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Marshall Mesa

Average Rating:    (2.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Mostly flat with one short climb - a nice easy ride
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Latitude
39.95422755797632
Longitude
-105.21915435791016
Trail Directions
South from Boulder on 93 - left at Marshall
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Boulder
   


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Review Date
April 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Soundtallica ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'm reviewing the entire Marshall Mesa/Cowdrey Draw/Mayhoffer-Singletree/Doudy Draw/Greenbelt Plateau/Greenbelt Plateau/Flatirons Vista/Springbrook/High Plains trail system here, as they're all in the same area.

Marshall Mesa: Short and relatively easy. After an initial rock garden that's not too hard to pick through, you can go left or right to climb up the mesa to Community Ditch. Left is a gradual, non-technical singletrack climb that doesn't get too steep. Right is a shorter, but steeper and more technical/rocky climb. I prefer this way. 3/5

Cowdrey Draw: swooping, rolling rocky singletrack that's not too technical. 2/5

Mayhoffer-Singletree: A super easy trail almost devoid of rocks. You'd be better off on a cyclocross bike here. Has a mild climb and descent, and some nice swoopy turns. 2/5.

Doudy Draw: From the trailhead on Eldorado Canyon Dr., it's a consistent climb as you head south. Has many well-placed rocky section to keep things interesting, and the best views in the area. Towards the end, the climb gets steep and technical as you ascend the mesa to meet up with Flatirons Vista. Going downhill on Doudy Draw is extremely fun and has great flow, and it's the best descent in the area. 4/5

Greenbelt Plateau: A wide, fire-road like trail connecting Marshall Mesa with Flatirons Vista. A decently steep climb, but ultimately boring, though the views are good. 2/5.

Flatirons Vista: a rocky but mostly easy loop that snakes through the trees with good views of the Flatirons. Decent. 3/5

Springbrook: A very fun loop at the base of the foothills. Great views. Twists and turns, with well placed rock sections. Similar stuff to Dowdy Draw. 4/5

High Plains: Rolling singletrack going away from the mountains. Very rocky, and another rolling trail. 3/5

Overall, this trail system is the one I ride the most as it's so close to Boulder. The trails themselves aren't at the level of say, Hall or Walker Ranch, but they provide a good workout close to the city and have some pretty awesome views.

Recommended Route:
Any mix of these trails. See the trail map.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Walker and Hall.



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Review Date
March 8, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: drosborne11 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This area is indeed opening up to mountain bikers. New trails opened by the City of Boulder access Doudy Draw, Springbrook trail, Rattlesnake Gulch and trails without names...you find the route with loops galore to be explored. Enjoy Boulder!

Recommended Route:
Park at Marshall Mesa trailhead. Ride up Marshall Mesa to Community Ditch. Enjoy first vista of Flatirons (on sunny days wear sunglasses). Take left at bridge and cross over up techno section to Greenbelt Plateau. Ride singletrack along road to HWY 93 and 128th. Cross HWY 93 at trail crossing and ride up North Flatiron Vista. Enjoy second vista of Flatirons (hence trail's name). Enter gate to Doudy Draw and drop in with breathtaking views into the valley below. Take left at sign to Spring Brook Loop and second left onto Spring Brook Loop South. From here the exploring begins. Trials connect to Fowler Trail (off limits to bikes--BOO!) and down to HWY 67 for an extension into Eldorado Canyon and Rattlesnake Gulch (accessable to bikes --YEA!). Take Sping Brook Loop North to complete the ride back to Doudy Draw and Community Ditch. Enjoy the cruiser downhill back to Marshall Mesa Trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Betasso, North Boulder Trails, Heil-Picture Rock-Hall, Walker Ranch (please lobby for connector trail to be opened to MTBs between Eldo and Walker), Ceran St. Vrain and NED!!!



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Review Date
August 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: endo-boy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this for the first time today, I think there are a few things going on here.
1. There has recently (within the last two years) an expansion that has not been properly addressed
2. Boulder has typically very poor mountain bike access within riding distance from town. Bettasso is limited and short at best, Walker Ranch will get you killed riding up flagstaff with all the tourists, Heil is a hike, ect.
I found the trails to fairly easy, but enjoyable. The scenary was great, I even got to chase a few cows off the singletrack. When was the last time you go to do that? So, with respect to earlier reviews, its a changed trail. Its more than the lame community ditch.

Recommended Route:
Parking lot, head right (North) and loop around. Play on the rocks.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White ranch, Walker, Hall



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Review Date
October 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: pepelemieux ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just wanted to add the reviews here don't do this place justice. Sure, CO has many other great places to ride but this area is one of the best training areas if you live/work close and need to put in a quick 20. Cyclo-cross training here would be ideal. Marshall Mesa doesn't give you a break from pedaling much which means you have to exhert more power and burn more calories. Plus, there is some nice singletrack here too. Just change your mindset from the "climb for 40 minutes and bomb back down" front range riding to a continuous leg strain. I think I get my best workouts at Marshall Mesa.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Coalton trail off McCaslin ride up the wide gravel trail/fireroad. Go through the gate and enjoy the singletrack for a few miles...Ride all over MM. I like the out and back on Cowdrey draw which it seems most avoid for some reason. Ride back to your car for a quick 18 to 20 miles. Ride it at night too!! Park curfew is 6am to 10pm unlike most trails with a dusk til dawn curfew.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
endless possibilities but I think I like Centennial Cone and Hall Ranch best...Heil Ranch has started to grow on me with the new Wild Turkey trail and Hall and Heil will become epic if they ever connect the two. Walker Ranch had the hardest uphill section to me when ridden counter-clockwise. Mt. Falcon, Chimney Gulch/Apex, Rattlesnake Gulch are all pretty easy if you're fit. Aldefer's Three Sisters is good starting at the Deddise trail by the golf course. I've been here six month's and love CO!!!



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Review Date
March 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: cyclorado ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is not a destination for any serious mtb action. Only useful as a non-road option to get to Community Ditch.

Recommended Route:
For those in Louisville, Lafayette or Superior area, take Marshall Road to the trail. climb this quick easy section. Cross 93 to the Community Ditch. Ride into Eldorado Canyon and climb the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. Makes for a nice Sunday ride if you don't feel like driving somewhere else.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Walker Ranch, Hall Ranch or anything in Golden



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