Until the snow today, the temperatures in Boulder have been in the 50’s and 60’s, which is welcome but unusual for January. We had mountain biking on our mind and decided to drive the two hours down to Pueblo to ride the 50+ miles of singletrack around Lake Pueblo.
Lake Pueblo is a Colorado State Park, managed for recreation. The Southern Colorado Trail Builders have built the network of trails, divided between North Shore and South Shore trails. We decided to ride South Shore trails this time around, and after 30 miles of riding, we felt that there was so much more to ride, even on the South Shore.
Check out the maps and mileage here. Our route was as follows:
– Park at South Marina
– Ride South Shore trail to Inner Limits South, then Outer Limits to Voodoo Loop. If you check out the map, you’ll see that there are plenty of other, shorter trails to ride closer to the trailhead. These are supposedly in the canyons, while our route hugs the reservoir and gives you glimpses of mesas, water, and Pikes Peak.
It was 70 degrees out and an absolutely perfect day of mountain biking. The trail itself is fairly fast, with many wide radius turns that you can rail or practice your cornering on. Our total elevation gain over about 30 miles was around 1,200 feet, so the climbing and descending is minimal. Overall, the trail felt fast and never really surprised you (that’s a good thing) – you had plenty of time to lead up to turns, chundery sections had good sightlines and grades, and when there was beautiful scenery to look at, you usually had a straightaway to check it out and not crash.
This is a perfect destination for the fall – winter – spring months when Boulder and Denver riding is not available.