This loop ride near Fraser, Colorado, offers a 13-mile tour of the edge of the Arapahoe National Forest and is easily accessible off the main highway if you want to stop and stretch your legs during a road trip, or want to sample some singletrack in addition to a downhilling trip at nearby Winter Park. There are plenty of options to both add significant mileage and to access this route by bike from downtown Fraser.
Get your lungs ready, as this loop begins at 8,770 feet and tops out over 10,000 feet. It’s a mix of forested doubeltrack, narrow singletrack through alpine meadows, incredible mountain views and creekside riding. The altitude is the biggest challenge—the trails have a few rocky sections but nothing particularly challenging—so settle in to enjoy the views and fast, flowing descents.
Photos courtesy of MTB Project.