Rocky Flats NWR North
ElevationAscent: 253' 77 m
Descent: -252' -77 m
High: 6,075' 1,852 m
Low: 5,894' 1,797 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“Flat, short, and easy doubletrack in a historic area.”— Scott Edlin
Pass through a fence (no gate) and continue to the signed east side of the Lindsay Ranch Loop. Buckle your helmet and prepare for a refreshing descent to the creek and the Lindsay Ranch. Check out the barn and water up for a grind back up onto the mesa between the ranch and the NREL National Wind Technology Center. There are nice views of the gigantic turbines, Eldorado Mountain, and the Continental Divide and the Indian Peaks beyond.
Continue on the doubletrack as it winds south and then climbs back up the main road. You could continue south at the junction if you haven't had your fill. Make a left and work back to the east junction with the Lindsay Ranch Loop. Backtrack towards the trailhead on the doubletrack. If you miss the junction at the west end of the Walnut Creek Loop, you'll take the north side of it back to a gate at the trailhead. Greet the friendly protesters and dump some water on your head.
Beginning in 1992, many of the same Cold War veterans who had built weapons components at the Plant assisted with an unprecedented and enormously complex Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("Superfund") cleanup project to investigate and remediate the site.
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Dec 31, 1969: "Dragonflying" is Taking Off
Dec 31, 1969: Youth in the Great Outdoors
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