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.