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Our website was established in 2008 and we are looking forward to providing outstanding information about cycling in Colorado. Our specialty is in the area of Mountain and Road biking. We also strive to include options for family rides or for any non-riders of the family (while mom, dad, sister or brother may be enjoying their favorite road or trail). This ensures that families can recreate together in the surrounding region. Feel free to contact us at: thom@switchbackcycling.com
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Early September brings new meaning to the term Gold Rush in Colorado. When the Aspens turn from green to gold you know winter is close behind. Riding in the high country of Colorado will give you rich rewards. As you pedal through amber canopies of leaves and crisp autumn days, the Colorado high country is like no place else. By now you have peaked in riding skills and ability and you are ready to continue on with serious riding. Whether on the road or singletrack, this time of year brings changes and changes fast. Snow in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon, or anything in between. So dress warm, have layers to add or subtract and get ready to roll out. Check out our featured ride, Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass
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Southcentral - Kenosha Pass

Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass

Type: Mountain bike out and back
Start elevation: 10,000 ft
Lowest elevation: 9,830 ft
Highest elevation: 11,880 ft
Vertical gain: 3,610 ft
Distance: 23.5 miles

Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass is perhaps one of the most popular trails to ride in Colorado for many reasons. First would be location: the trail is atop Kenosha Pass on HWY 285. The views from the trailhead alone may be enough for some visitors. Access is easy and parking is plentiful. You can leave your car on either side of the highway with no problem. Second, don’t miss part of the infamous Colorado Trail, #1776 which goes from Chatfield Reservoir in South Jefferson County to Durango Colorado. This section is a must. By far the best time to ride is the month of September when the Aspen trees are turning from green to amber. From the trailhead you climb through some sections with a myriad of roots to navigate and Evergreens overhead as cover. There will be some descending and narrow bridges to cross. You may want to stop and admire the South Park Valley at various points along the way. The trial is sweet singletrack and flows very well. The trees will provide just enough cover for a good part of the trail; however, you will end above timberline at 11,880 feet above sea level. Since timberline is where most trees can’t grow (due to minimal oxygen), make sure you’re in good shape. By the time you’re above timberline, you will not have much further to travel. The trail forks and you’ll want to stay to the right to Georgia Pass. There’s a good chance you will see some other riders resting, taking in the views, having lunch, and preparing for the way down. There is the option to drop down toward Breckenridge; however, this will require a shuttle car on the other side. If you choose this option it is well worth the effort and planning. Once you head back down the way you came up, the trail seems like an entirely different experience. It offers new challenges and will require some good handling skills. When you stop to catch your breath remind yourself to enjoy the trail including the amazing little pockets of flowing singletrack. Once you’re back at the parking area you head south on US 285 to Fairplay and South Park or east towards Jefferson County and the Denver area.

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