3 Great Rides

We are lucky to have a seemingly endless list of great places to ride.
Here are three to add to the list.

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Elmer’s Two Mile Greenway—Boulder
2 miles
This multi-use paved path is a little gem linking to north Boulder. Built in 2010, the path heads north off Goose Creek path between Folsom and 28th and travels all the way to the north side of Iris. Users travel under two major roads—Valmont and Iris—thanks to underpasses. At Glenwood, there is a quick jog across a quiet stretch of road. Near the north end of the path sits Elmer’s Two Mile Park, a pretty green space with a fun playground for kids and benches to relax on for grown-ups.

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Photo: Steve Mokan

ON A MOUNTAIN BIKE
Sunset Park Trails—Erie 
4 miles—1.5 more miles coming this summer!
This fun system of single-track trails opened in September 2013 with two loops: Sunset East and Sunset West. The east portion is 1.5 miles with lots of fun and flowy berms and rollers, plus a few jumps for more advanced riders. Two new trails are being designed for this section, including a
“black diamond” trail with jumps and steep curves. The 2.5-mile west portion is more family friendly with smooth descents and flowy, groomed single track that even seasoned riders will enjoy pedaling. Currently, the best way to pedal to the trails is to jump on the Coal Creek path. In a short time the Coal Creek trail will re-open—yay! Check out a trail map—which also highlights places to park—at ErieSingletrack.com/Trail-Maps.

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Out and Back—Eldorado Springs
17 miles from downtown Boulder
20 miles from downtown Louisville
A nice hour-ish road bike ride from Boulder or Louisville is out to Eldorado Springs and back. From Boulder, pedal the Broadway Path to Marshall Road paralleling Hwy 93. At the second intersection, take a right and ride up to the traffic signal at Hwy 93. From Louisville, take Marshall Road west to the light. Cross over Hwy 93 to Eldorado Springs Drive. It’s about three miles to where the pavement ends in the tiny hamlet of Eldorado Springs (pop: 557). Most people ride there and back, some ride further on dirt toward Eldorado State Park. While the route appears flat, it’s a slight climb heading west and then a wheeeeee! fast pedal back. For a quick heart-rate raising climb, turn up Fowler toward the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram and ride to the end and back.