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Elk Meadows

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

Fast, packed dirt trails without a lot of technical spots. Up towards the top it gets steeper and more technically challenging.
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Latitude
39.65354847835915
Longitude
-105.38206100463867
Trail Directions
From I-70 going west out of Denver take the Evergreen Pkwy exit and continue down the raod through Bergen Park. Go past Squaw Pass Rd. To the Left you will see the park. Proceed to the next stop light or go to the south end of the park. There are well marked parking lots at either spot.
Trail Length
A good 15 miles but you can loop it
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Bergen Park/Evergreen
   


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Review Date
August 14, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: arnolda14 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is my favorite single track on the Front Range. There's a lot of confusion because within the Elk Meadow Open Space, you have the trail that goes around the meadow, which is easy and rather ho-hum and then you have the real ride, which is the route up to Bergen Peak. Bergen peak is a lung burner with a mix of technical sections and splendid, extended smooth runs. Technically, this is nowhere near as difficult as Dakota Ridge or White Ranch or Golden Gate but imho, it's a lot more fun than all of them put together. I'd call this trail a blue/black but definately not a black. It's pretty crowded on weekends so ride friendly if you want to keep it open.

Recommended Route:
Up to the top of Bergen Peak from Stagecoach is the more challenging ride and the one this park is famous for. If you're not up to that and plan to do the easy meadow route, then you're better off going somewhere else since this park is already too crowded.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Some lovely easy trails in the area are Lair O' the Bear and Flying J. For more advanced riders, try Matthews Winters/Dakota Ridge, White Ranch or Golden Gate.



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Review Date
March 9, 2004

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: Buster Jiggs ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My wife and I are new to mountain biking, and absolutely loved this trail. The Elk Meadows loop is a great beginners course, with just a couple of places that are more difficult, which allow for great practice. We went on a Friday afternoon in October, and there were several hikers and bikers, but it wasn't too bad. The scenery was enjoyable as well, riding in and out of groves of trees. I highly recommend this trail to any beginners.



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Review Date
September 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Charles , from Evergreen

Summary:
This trail is generally cooler in the summer than most of the other front range climbs which is nice. I think either Bergen Peak or Too Long trails are probably among the toughest climbs in the Denver area due to the length and altitude. I prefer the Too Long trail because it is generally a little more technical, lots of tight switchbacks. Great view from the top. Can get crowded on the weekends in the summer so be courteous to the hikers.

Recommended Route:
If you want a more technical route go up Too Long else Bergen Peak.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
3 Sisters



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Review Date
September 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Justin , from Louisville

Summary:
This was one of the best trails I've ridden on in a long time. Very fast, not too technical, and very fast. The climb wasn't too bad and the downhill section was very smooth with the exception of a few slightly technical sections. Plus, I just got an 02' Stinky and this is the first trail I've ridden it on. Incredible bike, but that's another story.
One more thing, there were a lot of hikers, so watch out on the down hill sections.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise, but what do I know, I've ridden it once.



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Review Date
September 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Steve , from Brighton, Co

Summary:
I am rating the Elk Meadows/Bergen Peak trail that is accessed off of Stagecoach Road. (*Bergen Peak is only a spur off of the Elk Meadows trail but you have to ride it to get there) This is a serious intermediate trail. It is often confused with the Elk Meadows that connects to it, (*which is what the sign in the parking lot says), that is lower down the hill. Do not be fooled. If you are a beginner and looking for Elk Meadows, you want the Elk Meadows parking lot/trailhead off of the Everygreen Pkwy, lower down the hill. That's the easier of these 2 trails. I have seen several people this year on this trail, (the Bergen Peak side), that shouldn't have been there and were only there because they thought,(or were told), this was the beginner/intermediate trail. There is a very big difference in the 2 trails. This trail works your skills level and you fitness level. You will face 2000plus feet of vertical rise in elevation, over 2 dozen switch-backs, rock gardens, steps, waterbars, drops and steeps. This year the switchbacks have eroded to a point that a third of them are very difficult to climb up and over. There are several sections on the way up that the terrain forces you to take a break or walk. Either way, remember you are getting a good workout. The people on this review that say it is easy are either rating the wrong trail or are trianing for the Ironman Triathalon and don't have a regular job or family to limit their riding to a few time per week. My hat goes off to them but they are not providing helpful information by saying this trail is easy. Be prepared to work to get to the top. The downhill will make up for the work that you have invested on the uphill. This is absolutely one of my favorite trails. I try to get in a couple of fast 20-30 mile city rides per week prior to hitting this hill as you will need that kind of endurance to ride this hill. If you make the last 1.1 miles up Bergen Peak,(of which this trail gets its name), you will have ridden some of the best technical trail the front range has to offer. The view is spectacular! I don't ride that last 2.2 miles every time and still enjoy this trail. Be mindful of other trail users and watch your speed on the downhill. There are a few switchbacks on the downhill side that sneak up on you. Enjoy and be safe!!!

Recommended Route:
Go Clockwise from the Stagecoach parking lot trailhead. Allow 2-3 hours to complete this, normally.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hall, Heil, Apex, White Ranch, Mt Falcon



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