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Elk Meadow Park

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

As always Jefferson County offers great trail descriptions at the link below: http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/ext/dpt/comm_res/openspac/elk.htm The park has a lower section with a network of beginner to intermediate trails with minimal elevation change and few technical challenges. The real goods are on two trails that climb Bergen Mountain: Long Trail and Bergen Peak that offer aerobic and technical fun. Ride up either and come down the other. Cool down or warm up by creating a loop with Meadow View trail and Sleepy S. A short but fun connector trail is Elk Ridge. Maps are available at the trailhead.
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Latitude
39.654321
Longitude
-105.366564
Trail Directions
From Jeffco home page:From I-70, exit onto Highway 74 (Exit 252) going south past Bergen Park. Continue 2.25 miles to Lewis Ridge Road turning right into the parking lot. A second access is available at Highway 74 and Stagecoach Boulevard, turn west on Stagecoach and proceed 1.25 miles to the south parking lot.Either lot is a good starting point.
Trail Length
10 Miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Evergreen
State/Territory/Province
CO
Zip/Postal Code
80439
Country
USA
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Review Date
December 31, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dylan W. ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is awesome for almost anything you can dream up. there are some pretty hard climbs, and some parts are technical aand really rocky, but most parts are fast and fun. the downhills have water bars that you can jump and get pretty good air on them.

Recommended Route:
Go all the way to the top, Bergen Peak. Then down Too Long trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Evergreen Mountain, it is across the street from 3 sisters upper parking lot.



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Review Date
September 12, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: KSC ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a well known Front Range trail so I was surprised to not see it in the trail reviews, but I'll happily be the first. I've been seeking out some popular rides in the area lately that I've ignored. I won't ignore this one again.

The lower section is pretty tame but appropriate for beginner riders. There are some fun sections for all on the lower trails, but this is where the crowds are so be careful of other trail users. What makes the trip is the climb up Bergen Mountain.

I took Too Long Trail most of the way up, which connects with Bergen Peak Trail, and continues to the top. Bergen Peak Trail would be a fine way to the top as well. The climb is a typical Front Range concoction consisting of well worn singletrack with lots of switchbacks and some more technical rock and waterbar sections. It's all rideable, but I took my fair share of dabs on the climb. Although a long climb (rougly 3 1/2 miles), it never gets too steep so you can pound it out with a nice steady pace.

The top of the climb offers great views of the Evergreen Valley area, Denver, Mt. Evans, Longs, and the Continental Divide. Definitely picture worthy if you brought the camera. The only thing more fun than the climb up is the ride down. Enjoy.

I'd probably give it 3 1/2 stars if I could, but I'm feeling generous so I'm rounding up. My only complaint is the small portions. Besides the climb up Bergen, there's not much more to do. But when you only have a half day and it's hot in Denver, this is a great ride.

Recommended Route:
I rode from the southern parking lot to Meadow View. Meadow View to Long Trail. Long Trail to Bergen Peak Trail to the top and back down Bergen Peak Trail to Meadow. For the cooldown: Meadow Trail to Elk Ridge to Sleepy S, back to Meadow via Painter's View. and back to the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Three Sisters



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