Hwy 36 – Lefthand Canyon – Olde Stage Road
This is another Boulder “quickie”, from North Broadway in Boulder you can get up, over and back into Boulder in about an 1 hour and get some decent climbing. The ride starts at the corner of Broadway and Lee Hill Drive in North Boulder. You can ride this loop in either direction but I prefer going counter clockwise. This way you get a little more of a warm up on 36.
Head North on Hwy 36 for about 5 miles. Look for the Green Briar restaurant on your left and that is the beginning of Left Hand Canyon. Turn left. The first part of your warmup is complete. Phase two begins here with a gentle climb of Left Hand Canyon.
Follow Left Hand Canyon for about 2.5 miles and look for the left hand turn of Olde Stage Road. Turn left on Olde Stage Road. The climbing now gets steeper. A short steeper section followed by a false flat section will follow. You will now see in the distance the “real” climb ahead (see picture below). The last part of the climb is steep but short.
Once you have reached the top of climb its all downhill back to Lee Hill and Broadway. Coast down and finish the day…. You just did Olde Stage Road in Boulder Colorado! (For a variation and more climbing try Bow Mountain
– 12.5 miles
– 1164 feet of climbing
– Most of the climbing is gradual until the last .25 mile to the top of Olde Stage