Mud Lake trails.

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8,830' 2,691 m


8,262' 2,518 m


789' 240 m


793' 242 m



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This short loop from Nederland accesses Sherwood Gulch, one of the best short stretches of singletrack in Boulder County. You can add on additional parts of the Mud Lake Open Space trails to make this a longer ride. But the real benefit of knowing this connector is to get creative and stretch out to ride other trails north and west of Nederland.


This route is not marked, so you may need to bring a map or keep your eyes on the MTB Project mobile app. From Caribou Road, the turn-off for County Road 128N in particular is not obvious and almost looks like someone's driveway. Make sure you don't go up somebody's driveway as not all mountain residents are friendly!

Once you get to the top of 128N, where it intersects with Caribou Road again, you turn right on County Road 126. Less than 0.5 miles down this road, look for a singletrack that drops down to your right, this is the start of Sherwood Gulch. At the end of Sherwood Gulch, turn left on a dirt road. Less than 0.5 miles down this road, you'll encounter the Caribou Ranch Link Trail, which is not well marked, but it is at an intersection with another old road. Look to the right for a sharp turning singletrack off of the road.

Once you start riding on this trail, it takes you to the Tungsten Loop at Mud Lake Open Space, turn right. At the next intersection, bear right to get to the Kinnickinnick Loop. At the following intersection, bear left to take the Kinnickinnick Loop clockwise. After a brief climb, there is a neighborhood access trail that you turn left onto. This will take you to County Road 128W. Cross directly across the road to begin the Ned Parks and Rec Trail to Mud Lake.

When this path ends at the elementary school, cross the road and get on the sidewalk across the road, where the path will continue. When the path finally dead-ends at Sundance Circle, turn left on the road. At the next intersection with 6th Ave, turn left again. Where this road hits the Peak to Peak highway, cross the highway and go around the Nederland Community Center as if you were heading to the back of the building. Down this driveway, you can access the last short path that takes you down several switchbacks to the Nederland Town Center.


Shared By:

Wendy Sweet with improvements by Kelly Grebe

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Fall colors on the Sherwood Gulch singletrack.
Oct 10, 2017 near Nederland, CO
The very end of the Sherwood Gulch singletrack.
Oct 10, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Switchback on path between elementary school and Sundance Circle
Oct 10, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Climbing from Mud Lake
Jul 8, 2020 near Nederland, CO
Path dead end into Sundance Circle
Oct 10, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Steam shovel at the Nederland Mining Museum. Corner of Jefferson and Peak to Peak Highway.
Jul 8, 2020 near Nederland, CO


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Aug 5, 2021
Lisa Bikes
Aug 29, 2020
Caffeine944 Wilson
Jul 19, 2020
Patrick N
5.8mi — 1h 30m
Jun 23, 2020
Trisha Mcginnis
Oct 5, 2019
Jim Guth
Road from Home to the Colton trailhead then north on the trail to Superior and back. 9mi — 1h 09m
Sep 29, 2019
Rex Dickson
Jul 3, 2019
Tanya Grossman
Oct 21, 2018
Anna Tiberi
Hard to find the trail but awesome trail once you get on it. 0.8mi

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