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Matthews/Winters Park

Average Rating:    (3.95 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

The trail alternates between smooth rolling terrain and short technical sections. The Main Red Rock trail goes south into Red Rock Park. It splits three times. The first time is near the parking lot (take either one, they tie back in 1/2 mile). The second split is for the Morrison Slide Trail. This too ties back in but not for 1.5 miles or so. If you go left here, you have a pleasant ride with one or two technical sections. If you go right, be prepared for a steep climb with several switchbacks; followed by a nice cruising section topped off by an extremely steep and technical descent back to the main trail. (NOTE: I recommend going left as you go out, and then take the other half of the loop as you return. This way you'll be carrying your bike up the steep technical section rather than down it. Once you are on top, the trail is pretty much rideable back to where it hits the main trail). The final split occurs after crossing the pavement. The left turn drops down to tie-in to the Dakota Ridge Trail (which is supposed to tie back in near where you left your car). The right climbs up to a picnic pavilion over looking the trail you've just ridden. If you wish to make it to the pavillion, you have to cross the pavement two or three more times and keep going up. Its a little over 8 miles to go out and back (covering all the spurs except the Dakota Ridge).
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Latitude
39.694522
Longitude
-105.204566
Trail Directions
Starting from the parking lot, head south on Village Ride for 0.6 miles, then left onto Red Rocks Trail for 0.8 miles. Head up Morrison Slide to the right. At this point you can head back to the parking lot by making a left back onto the Red Rocks trail.
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Morrison
State/Territory/Province
CO
Country
US
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Review Date
October 2, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: NinerFreak ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I only ride this trail because the Dakota Ridge trail is so short. This trail gets lots of foot traffic, so watch out and be kind. This trail is more designed for foot travel anyways, so we are kinda on their turf. This trail is fast and flowy with little climbing. More of a shallow rollercoaster. If you take the Morrison Slide, you get a good climb and some switchbacks. This is a good trail for people that are new to mountainbiking and want a transition trail before tackling a real mountain.

Recommended Route:
I ride the Dakota Ridge trail from the lower parking lot and head south. This trail connects with Red Rocks and I take that back to my vehicle. I think it is around 6 miles total.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dakota Ridge



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Review Date
May 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Slayer45 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode the Matthew-Winters trail network for the first time yesterday. The trail has NOT been closed. There are two trails leaving the parking lot....'Village Ride' and 'Village Walk.' One is for bikers, one is for hikers (you figure it out which is which). The Village Ride trail connects to the Red Rocks Trail.

Village Ride is easy. The Red Rocks trail is easy-moderate, and the Dakota Ridge trail is advanced. Trail conditions are favorable, dry and mostly hard packed.

Recommended Route:
The trail head is located at Route 70 and Highway 93. After a short climb on the Village Ride Trail you will reach the intersection with the Red Rocks Trail. The Red Rocks trail has several moderate technical sections and continues to climb. There is an option to add 0.4 miles to the route by taking the Morrison Slide trail. I stayed on Red Rocks. After 1.6 miles the Red Rocks trail intersects with the Morrison Slide Trail and begins a steep descent towards the amphitheater. Continuing on Red Rocks trail for another 1.2 miles after the intersection with Morrison Slide I ended up on the Red Rocks Amphitheater access road. Follow the access road for approximately 0.75 miles to an intersection with the Dakota Ridge Trail (t-intersection that is easy to find). Now the fun begins. The Dakota Ridge is a steep, rocky, technical suck fest (remember, it's my first ride of the season). The Dakota Ridge Trail continues for approximately 2 miles and ends with an excellent rolling pine section to leave you with a smile on your face after biking (hiking) through the rock gardens. Enjoy!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Red Rock Trail
Dakota Ridge Trail
Bear Lake Trail
Mt Falcon
Deer Creek Trail



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Review Date
March 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: sipperd ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was my favorite get a quick ride in trailhead. Noticed I said was as it is closed to Mtn bikes now. Today, 3/15/09, I went for a ride and "No Bikes past this point" signs are now posted.

What a bummer.

Recommended Route:
Somewhere legal.



Comments
michaelpward (03/16/2009)
You may want to head back to Matthews Winters and look around a wee bit more, like 30 feet away from where you must have been standing. There are 2 routes leading from the parking lot (since the latter half of 2008). One is marked "No Bikes Past This Point". The other is marked "Bikes Only" or something similar. This was done to avoid biker/hiker conflict where the families do most of their hiking. The "Bikes Only" trail hooks into the main trail after a short distance.
yodal (05/27/2010)
You can still ride here. The sign your talking about is just from the parking lot to the restroom. There is a trail at the east side of the parking lot that takes you in.
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Review Date
April 5, 2007

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: minorsway ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great area for early morning training to escape the crowds. Include the Matthews Winters spurs. Classic Denver riding.

http://www.redrocksonline.com/pages/questions/RR_Map.pdf

Recommended Route:
Start at enterance #2 and finish with the downhill off of Dakota Ridge.



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Review Date
August 14, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: arnolda14 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is like *the* definitive front range foothills ride with amazing views of Denver and striking red rock scenery. It's a fantastic place to hone your skills and I'd highly recommend it to intermediate riders or beginners who want to take it to the next level.
It's a really popular park for bikers so a lot of hikers avoid this place like the plague. IMO the bikers pretty much own this place and etiquette is scarce, which is a little sad to watch. It's a fantasticly gorgeous place and I'd hate to see us bikers ruin it for everyone else. Remember that riding friendly is the best way to protect our access to places like this.

Recommended Route:
For a technical route, go clockwise from Dakota ridge, cross the road and then come up north through Matthews Winters. For an intermediate route just do an in & out from the north end of Matthews Winters. Beginners can ride this trail, but should be ready for a challenge.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Elk Meadow, Golden Gate, White Ranch.



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