Golden and Denver are two popular destinations for both recreational and commuter cyclists. Bike Jeffco has identified five possible routes between the two places. All of them have safety hazards and other challenges.
Which is the best route?
In an effort to answer this question and identify the safety hazards and challenges, Bike Jeffco invites you to join us to ride the five routes we have identified. Read more
This is a great ride to start from Golden. The Strava report starts in Arvada heading south-west through Golden and beyond. This gives you more mileage and it’s a good warm-up, but it’s not necessary. With 3,900 feet of elevation gain, this is a ride designed for climbing. Flying down Heritage Rd. to US 40 is a blast. Be ready to hang a quick right into Red Rocks. Now might be a good time to discuss Red Rocks etiquette. Read more
Deer Creek Canyon route is a classic bike route for many Denver cyclists and some might argue that it is Denver’s top athletic bike route. Rider and author, Katie Macarelli takes you on an extent route on this Deer Creek Canyon early ride. Read more
This is one of the best longer rides in the greater metro area. Using mostly streets or as much as 75 percent trails, it takes in Washington Park and the Bear Creek system to launch you west to Red Rocks Park, one of the great destinations in the area. There, you climb steeply through slabs of Fountain Formation sandstone, a stunning backdrop to your ride that helps distract you from the steep, but mercifully short, climb. The City of Denver bought the property in 1926, developed it with help from the Civilian Conservation Corp during the Great Depression, and dedicated the amphitheater in 1941. It now serves as a spectacular site for rock concerts and a famous Easter Sunday sunrise service. Leaving Red Rocks, you scoot through the fossilized bones and footprints of Dinosaur Ridge just east of the park along Alameda Parkway, closed to automobile traffic between Hwy. 93 and Rooney Road. After joining the C-470 Trail, the ride peaks out near Green Mountain, descends to the 6th Avenue Trail, then works its way back to Denver on surface streets. If you ride this clockwise and skip the climb into Red Rocks, the descent on Rooney Road or the C-470 Trail is fast, smooth, and not to be missed. Read more