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Denver riding advice needed(12 posts)

Denver riding advice neededwonderdog
Apr 8, 2003 6:01 AM
I'll be in denver this weekend looking to kill some time on friday morning. It's my first time visiting this great city. Is there any recommended MUST riding inside or very near to Denver (my friend will be at work until around 1:30pm, and I won't have a car)? Any details would be appreciated.

Also, if anybody is interested in being a tour guide, I'd love the companionship.

I think you're in luck weather-wiseColnagoFE
Apr 8, 2003 6:23 AM
weather is supposed to be in the 70s...personally I have to work this Friday so I can't ride then. Will you have a car? You can always ride the bike paths around town, but better riding can be found out of town.
i've been checking the forecast!wonderdog
Apr 8, 2003 7:09 AM
it looks like it's going to be a great weekend. unfortunately, i won't have a car in the morning on friday, so i'm pretty much stuck with whatever i can ride to. is the "better riding out of town" far out of town? i'm used to commuting to organized rides. in fact, i try not to drive my car to a ride if i can help it.

thanks for your help.
Should be nice this weekend. . .js5280
Apr 8, 2003 7:14 AM
Probably close to 70 degrees if the weatherperson is telling the truth. What part of Denver are you staying in and what type of riding are you looking for? Scenic, climbing, distance? I probably can get away then and be a tour guide. I'll drop you an email. . .
very cool. check your email (nm)wonderdog
Apr 8, 2003 7:25 AM
re: Denver riding advice neededdbrider
Apr 8, 2003 10:15 AM
Sorry Eric, I've kinda been eavesdropping on your thread hoping to pick up some useful info too. I'll be in Denver (Cherry Creek area) next tues through fri, and I'm hoping to find some route info or maybe meet up with someone or a group. I don't know the Denver area well at all, so I'm certain to get lost without some help.

Anybody have links to maps, or want to ride?
Get out of Denver, baby, go goLO McDuff
Apr 8, 2003 11:27 AM
The Cherry Creek area is pretty congested (assuming you will be near Cherry Creek Shopping Mall, and not Cherry Creek Reservoir). If you have a car, head down to the southwest part of the metro area, its about 20 minutes non-rush hour. The Chatfield Reservoir/Deer Creek Canyon area is a pretty nice ride. In additon, Red Rocks/Dinosaur Ridge is great.

If you ARE near the Cherry Creek Reservoir, there are roads within the park that give you a pretty good loop.

Enjoy your stay.
Get out of Denver, baby, go godbrider
Apr 8, 2003 12:01 PM
Yes, I'll be near the Cherry Creek Reservoir. Thanks, for the info.
I live near Cherry Creek Res ...sacheson
Apr 8, 2003 2:58 PM
... and I just got laid off today. I have NOTHING to do next week. Email me. I'll take you riding.

- Sam
You're jinxing yourself now. . .js5280
Apr 8, 2003 3:21 PM
You'll get and offer tomorrow to start Monday ;-)
Some easy access from CC reservoir...ColoradoBiker
Apr 8, 2003 1:07 PM
Jump on the road circling the reservoir (just ask someone- pretty easy to find) and then connect to the Cherry Creek path on either side of the dam. Weekends can be a slightly busy but this will allow you to connect to about anywhere in Denver without worrying about traffic. Ride toward downtown (about 10 miles) and then take either the path north to get out of town or the Platte river trail to go down toward Chatfield reservoir. At Chatfield, pick up the 470 bike path (almost always deserted and climb slightly to the north to connect to the Bear Creek Path. Take this east back to the Platte trail and re-trace your steps. Probably about 70 or 80 miles and virtually all on paths.
Bike path maps at

Want to get up in the mountains? Ride downtown to the RTD bus station in LoDo and jump on the Boulder bus. Put your bike down in the storage compartment and get off downtown. Ride north on 36 to Left Hand Canyon road. (there's a stone yard on your right) Turn left and climb about 16 miles up to Ward. Last couple of miles are steep. Watch out for....snow at any time of year and altitude if you're from sea level. At Ward, climb a couple hundred yards up higher and then turn right on the highway. Great shoulder, almost all downhill all the way to Lyons. Turn south on 36 (again great shoulder and a bit rolly) and retrace your steps.

David (lots more rides if you'd like)
Feel free to drop me an email, address is above (nm)js5280
Apr 8, 2003 2:05 PM