Top Fall Cycling Trails in Colorado
Uncrowded Colorado Road and Mountain Biking During Fall
When Colorado’s aspen trees begin changing in autumn, our beautiful state becomes scenic in an entirely new, gorgeous way. For cycling enthusiasts, fall is the perfect time to get in a ride with a view. Trying to see all that beauty, though, can get a little crowded. Consider riding one of these off-the-beaten path road and mountain biking routes before winter hits, and you’ll be rewarded with killer views and uncrowded roads and trails.
Aspen-lined singletrack, several creek crossings, and open meadows make this mountain bike adventure worth it for intermediate and advanced riders. You’ll cover approximately 17 miles and over 5,000 feet of elevation change. To get there, head south out of Fairplay on Highway 285 to County Road 5/Weston Pass Road, on your right. Take County Road 5 to the intersection of County Road 22, then continue to Forest Road 455. Turn right, and then make another right near the National Forest Boundary gate. Park at the parking area, and get ready for a fun fall ride.
For even more information about the ride from others who have done it, read this.
If you’ll be passing through Summit County on your way to or from Fairplay, you may also want to add in an arguably more crowded, but just as scenic, route to your biking plans. Riding around Lake Dillon
is a wonderful and pretty option for a fall bike ride. It definitely isn’t remote, but it’s a fun and classic 18 miles of around-the-lake riding if you have some spare time.
The Steamboat Springs area is well known for its stunning natural scenery, and that reputation tends to keep the area teeming with activity throughout the year. However, if you venture out of town a mere half hour you’ll be rewarded with camera-worthy views, fun trails, and very few people. An area worth exploring is the Routt National Forest, and for mountain bikers, the North Routt National Forest is particularly inviting.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can spend days exploring the extensive network of trails in the area. For a fun day ride that’s been documented before, give the Seedhouse Loop a go. You’ll cover over 20 miles with approximately 2,000 feet of elevation gain.
To top it off, Steamboat is arguably one of the best places in the state when it comes to autumn colors.
Aspen is well known for its, well, scenic stands of aspen trees. If you head away from town you’ll be rewarded with some delightful road biking with unmatched scenery, and the crowds are far more manageable. These two particular rides are in the Old Snowmass area, a few minutes away from Basalt.
These rides offer some gentle uphill riding on refreshingly remote roads.
To locate the trails, head over to the park and ride parking lot near the Old Snowmass Conoco gas station
. You’ll ride up Capital Creek for nearly two miles. Next, you’ll reach a T intersection. A left will take you to Deaf Camp over 4.5 miles in (725 feet elevation gain), and a right will lead you to Monastery after a 6.5 mile ride while climbing over 850 feet in elevation.
If you’re looking for uncrowded Colorado road biking coupled with car-free bliss, make your way over to the Maroon Creek Trail, located 10 miles southwest of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road.
This ride is one of the area’s “legendary, must-do” rides, and when the aspens change during fall, the region is bathed in color. The access road isn’t open to cars, giving cyclists 11 miles of paved road to enjoy. Plus, you truly can’t beat the impressive views of one of the state’s most famous views — the Maroon Bells. If that isn’t motivation to keep pedaling, we don’t know what is!
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