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  • BIKE GUIDE

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    Winter Park and the Fraser Valley are known as Mountain Bike Capital USA, and its easy to see why:

    WITH TWO DOWNHILL BIKE RESORTS, AS WELL AS OVER 600 MILES OF TRAILS FOR ALL ABILITIES, THERE ARE VIRTUALLY ENDLESS WAYS TO PUT SOME MOUNTAINS IN YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKING IN WINTER PARK!

    Mountain Bike Capital USA boasts two lift-served downhill bike parks, Bike Granby Ranch and the Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort. Both parks offer lessons, clinics, equipment rentals, and other services to guests. In addition to our lift-serviced resorts, the Winter Park area also has downhill bike trails, singletrack trails, scenic cross-country trails, and paved cruiser trails. This summer is packed full of mountain bike events in Mountain Bike Capital USA, including the Epic Singletrack Races, Gears and Beers Enduro Race Series and the brand new Rock N Ride Bike Tour and Music Festival! The

    Winter Park area also offers several friendly bike shops that provide bike and equipment sales, rentals, repairs, tunes, and more. From dedicated dual-suspension bikes to leisurely cruisers to even kids bikes and tagalongs, our bike shops have everything youll need for a mountain bike adventure in Winter Park! The downhill bike parks, miles and miles of trails, and full-service shops arent the only reasons why folks call this place Mountain Bike Capital USA. At the heart of it all is a fun, friendly, bike-obsessed community that is Winter Park. Come enjoy our mountain hospitality, and find your new favorite trail!

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    WELCOME

    TRAIL RIDES

    BEGINNER

    INTERMEDIATE

    DIFFICULT

    OTHER RIDING

    MAPS

    TIPS

    ADDITIONAL INFO

    GETTING INVOLVED

    SPONSORS

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    This guide is meant to be an introduction to Mountain Bike Capital USA . Please visit MTBcapitalUSA.com for complete directions, additional routes

    and map updates. 800.903.PARK

    SPECIAL THANKS TO GUESTGUIDE PUBLICATIONS, LLC

    FOR PROVIDING SOME ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS TO MAKE

    THIS GUIDE POSSIBLE

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    FRASER RIVER TRAIL

    5.5 mi 1 hr BEGINNER

    A paved trail that goes from Fraser to Winter Park Resort. This is also a favorite walking and roller blading trail. Hint: it is uphill from Fraser to Winter Park Resort.

    This is the easiest ride in the area, with the least amount of physical exertion and skill. The trail from Fraser to Winter Park parallels the meadow, then goes through the Town of Winter Park. Cyclists have a choice of either riding on the sidewalk (either side, carefully and yielding to pedestrians) or riding on the highway (following the same rules of the road as a driver of a motor vehicle.) At the traffic light at Vasquez Road, the trail crosses from the west side of the road to the east. You are now back on the bike path. This is the best part! The trail winds along the river and through the Idlewild Campground(where toilets are available) under the highway to Trademark Drive in Old Town. Veer right to Winter Park Drive. Turn left at Winter Park Drive, right at Old Town Drive and follow to Winter Park Resort. Picnic tables and benches are located along the trail.

    Be sure to be aware of other users on the trail. Retrace your route to return to town.

    STARTING POINT: Winter Park Resort, Alco Center or Downtown Winter Park.DRIVING DIRECTIONS: To start at Winter Park Resort, head towards Berthoud Pass out of town to the Winter Park Resort. Park anywhere at the resort and ride back towards town on Winter Park Drive which eventually veers left. Then take your first right on Trademark Drive. You will see the Fraser River Trail on your left. From Fraser, park in Alco and access the bike path between the Alco Shopping Center and Highway 40. The Fraser River Trail runs directly through town on the sidewalks and starts on the east side of the road as you go to Winter Park Resort and the west side of the road as you head to Fraser.

    WITH LITTLE ELEVATION GAIN, THIS TRAIL IS PERFECT FOR BEGINNING MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDERS AND FAMILIES.

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    BEGINNER

    FRASER TO GRANBY

    Trail begins at the Fraser Sports Complex (aka: Fraser Ball Fields) with a slight downward grade toward Tabernash. In Tabernash the trail intersects with CR 526/South 5th St., turn left onto the west side of Highway 40, turn left on GCR 524/Third St, turn right on CR 523, curves into CR 522E, then cross over CR 5221. Turns

    are well marked by trail signs. A slight climb brings you 8 miles into the ride when you will cross under Highway 40 via culvert. At this juncture there is trailhead parking as well. The trail dips down for approximately one mile after which you will begin climbing to the trails highest

    elevation point (8,729 ft.) As you near Granby Ranch the trail changes from easy to moderate. The trails ends at Kaibab Park in Granby, CO.

    Travel from Town of Winter Park to Town of Fraser and park on the left at the Fraser Ball Fields. This trail is approximately 16.8 miles with a starting elevation of 8,557 feet

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    soccer/baseball fields,ice skating, playground

    YMCA of the Rockiesbike, swim, ice skate,

    cross-country ski, museum, picnic

    Playground

    Flying Heels Rodeo

    Middle Park Medical Center

    East Grand Fire Protection - Winter Park Station Headquarters

    Red Dirt Fire Station

    Tabernash Fire Station

    Grand Fire Station

    11.6 mi 1-2 hrs

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    DOUBLE POLE LOOP

    BEGINNER

    Located at Devils Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa

    From the parking lot bike along Radcliff a very easy gradual trail junction 8 take the Kestrel Trail which climbs gently and increases in difficulty to become a moderate ride. At trail junction 10 take a right for the Double Pole Trail (note Double Pole forks here, if you go left it becomes an advanced trail). Double Pole is a primarily flat but slightly rolling trail that will have you picking up speed on the downhill sections. The trail winds through groups of aspen trees are beautiful when changing colors! Double Pole then leads into Sawmill Meadow, a great place to step off and take a breather for outstanding views of Byers Peak and Winter Park Resort. Hop back onto your bike and continue on Double Pole until you see a yurt just off the side of the

    trail. There is no trail junction number posted here so use the Yurt as your turn signal and take Swindler Trail. From Swindler jump back on Radcliff and make your way back to the parking area, or opt for the Lakeside/Drew Trail and, you guessed it, bike along the lake side on your way back to the parking lot. TRAIL ACCESS: From the Winter Park Visitor Center head north on Hwy 40 towards the town of Tabernash, turn right onto County Road 83. When the road forks keep to the right and follow signs for Devils Thumb Ranch. When you arrive at the Ranch park in the lower lot and make your way into the Activity Center to purchase a $5 day pass (required for the trail system at Devils Thumb Ranch, unless you are lodging with them) before you set off on the trail.

    6 mi 1 hr

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    BEGINNER

    GIVELO/NORTHWEST

    The trail is flat and winds through Lodgepole Pines. Not too difficult and no climbs allow this to be one of the better easier rides in the area. Funds from the Colorado Lottery helped build portions of the Givelo Trail. Park at the John Work Arena Rodeo Grounds and head west on Givelo Trail. Givelo Trail is a easy single track that parallels CR 73. No climbing other than a few small dips in the trail. After a short distance you will cross CR 50S. Continue on Givelo. You will cross a few driveways. Be careful of cross traffic. Givelo Trail will end at Northwest Passage.

    Turn right on Northwest Passage. Northwest Passage is