North Denver Suburbs Bike Path: Winter Training Route
ElevationAscent: 1,314' 401 m
Descent: -1,315' -401 m
High: 5,597' 1,706 m
Low: 4,996' 1,523 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 10% (5°)
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“When you need a winter training ride and the mountain trails are thick with snow or you want to practice bikepacking.”— jeff parker
Signal Ditch Trail intersects Lee Lateral Trail and continues on to 128th Ave. At 128th Ave., follow the wide paved bike path right along the highway west for 0.6 miles instead of crossing and heading south on Farmers Highline Canal Trail, then turn right onto Grant Drive. Follow Grant as it curves west, then turn onto the bike path on the right of the Crossroads Church entrance. This heads north for a short distance and under I-25 to connect to Big Dry Creek Trail. Follow Big Dry Creek Trail through Westminster all the way to Standley Lake. Maybe stop for a visit at the Butterfly Pavilion to see the insects. Enjoy the many painted underpass abutments.
At Standley Lake, the trail turns to dirt and ends at the Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail. You can turn right here to access the Standley Lake Campground if you want to make this a two day ride and practice your bikepacking. Turn left here if you want to keep riding. I like to climb up the dam on the dirt road just after intersection for the views of the lake and mountains before continuing. Riding south on the Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail, keep right to stay along the lake. At the 86th Parkway underpass, you can drop right onto the Standley Lake South Shore singletrack and get a nice few miles of dirt under your wheels with great views of the mountains over the lake, a few short, steep eroded climbs, and then a loop back to the underpass. If it's been wet or snowy, this area can get pretty muddy, so just skip it.
Going south through the 86th Parkway underpass, climb the turn and hang a right along the road, then continue on the Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail until it terminates on Little Dry Creek Trail. Turn left onto Little Dry Creek Trail. Little Dry Creek Trail officially crosses 80th Ave. and follows access roads behind Target, but I prefer to head left and north on the bike lanes of Pomona curving around Lake Arbor through residential neighborhoods then crossing 80th Ave. at Harlan St. Turn left from Harlan just after 79th Ave to get back on Little Dry Creek Trail and follow it past the Westminster light rail station all the way till it ends at Clear Creek Trail. Turn left at Clear Creek Trail and follow it east till it ends at South Platte River Trail. You're almost back. Turn right across the bridge to follow the South Platte River Trail back to downtown Denver and Confluence Park.