The Best Front Range Trail Runs: Fifty of the Best Trail Runs in the Front Range

The Best Front Range Trail Runs: Fifty of the Best Trail Runs in the Front Range

by Peter Jones


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• 50 trail runs selected for the beauty of the scenery, the variety of the terrain, and the range of difficulty levels

• Complete trail descriptions, highlights, directions, and color photos, maps, and elevation profiles

• Quotes on each trail from local legends and professional runners

Beginners and experienced trail runners alike will revel in the publication of this guide, which takes the guesswork out of choosing a trail to run along Colorado’s Front Range. Covering 50 trails from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, this book highlights the best running trails chosen for their singletrack terrain, spectacular views, challenging routes, and proximity to major population centers. Each trail write-up includes the essential information one needs to quickly find and enjoy a spectacular run: map, elevation profile, directions, trail description, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937052102
Publisher: Colorado Mountain Club
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 746,585
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Colorado, Peter N. Jones has been running the trails of the Front Range for more than 20 years. An avid trail runner, climber, and mountaineer who has run and climbed throughout the United States, Peter still prefers running the trails of his home state.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 14

How to Use this Guide 16

General Trail Guidelines 19

Safety, Clothing, Food, Hydration 22

Local Groups and Organizations 24

Within one Hour of Denver

1 Barr Lake Wildlife Loop 26

2 White Ranch Loop 30

3 North Table Mountain Loop 34

4 Golden Gate Canyon Loop 38

5 Centennial Cone Loop 42

6 Apex Park Loop 46

7 Bergen Peak Loop 50

8 The Three Sisters Loop 54

9 Green Mountain Loop 58

10 Bear Creek to O'Fallon Out-and Back 62

11 Mount Falcon Hill Climb 66

12 Chatfield Reservoir Loop 70

13 Cherry Creek State Park Loop 74

14 Deer Creek Canyon 78

15 Strawberry Jack to Buck Gulch Loop 82

16 Buffalo Creek Out-and-Back 86

17 Carpenter Peak Climb 90

18 Castlewood Canyon Loop 94

19 Greenland Prairie Loop 98

Within One Hour of Boulder

20 Hall Ranch Loop 102

21 Heil Valley Ranch Loop 106

22 Boulder Valley Ranch Loop 110

23 Mount Sanitas Hill Climb 114

24 Mesa Trail Out-and-Back 118

25 Green Mountain Hill Climb 122

26 Bear Peak via Bear Canyon 126

27 South Boulder Peak via Shadow Canyon 130

28 Bobolink and South Boulder Creek Out-and-Back 134

29 South Boulder Creek and Big Bluestem Loop 138

30 Spring Brook and Goshawk Loop 142

31 Marshall Mesa Loop 146

33 Flatirons Vista Loop 150

33 Walker Ranch Loop 154

34 Eldorado Canyon Out-and-Back 158

35 The Skyline Traverse 162

Within One Hour of Colorado Springs

36 US Air Force Academy Falcon Loop 166

37 Barr Trail and Pikes Peak 170

38 The Incline 174

39 Rampart Reservoir Loop 178

40 Talon Loop-Cheyenne Mountain State Park 182

Within one Hour of Fort Collins

41 Greyrock Mountain Climb 186

42 Lory State Park Loop 190

43 Horsetooth Mountain Loop 194

44 Blue Sky to Indian Summer Out-and-Back 198

45 Sheep Mountain Out-and-Back 202

High Mountains

46 Lumpy Ridge Loop 206

47 Mount Audubon Climb 210

45 High Lonesome Loop 214

49 Heart Lake and James Peak 218

50 Ben Tyler Gulch 222

About the Author 227

Checklist of Runs by Distance 228

Checklist of Runs by Vertical Gain 230

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