Winter Riding Suggestions
Just because the weather is snowy, doesn’t mean you have to stop riding – you just have to adjust you’re gear! Remember, there is no bad weather, just inappropriate gear!
Here are some of our go-to’s when we take our fat bikes out for a spin! (NOTE: Winter conditions change rapidly depending on temperatures, snowfall and many other factors! Check before you go.)
Methodist Mountain – Spartans/Little Rainbow: The Methodist Mountain system stays in the shade majority of the winter and it gets lots of foot traffic, which typically makes it for some good riding! Ride from town for the full loop, or park at the trailhead on CR110 to do a smaller loop.
Marshall Pass: The local snowmobile club grooms Marshall Pass Road, making a nice packed surface to ride on. Please be cautious of snowmobile traffic. Also in this area, Silver Creek Road and Poncha Creek Road.
St. Elmo/Hancock Road: While not officially groomed, the Hancock Road gets plenty of winter traffic, both motorized and non-motorized. Go once the snow has had a chance to pack and settle in. Benefit of this ride: finish at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs to warm up those toes and fingers!
Cottonwood Pass (Buena Vista): Another area that is groomed and maintained by snowmobiles. A highly used road for multiple user groups, so best to go during the week.
Our friends up in Leadville have a seemly endless winter, and the trails to go with it! Check with the Cloud City Wheelers for trail status!
Mineral Belt: The 11.6 miles of groomed non-motorized trail might be heaven on a fat bike. A shared trail with XC skiers, the Mineral Belt winds through Leadville and goes through some of the old mining districts.
CMC Trails: The college maintains is summer trails for great winter singletrack riding! Add a few loops in while riding the Mineral Belt!
Tennessee Pass Nordic Center: This Nordic area at the top of Tennessee pass is a favorite spot with 27km of groomed trails. Stop in the Cafe for a warm drink, or better yet, book dinner at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse and bike to dinner! Fee Area.