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Old 06-16-2015, 12:50 PM   #1
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Denver to Nederland via 72 (Coal Creek Canyon)

Slept in on Sunday and decided to head up to Nederland. I have lived in CO for 6 years, and never been up there. I have really only gone to Pinecliffe, and then headed down to South Boulder Creek to fly fish. Now that I have the DRZ, I figured why not just drive past that, and maybe try for the Peak to Peak. Loaded up, and drove to Nederland. Such a perfect, beautiful day. Weather was nice and cool, and still a ton of snow on the mtns. I drove through Nederland, and took a left on Caribou Rd. Never heard of it, or anything. Took that road for a while, and passed several lifted trucks and wranglers. I thought to myself, sweet, maybe some type of 4WD trail/road up ahead. I made it up to the top, and just enjoyed the scenery for a while, and headed back to Denver. Longest day on the bike so far, and what a great couple of hours in the saddle. I need new tires soon b/c the D606's that came with the bike made for some bad vibes in my hands. Probably will throw a set of Shinko 705's on there next week when I change the sprockets out to 15/41. I have 14/47 on there now. Really looking forward to getting out into the foothills more and just cruising around.




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Old 06-16-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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Great place isnt it?
You should try going to Nederlands thru Boulder as well.
Start in Boulder and go to the base of the Flat irons (Baseline Rd) the take Flagstaff Rd all the way up and over the mountain, it will connect with 68J then to 132 and finally 119 (peak 2 peak) go thru Nederlands and take 72 all the way to Estes Park. Great ride!
Very scenic, and it has a mixture of road and gravel.

Here's a pick of what to expect on Flagstaff (coming back to Boulder):
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:56 PM   #3
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I have done that part of flagstaff, just not on the bike yet. Nice and twisty.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:09 AM   #4
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I ride from Boulder to Nederland all the time. Lefthand Canyon + Switzerland trail. Fun 1/3 day ride. If you haven't done Switzerland trail it is a MUST SEE.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:18 AM   #5
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I ride from Boulder to Nederland all the time. Lefthand Canyon + Switzerland trail. Fun 1/3 day ride. If you haven't done Switzerland trail it is a MUST SEE.
Never heard of it, but I am game. Info on it readily available?
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Never heard of it, but I am game. Info on it readily available?

Just go to google maps and type it in. The trail is there. Specifically I start from lefthand canyon road then connect to switzerland via lickskillet. Since you are coming from the south, you would take sunshine canyon drive to gold hill then head south on switzerland trail. That ends at peak to peak 6 miles north of nederland.

The only bad part is the trail is "easy" as far as trails go. It has no inclines because it used to be a train route. It's bumpy enough to high center a subaru though. I've seen that.

Here are my pics
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=998896

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Old 06-18-2015, 02:13 PM   #7
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You are lucky the Hippies didn't get you, OH wait, that's Ward.

Nice country up there and lots of roads.

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I ride from Boulder to Nederland all the time. Lefthand Canyon + Switzerland trail. Fun 1/3 day ride. If you haven't done Switzerland trail it is a MUST SEE.
Saw your pics and that is amazing! Next time Im in Colorado Ill HAVE to try
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Old 06-18-2015, 02:16 PM   #9
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Just go to google maps and type it in. The trail is there. Specifically I start from lefthand canyon road then connect to switzerland via lickskillet. Since you are coming from the south, you would take sunshine canyon drive to gold hill then head south on switzerland trail. That ends at peak to peak 6 miles north of nederland.

The only bad part is the trail is "easy" as far as trails go. It has no inclines because it used to be a train route. It's bumpy enough to high center a subaru though. I've seen that.

Here are my pics
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=998896
Thanks for the info. I will have to hit that up soon. Head up to a place called "Homestake Reservoir" between Minturn and Leadville this weekend. Of course the DRZ will be attached to the truck and I plan to ride around whatever I can find up that way. Cheers.
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