Four Mile to Poorman
This is the Boulder "quickie", from downtown Boulder you can get up, over and back into Boulder in less than 1 hour while along the way getting some sweet trails and hard climbs. Part of this ride is on gravel and it can be done on a road bike but for many a Mountain Bike might be a better choice since you might want the smaller gears... but many locals do use cross bikes and road bikes. The ride starts at the mouth of Four Mile Canyon which starts about 3 miles up Boulder Canyon. To reach this you can take Boulder Canyon since this section has a wide shoulder or you can take the Boulder Creek path which ends right at the start of the ride. Once on Four Mile the road is pretty tame as it follows a creek bed but about 2-3 miles into the road you will see a steep dirt road on your right, this is the FIRST dirt road too. Turn here and get it in your lowest gear because the next mile you will build up more lactate acid then the entire ride. At the "top" of the gravel (you will know) turn right and follow the nature flow of the road, this will eventually connect up with Sunshine Canyon which means your pedaling is done! Coast down and finish the day.... You just did Poorman's Canyon bike ride in Boulder Colorado!
- 9-10 miles or less depending on starting place
- 1252 feet of climbing
- Some gravel but suitable for road bikes but best on cross bike or mountain bike
Photos of Four Mile - Poorman's Route