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North Fork Lollipop

Intermediate
 3.8 (72) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Beautiful bench cut singletrack with hearty climbs and fast flowy descents


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Map Key

21.0

Miles

33.8

KM

90%

Singletrack

7,560' 2,304 m

High

6,102' 1,860 m

Low

2,685' 819 m

Up

2,687' 819 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

No biking on the west side of Reynolds Park.

Overview

This is a brand-new singletrack built 2014 by Jefferson County on JeffCo/Private/Pike Forest land. This ride consists of long sustained climbs and downhills. It can be ridden as an out-n-back or as a lollipop when combining the trail with the offerings in Reynolds Park. You are constantly rewarded with great views of the South Platte Valley and Pike National Forest, as well as the sounds of the river below.

Need to Know

Use bug spray and long sleeves/arm/leg warmers to keep the vegetation from smacking you in the arms and legs. The growth in some areas has taken over the trail!

Description

I found the best way to ride this trail is from the parking area at its lowest point - along the north fork of the South Platte River. By parking here you'll have driven past Reynolds Park which is the high point of the ride.

From the parking lot you'll start a mellow climb through scattered ponderosa pine and an abundance of pretty much every type of wildflower in the state (when I went early July). The trail is a rolling climb for the first 7 or so miles - a couple hundred ft. up, then 100ft down - you'll come to some doubletrack for about 1 mile then the trail branches back off and continues to climb. At approximately mile 8 you start a longer downhill into Reynolds Park. Continue to the intersection of Hummingbird Trail and take a left to start a fun and fast 1 mile descent to South Foxton Road.

Once you reach the road, you need to ride up Foxton Road for about 0.3 miles and you'll see the North Fork Trail sign on the right. Climb this for about half a mile. You'll gain about 300ft. and at times you'll be pushing your bike as the trail hits over 33% grade.

Once past the bench, the trail flattens out and then you'll dive back onto the North Fork Trail. Now back on the North Fork Trail and heading back to your car, be sure to watch for hikers and other riders as you start bombing this perfectly cut - nearly rock free downhill.

Option: Once in Reynolds Park, doing Hummingbird Trail counter-clockwise will send you down the steep section but still requires to climb a steep trail to get back up.

Contacts

Shared By:

Lyle Tucker with improvements by Jim Fish and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 72 votes

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  3.8 from 72 votes
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Photos

Getting away from the crowds..
May 9, 2019 near Pine, CO
A refreshing watering hole on your return route
Jul 27, 2015 near Pine, CO
Overlooking the W Platte River on the initial ascent.
Jul 27, 2015 near Pine, CO
At the top of the trail, looking south
Apr 15, 2018 near Roxboro…, CO
At the highest point looking north toward Pikes Peak.
Oct 30, 2016 near Roxboro…, CO
Pikes Peak in the background; the trail snakes down the valley.
Oct 30, 2016 near Pine, CO

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Jun 20, 2022
Anthony Lewis
Beautiful ride! Not technical but the duration and the amount of ascent makes it a challenge. Parts of the trail has loose rocks/gravel to watch… 20.5mi — 3h 13m
Nov 14, 2021
Steve .
Trails in good condition, no downed trees or washouts 21mi — 3h 00m
Jul 5, 2021
Mark Whitney
Good Trail, crushed gravel is a little challenging on the downhills. No cell phone coverage here. 8.1mi
Jun 20, 2021
Lior Y
Jun 5, 2021
Anna Gasiewicz
It was super hot but still very pretty 20.3mi — 2h 41m
May 23, 2021
Stephanie Powell
Aug 8, 2020
Rolando Maciel
Jul 18, 2020
Clinton Hyman