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Sanders: New trail in Granby Ranch

Sometimes I even get surprised. No I’m not talking about the election or the fact that it is the 2nd week of November and the trails look more like early October. I’m surprised because I just rode a trail so fresh it still has the new trail smell and doesn’t have a name. This trail will be part of a trail network on the west side of Granby Ranch with trail completion to be done next spring.

It started with an exchange of emails about where to ride. All of the typical options were tossed out. The Phases, Idlewild, Leap Frog, Chainsaw and of course Granby Ranch. Then the email came, there is a new trail at Granby Ranch and it’s really good. The words new trail to mountain bikers is like saying powder day to skiers, stonefly hatch to fly fisherman or limited edition to Marvel fans.

No name trail

I’ll jump right in on my thoughts of the new trail. This trail is great, so good that I’m going to have to go ride it again as soon as my schedule let’s me. When I say it is new, I’m not kidding, because it’s not quite finished. There are places where you have to pay attention to the survey markers that mark the route as the trail tread is not totally defined at all times. The singletrack is tight due to the trail being hand built. The mixture of trail surface conditions is wide from rocky technical to smooth and buttery.

I’m surprised because I just rode a trail so fresh it still has the new trail smell and doesn’t have a name. This trail will be part of a trail network on the west side of Granby Ranch with trail completion to be done next spring.

Directions

The easiest way to find it is to ride the Fraser To Granby trail from the parking lot at the top of the hill on Silvercreek Drive just before you drop into Granby Ranch (the Gazebo is to the north). Ride south from the parking lot and you will see the Fraser to Granby Trail on your left. Look to your right and you will see the new trail.

The trail is a loop and you will be riding it counterclockwise. You’ll start out on more of a smooth flow surface in the pine trees yet steepness that will let you know that midsummer bike fitness is where it should be, hanging out in midsummer. There are just enough berms to make you want to come back and ride it the other way, down. Berms are mixed with narrow singletrack to give the trail a great balance. Soon the trail leaves the trees and takes you to the open sage. The open sage areas take on an entirely different feel. Raw trail that is in may areas being ridden in, creating the track. Looping around the top of the west side of Granby Ranch you may miss the panoramic views of Granby and the surrounding area because your eyes are firmly focused on keeping your bike on the trail as you start your descent. Rocky terrain, tight singletrack, challenging switchbacks are all part of the experience. Toss in some aspen groves and you have a pretty wide variety of terrain. Eventually you come back to the Fraser to Granby trail which will take you back to where you started or let you continue your ride on some of the other great trails in Granby Ranch.

I hope you get out and give this new trail a try. Mother nature will soon cover the ground with snow and spring is still a long ways away!

Looking for more information? Like Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) on Facebook. GMBA is your local mountain bike group. Check out Mountainbikecapitalusa.com. Great site by the Winter Park Chamber! Keith Sanders is the President of the Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, 3x US National Mountain Bike Champion and owner of Beavers Sports Shop. You can reach me at keith@winterparkskirental.com