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Centennial Cone

Average Rating:    (4.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

This is a new park in Jefferson County. 3 miles of flat double tracked jeep road and 9.8 miles of fast but non-technical singletrack. Moderate climbing. Open space has implemented an alternating use schedule to separate hikers and bikers on the weekends. Even-numbered weekend dates allow mountain biking; while odd-numbered weekend dates provide for hikers. Equestrian use is allowed on any day.
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Latitude
39.749830
Longitude
-105.383483
Trail Directions
West Access -- From West U.S. Hwy. 6 and State Hwy. 93 west of Golden, travel west on Hwy. 6 about 11 miles. Turn right at Hwy. 119, and travel about 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Douglas Mountain Road and travel about one mile to Centennial Cone Road. Turn right and travel to the roughed in parking area.
Trail Length
12-25 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Golden
State/Territory/Province
CO
Country
US
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Review Date
August 30, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jeffeb3 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I started at Mayhem Gulch, went CW on Juniper and CCW on Travois then turned around as soon as I met up with the evening sun trail (as one reviewer suggested).

The trail has really great views. It's a pretty hard climb (not because it's to technical, it's just a lot, 3600 ft total). There were several sections to get off your bike (big steps, and several switchbacks) but I didn't feel like it was even an annoyance.

What not to do: I didn't bring enough water, and it was 90 degrees today. I ran out at the Evening Sun trail, and I got massive leg cramps coming back down. Unfotunately, this isn't one of those trails where the whole way back is downhill, I had to work pretty hard to get out. Luckily, there was a bike patrol guy that gave me a bunch of water and some friendly bikers that gave me some more when we were almost out.

My strava GPS said it was 20.3 miles, 3600 vert. ft. and 2600 calories (They always overestimate the calories). So that's at least 2x my norm. I was out for 4:45 and total moving time was 3:45. Needless to say, it was a lot harder then I'm used to.

Until I ran out of water, this was easily the most fun I've had on a bike. After that, it was easily the worst. Be prepared, pay attention to how far you go, and bring enough to support yourself. You should also try to bring a more experienced friend, if you have one.

As for the difficulty level. I really think this trail is in between an intermediate and beginner. The dropoffs aren't really that dangerous, as long as you watch ahead and slow down when you can't see the trail ahead. The hardest (most technical) parts are obvious, and you can walk them. There aren't stretches where you are climbing on scree. The hardest part of this is really just the magnitude, which I magnified by doing the mahem gulch and also trying travois as an out and back all the way to the top.

If you are on the high end of beginners, and are getting bored, I think you would love doing this trail a little bit at a time, increasing the distance each time until you can do the whole loop. If you can't make it up mayhem gulch, turn around and train somewhere else.

Recommended Route:
For newer riders, try the mayhem gulch to the loop, do an out and back on travois, but keep it short (like to the first bottom and back). That's what I'll be doing here next time.

For riders in good shape, do mayhem gulch to Juniper, go left, then right on travois, all the way to the evening sun loop. It was a gorgeous ride. Then either ride down the elk road (Easier, I think) or down travois (awesome, but exerting).



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Review Date
May 18, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jamesm925 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
fantastic XC loop for those who like long climbs and descents that let you focus on speed instead of technical rock sections.

fast, flowy, fun.

the loop is long enough to be satisfying and has gorgeous views.

the narrow trail and steep slopes are a little intimidating, especially given the sand in some areas.

great place to put in some hard XC efforts and work on negotiating hairpins.

The view is EPIC, and I highly recommend this loop for those seeking something fun and flowy in the front range.

There's a nice combination of exposed singletrack and tacky forest singletrack.

half of the loop is closed until june 15th, but you can take douglas mtn road to robinson to camino perdido for some breath-taking views and solid climbing.

The evening sun trail is a nice loop at the top you can take to add some extra miles.

I went on a beautiful saturday afternoon. The trail wasn't insanely crowded. I had to pull over for riders about 8 times. Could've been worse.

I was worried this trail would be boring, but there's definitely a good mix of banked turns and swoopy sections to keep it from getting boring. It's a very satisfying ride for those who hate to hike-a-bike.

Recommended Route:
the double-track route is closed until june 15th for elk calving, so take douglar mtn rd to robinson to camino perdido to the north trailhead and head back down.

park at mayhem gulch and climb CW staying to the left.



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Review Date
July 3, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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3.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Trader Joe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
One of the best trails in Denver's front range. As a few reviews have mentioned, this is not a beginner's trail. The exposure on Travois can test your nerves as the trail is narrow and the drop-offs would surely cause serious injury or death. Nonetheless, it's great smooth singletrack on Travois. IMO, it's an intermediate or above ride. The climbs can be long but not steep. The downhill is not too steep either. The switchbacks are tight; I had to walk most of the switchbacks as the pitch and tightness were just too risky. The scenery is spectacular and I think that is what keeps bringing me back.

Recommended Route:
I prefer to ride Centennial Cone counter clockwise. I prefer to do more of the climbing at the beginning of my ride and the Travois trail through the narrows is mostly uphill meaning you're not riding downhill with 200 foot cliffs only an arm's length away. I also prefer to ride Travois out and back. The Elk Ridge trail is basically a double lane meadow road with little thrills besides speed. I can ride the Travois trail from the Centennial Cone pkt lot up to the north lot and back in just under 3 hours and I consider myself an intermediate. ~15 miles round trip. Also, when I park at Mayhem Gulch, add another 20 min to the ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lair o the Bear



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Review Date
September 12, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Chris Davis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is an epic mountain bike ride. Lots of smooth climbing out of Mayhem Gulch and tons of rolly polly single track along the top of the canyon (Travois trail). The views are awesome. The ride is not overly technical but a great cardio workout if you ride this counter clockwise. There are some blind turns so be on the lookout for others. I rode this just this past Saturday and there were not alot of people. Its a huge park/loop. This is not for beginners at all unless they are in excellent cardio shape and even then I'd suggest they start elsewhere and work your way up to this one.

Recommended Route:
For those like me who like to climb first and finish on the downhill I'd strongly recommend starting at Mayhem Gulch and climb up to Travois trail and make a right and ride this counter clockwise all the way to the upper lot. So much fun on the singletrack, bank turns, dipsy doodles, drops and speed. Its an epic cardio effort (for us at age 50). Lots of downhill sections mixed in. From the upper lot down the double track jeep road connects to the Juniper Trail back down Mayhen Gulch. Hardly anyone rides up Juniper so you can really rip. This route allows you none stop downhill from the 2nd gate on the jeep road (Elk Range Trail)all the way to the bottom of Mayhem. Spectacular!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
3 Sisters (Evergreen East to summit trail), Pine Valley Ranch (Buck Gulch), Chimney Gulch to the Enchanted Forest at Apex and back, Lair o the Bear to Pence Park and back, Deer Creek Canyon, Keystone Mountain.



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Review Date
July 6, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: frickinGUY ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
have to agree with previous poster that this is not a trail system for beginners. it's lengthy (12-13 mi) and there's no bail out to turn around if you're exhausted halfway through, the amount of elevation gain (roughly 3000 ft from mayhem), and the exposure is too much for some beginners. I know this because i was that guy last year. i ran out of water, i smoked 3 cigarettes and drank 2 beers before going up from mayhem gulch because someone told me this was a "beginner" trail. Granted, the climbing isn't that steep, just long. learned my lesson and gotten into better shape and gave up the smokes.

it's not very technical. mostly smooth singletrack with 2 short tech spots which are rock steps. this is a good place to work on making those tight switchbacks because there's tons of it. No need for any sort of armor. if you fall on the exposed areas, knee pads and elbow pads aren't going to stop you from tumbling down a few hundred feet. that's really the only danger here. also keep it slow on blind corners especially in the exposed areas.

if you're a noob, marshall mesa/flatirons vista or green mountain are better. less exposed, less climbing, and shorter with options to extend. MM is charging for parking now so just keep that in mind.

Recommended Route:
i've only been clockwise from mayhem gulch. though last time i went i swear the whole front range was there going CCW.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
for noobs: marshall mesa/flatirons vista, green mountain, picture rock @ heil (lyons). advanced: everywhere else... its all good.



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