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Flying J Ranch

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Beautiful new trail to the Denver foothills area. It is a beginner course, but for beginners *wanting* to improve their skills. It's also great for intermediate riders who need practice in heavy and tight tree singletrack -- ever wonder how wide your handlebars are? ;-) It's also great for forcing you to keep an eye on the trail as it's rather twisty. The experts I rode with yesterday really enjoyed it as well. It's 0.6 miles to the loop which is about 3 miles. We rode it three times before heading north on 73 to Evergreen for some food and beer :) Note: trail's new and JeffCo Open Space has no maps for it yet... hit it before it becomes crowded.
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Latitude
39.542837847189524
Longitude
-105.32781600952148
Trail Directions
From Denver: take 285 south to Conifer, head north on Hwy 73 -- I think there's a Safeway at that intersection. Look for Shadow Mountain Dr on the left a couple miles up... as well as the sign for the park.
Trail Length
4 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Conifer
   


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Review Date
September 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Guyechka ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was a nice little excursion. There are two sections of the trail where it dips into a stream crossing. These are somewhat technical, but they last only twenty feet. The rest of the trail is very easy and very wide. I have no idea what some people mean by riding through narrow trees--the trail is always at least four feet wide.

Recommended Route:
Around and around and around. Doesn't matter which direction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Buff Creek



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Review Date
June 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cigar2329 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Its a short loop that is more like 3.5 miles. Easy terrain that is mostly in the trees. Gentle climbs with no gadgets in the terrain except for a few dribble creek crossings. Not technical, but the shade is nice.

Recommended Route:
Either way. You'll probably end up going both ways

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Three Sisters



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Review Date
August 13, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: arnolda14 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Excellent beginner's trail with very few obstacles, nice tight single track, smooth tread and lovely forest. There's something about the climb in this park that makes you feel like you get more downhill than you've "earned". Unlike a lot of routes that feel like an hour to get up and five minutes to get down, this one has generous downhill sections that are a great way to boost a beginner's confidence level in their saddle. For a more advanced rider, this is just sweet candy track from beginning to end - nothing challenging at all, save one turn. One segment takes you through a lodgepole forest that's a little disorienting - feels a little like a funhouse tunnel.

Recommended Route:
We took the main loop clockwise, but really you probably can not go wrong here - it's all easy and it's all gorgeous.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Evergreen area has more great single track than I could possibly list here. Elk Meadow is easily my favorite ride on the front range.



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Review Date
July 9, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: singletracker77 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail to bring the first time singletracker or family out to - It is fairly short, non-technical and very fun. There are some tight trees but it is not too intimidating. Jefferson County is adding picnic tables and a new trail head, so parking should be a little better.

Recommended Route:
I have ridden it in both directions - each way is equally fun - For beginners, I would go counter-clockwise, as it seems to have more downhill and the downhill at the end is fun. Make sure to bring some cash for a milkshake at Coney Island after the ride

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Meyers Ranch



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Review Date
June 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Brian 2 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a nice well maintained little loop that is fun for all ages and skill levels. Well maintained by Jeffco. I've only ridden counter clockwise but a good low grade climb with a nice fun/fast down hill to complete the loop. Not very long, but a great after work ride. Higher skill level?, just add a few laps.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise



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