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Tipperary Creek

Average Rating:    (4.06 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

Gradual, consistent climb for a little over 3 miles on some very sweet, quiet, scenic single and doubletrack. As you approach the top you can either turn right and head back down to the trailhead area on Backscratch (very fast, kind of loose, steep and fun) -or- continue a little further up Tip Creek for one of the best downhill runs in the valley. You wind around a number of ridges with sections of loose rock, smooth dirt and lots of opportunities to catch some air. When you hit the bottom, follow the King Creek trailmarker approximately 1/4 mile to the Flume Trail. Turn left on Flume and enjoy the singeltrack through the trees (think Star Wars). Very sweet. At the junction approx 2 miles up Flume stay straight and head down the Chainsaw trial to Elk Creek road. Left on Elk Creek road approx 2.5 miles back to Fraser. Awesome. This ride is one of the best you will ever have.
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Latitude
39.94212035820185
Longitude
-105.81241607666016
Trail Directions
From the Safeway parking lot in Fraser, head west toward Byers Peak. Go under railroad bridge and turn right. Turn left at
Trail Length
24
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Fraser/Winter Park
   


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Review Date
July 14, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pbasinger ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have no idea how this trail has the notoriety it does. It's reasonably pretty, but it's over in no time. It's not particularly challenging or fun.

I've been exploring the area around WP and Fraser for about a week and I have to say it's pretty disappointing. I think it's an alright area if you have kids or enjoy really mellow, short rides, but the whole Mtb Capital USA and 600 miles of trails is baloney.
I've ridden extensively in Gunnison, Grand Junction, Fruita and Durango and would recommend any of those areas over Fraser, WP, and Solvista.

Recommended Route:
See other reviews, but you will want to link it up with a few other trails for any sort of ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not so far



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Review Date
July 8, 2006

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: pinerider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have heard about the network of cross-country trails at WP and decided to sample a bit. Yesterday we rode a 23 mile loop that started from Frasier and headed up Tipperary. Our route is below and was a blast. This is definitely worth checking out, especially if you like lots of mileage (endless connectable trails), and great non-technical trail surface. Tipperary Creek Trail is a great gradual climb which will give you a good, sustained, elevated heart rate, a few creek crossings and beautiful wildflowers. Of the 23 miles we rode, the 3 or so miles up Tipperary Creek was the only challenge (aerobically). After the 23 miles, I could swear we did about 5 miles of up and 18 fun, windy, smooth downhill. Great scenery and great work-out. Don't bother with these trails if you're primarily an adrenaline rider and looking for technical challenges - or if you want 20 + miles of strictly singletrack - there are a few fire road connectors.

Recommended Route:
Not necessarily my recommended route, because there are so many different routes to choose from. Our route was from Frasier to Northwest Passage to Tipperary, Flume, Chainsaw, FDR 158 to D2, then Elk Meadow and back to Frasier. We wanted to hit Sunken Bridges to Zoom, but passed the trailhead to Sunken Bridges. This looks like it would add another 3-4 miles before you dropped back down into Frasier.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
These are the only trails I have ridden so far. I'll be back



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Review Date
September 23, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: SOL94 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Tipperary was certainly not even close for the best trail in the WP/Fraser area and not even one of the best I've been on. I rode it both ways. Too many service roads in the Fraser area.

Recommended Route:
Either way

Other recommended trails in the same area:
WTB; Arapahoe; Cherokee; Flume; Zoom



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Review Date
July 18, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: hizzo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
i am based in the vail valley, and the riding here is great. however, i must admit that almost every trail follows the same pattern, a long service road up to a steep, mostly downhill singletrack descent. and while this is fun, the more open, rolling terrain of tip creek and the surrounding trails was a great change of pace. the wp trails were really fast and smooth but not too technical. they weren't epic, but definitely extremely fun.

Recommended Route:
i went up tip creek, down spruce creek, down flume to chainsaw, and then up a road to sunken bridges, up that trail and then over to zoom and down. that was a fun route and left me pretty gassed, but i could see how riding it in reverse could also be fun.



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Review Date
August 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Cass ,  Cross Country Rider , from Golden

Summary:
I always here about how great the riding is in Winter Park, and how great Tipperary Creek Trail is so I finally decided to go check it out, and man was I disappointed. I am not sure what everyone is talking about. One post below said this was the best trail in WP. If that's the case than WP should change their slogan to "Mountain Bike Capital of Winter Park." The first half of the ride is all smooth county dirt roads and a small amount of wide flat smooth trail. Then Tipperary is just a reclaimed jeep trail that is fairly boring to ride. When I hit the highest point in the ride I was feeling jipped. The downhill somewhat made up for the lackluster beginning though. Flume trail was fun with all of the tight and fast twists and turns. I decided to throw in the out and back on the zoom trail on the way down. That was probably the best part of the ride. The only other trail I have ridden in WP was the 24hrs of adrenalin course in 2002 when I raced in it. I assume there are lots of other trails I don't know of that are much better than Tipperary, if not I doubt I will bother going back to WP to ride.

Recommended Route:
If you really want to ride this I would start at Elk Creek Rd where the trail lets out if you are going the original way. Then ride and out back up chainsaw to zoom, do zoom out and back(~5miles), then ride chainsaw to flume, ride flume and then turn around and do it the other way.



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