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.