5 Front Range Trails Near Denver, Colorado That Won't Destroy You

Updated: Oct 11, 2020

Mountain bike singletrack with trees on Green Mountain, Lakewood, Colorado.
The one tree section on Green Mountain in Lakewood Colorado.

It’s no secret that there are a lot more people riding bikes right now. Biking has taken center stage as one of the best and healthiest ways to enjoy the outdoors while maintaining social distancing. As a result, there are many new riders out there in the front range area of Denver, Colorado trying out our mountain biking trails. While I am personally stoked to see this, I also remember how it was for me as a newer mountain biker when I moved here in 2002: our trails can be really difficult!

That’s what gave me the idea to write this article- aimed at those who are trying to get out on their bikes a little more and have some fun, but don’t want to feel destroyed after- or like they walked the entire trail. Making time for rides can be a huge reliever of stress during these times, and it helps with getting used to how your bike handles and feels on different terrain while building your endurance along the way.

I do want to address trail etiquette first and foremost. Long-time mountain bikers are no strangers to the ongoing relationship with other trail users. There have even been a few times of higher tension since I moved here, and trail use advocates are always working hard behind the scenes to protect our trail usage rights. When you show up at a trail that you are allowed to ride, chances are, at some point, there may have been a controversy around MTB trail rights at that very trail. Keep this perspective when out there riding and choose to abide by proper trail etiquette.

See article on trail etiquette here.

In no particular order, some trails