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Ridgline Open Space

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Great XC trail not so technical. Trail is more if a rollar coaster trail because it goes up and down, the climbing is not hard at all and the decending is fun. Kinda new next to a new park called Bison park
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Latitude
39.37900285649777
Longitude
-104.90089416503906
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Castle Rock
State/Territory/Province
CO
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 6, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: CKN ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is a lot like trails in the DC/Northern VA/MD area. No titanic bloodbath climbs and no terrifying downhills. It's rolling and quick.

We rode this trail for the first time this past July 4th. My wife and our friends don't mt bike too much and they've had a tough time coming from the E. Coast to the big giant Rocky Mts and the far more difficult riding here. There was a former racer with us who's a pretty damn good mt biker. We all had a great time. Bottom line this trail is LOTS OF FUN! There's some moderately challenging climbing but it's all fairly short. It's not very technical so you can really haul a$$ and play around. It really brought me back to being a kid and zooming around on the bmx bike. If you can't enjoy this trail then you've got something wrong with you.

Recommended Route:
We rode clockwise but either direction looks like fun. There are a lot of smaller trails crisscrossing the 10 mi. perimeter of all this. You could easily wind around all over the place and never get lost.



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Review Date
June 22, 2011

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: Peter Roth ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A great afternoon trail. Very easy to get to from Castle Rock. Nothing technical. A few steep, yet short hills. The ride can be as short as 30 minutes and up to a 2-3 hours if you really explore. Great for beginner to intermediate riders. Beginners would only be challenged by the cardio aspect and intermediate riders would find it a nice trail that is close to Denver.

Recommended Route:
Hard to say because there a multitude of trails that all connect. The good news is that it's nearly impossible to get lost because all trails connect to each other and eventually circle back to one of the parking areas. Try them all. None are too hard and none too long. Everything is pretty well marked so you can always find your way around.



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Review Date
April 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JGATOR00 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Some great new work has been done (still going on thru June 1) to create some great flowing singletrack in this trail network! The trailhead map doesn't indicate where the newish trails are, but they create a full loop that comes back along the northern edge of the Ridgeline. If you live near Castle Rock and don't ride this trail you are neglecting a riding area that can challenge your fitness and technical skills.

Recommended Route:
Start at Eastern trailhead and ride up (staying left at first bench takes you to a short warmup loop) following the trail counter-clockwise (staying left at first paved intersection). At the farthest out plateau there are a couple of fun technical climbs/steps. Stay left again on the return ride and find the windy up and down trails that have recently been cut, giving you 10-11 miles for the loop back to the Coachline Trailhead.



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Review Date
January 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: hopsalot ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I avoided this trail for fear of bordom but came away angry with myself that I didn't try this trail sooner. It's fun charging up hills that are only hundreds of feet high knowing that the short but fun downhills will keep the heart rate up. This constant change of hammering up and flying down on smooth trails is very "east coast" and a nice break from the 2000 foot grinders that make up some of the front range. These trails are not tech but one can really put in some miles and as a bonus, night riding seems to be fine. This trail network is almost custom made for single speeders as well any rider looking to have fun.

Recommended Route:
Park at the new lot off of Coachline. Take Meadows Parkway to Coachline, take a left and the parking lot is on the right hand side.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hidden Mesa for a tough but short climg and the slick rock is great.



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Review Date
May 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TCR1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail system is still being expanded. There are 2 or three loops depending on how you count them.

Recommended Route:
Beginning at the trail access off of Avery Way (Just South of Opportunity Dr. in the Meadows), follow the concrete path to the dirt and take a right and head up hill. Follow this loop to the top. As a bonus, you can ride the out and back spur to a look out at the ridgeline for great views of the West Plum Creek Valley. Returning back to the loop, follow it back around until the trail diverges and stay right. Follow this loop out and stay to the right. This will take you to a needle head of a loop that is quite short, but fun. As yuou come back don the needle, there is the option to go right, which will take toyu to the new parking lot off of Coachline Rd. and some more trail across the road. However, I usually bypass this, and head back the ay I came. When you get back to where the second loop started, I like ot reverse my direction on the first loop (so I guess it really isn't a loop). There is nothing superbly technical to this trail, but it can help teach you how to take corners and brake. There are some blind corners, so watch your speed as this trail does get a good bit of use. Trail ettiquette is fairly poor in general.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The trails at Rhyolite Park (Crystal Valley Parkway southeast of downtown Castle Rock).



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