Kenosha Pass Shows Mountain Bikers Peak Fall Colors


Photo Credit: Brett Borders

Kenosha Pass - considered by many to be the best mountain biking trail in the Front Range - has perfect riding conditions this past weekend. There sky was clear, temperatures were warm, and the aspens were blazing the peak of the fall colors. On Saturday (9/24/11) at least 40 hardcore mountain bikers, in various small groups and clubs, completed the 24 mile high country ride from Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass.

The Kenosha Pass trailhead is located approximately 50 miles SW of Denver, CO, on US-285 and it stands at 9,997 ft. In addition to the highway, the pass is crossed by a prime section of Colorado Trail singletrack with epic views of South Park and the Mosquito Range.

After parking alongside US-285, just after the clearly marked "Kenosha Pass - Colorado Trail" sign... ride on the Colorado Trail north, which is the right hand side of the road, up through about a mile of rooty forest before you begin the first decent.

For the intermediate rider, the best option is to ride the Colorado Trail through tight, relatively smooth singletrack that bombs through "tunnels" of colorful aspens until you reach County Road 37 and Beaver Ponds Picnic Area. Then turn around and ride back up to your car at the top.

For riders with more stamina and technical skills - you can keep climbing up the Colorado Trail after crossing County Road 37. Here you go into a thick evergreen forest with 6 miles of steep climbing to get to the top of Georgia Pass. The first 4 miles are loaded with roots and rocks that are technically challenging but ridable. The last two miles breaks out above the treeline and takes you up smooth singletrack to Georgia Pass (11,585'). Here you can see stunning panoramic views of the Breckenridge mountains and South Park. The descent back down to County Road 37 is an all-out scream - a 25 minute "black" downhill rip through the real Colorado high country. Some turns can be tight and fast, so be conscious and watch out for other riders making their way up!

About the Author: Brett Borders is a direct response copywriter, snowboarder and mountain biker living in Denver, CO... and loving every minute of it!



Photo Credit: Brett Borders

Photo Credit: Brett Borders

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