Going from quebec west, this bad boy bombs right away. Have your shocks lubed up and hold on. Look out for people on the paved trail apx 1/3 mile below. minor jumps but good bumps for decent. the uphill is harsh, but managable, not that bad. East off of quebec is a little more mellow, but longer. I like to loop the 2 together for a nice up and down combo.
1 mile south of 470 and quebec or just hop on one of the many bike paths in highlands ranch, ride towards quebec st. This trail is a service road that connects on both sides of quebec, about 1/2 south of glen eagles village drive. You can access it off of quebec, either side. You can park in kohls parking lot or near it and start on the east trail, uphill.
Summary: The trail going west off of Quebec is not really worth the time, it's extremely short, not very steep, and is basically a dirt road. If you're looking for a good winter training ride, with a short bit of singletrack, head east off of Quebec as described in the trail description. After about 1/2 mile you'll hook up with a packed gravel trail running north-south. Take this trail about 1 mile south (under the telephone lines). The trail will cross Lincoln - continue south until the trail begins to turn east. The trail will begin to head up the south side of the bluff above Lone Tree. At the first fork, take a right and continue to the top of the bluff (about another mile). At the top of the bluff, you'll come to a 4 way trail intersection. Head left (west). Approximately 100 feet from the intersection on the right (north) side, you'll see a small single-track trail that dives down the north side of the bluff. This runs for 1/4 to 1/2 mile back to the gravel trail. Head left on the gravel trail to return back the way you came. Also be sure to check out the great view from the top of the bluff, you can see from Pikes Peak to Long's Peak, and have a great view of the Denver metro. Deer and elk are common. Like I said, not much singletrack, but it makes for a nice training loop in the winter.
Recommended Route: Go East off of Quebec, hook up with the local packed gravel trail, and head to the top of the bluff above Lone Tree golf course for a better 1/2 mile drop.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Deer Creek (off hours to avoid the crowds), Waterton, Lair of the Bear
Review Date October 28, 2002
Overall Rating 1 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Visitors rate this review 5.00 of 5,
Reviewed by: zach
, from highlands ranch
Summary: The community association in Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch has paved this once great city ride. DO not bother checking it out, all the goods that made it great are now gone, bummer
Recommended Route: This trail has now been paved.
Other recommended trails in the same area: waterton etc
Review Date August 15, 2002
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Zach
, from Highlands Ranch, CO
Summary: I enjoy the east route as it is longer, has more change, up's and downs each way, going south to start means more hills to start but more downhills on the way back, which is not bad. Some of the problems with the east trail; it crosses major streets for the first 3 miles and you have downed barbed wire,some broken glass (hum teenagers drinking,me thinks) Overall, if you are in the are and want a ride, hit it up. The west, is short and intersects with bike/ walking paths, so you have to forego most of your speed when you get to the bottom. If you live in the area, do it. If you a looking for some downhill work, do it. If you want a good overall ride,do it. Speed freaks, keep on going. These trails are not worth a drive over 25 min.
Recommended Route: It depenends. As the poster stated, there is a short bombing run to the west. It is very short, I would say apx 1/4 mile. On the East side, the trail is much longer, it runs along the high voltage power lines, (the trail is power service roads.) But going up (south) is a tad ruff, for those who are not in great shape, but you can get a hell of ride comming back down (north). If you want a fast run, go west, if you want an overall good (not great) ride, go east.
Other recommended trails in the same area: if you are going to drive, might as well go to waterton canyon or green mountain.