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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announce Best Hiking & Biking Trails for Fall

September 4, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The Winter Park-Fraser Chamber today released its list of the best hikes and mountain bike rides for fall. Winter Park is known as “Mountain Bike Capital USATM” because of its 600-plus miles of easy-to-access trails.

Included in that count: Trestle Bike Park, the fastest-growing bike park in North America and the second-biggest bike park program in the world. Inside experts at the chamber offer these top treks for peak fall foliage peeping – on two wheels or two feet!

To save some green while seeing Colorado gold, book the Cycle, Sleep and Save package through Winter Park Central Reservations. Get two nights lodging and a one-day bike rental starting at just $84/person.

Best Bike Rides

Rogers Pass: This trail is high up on the Continental Divide with James Peak towering over the trail to the south. The trail is an old railroad grade that has some loose rocks and a section of steep climb. Rogers Pass is a classic mountain bike ride that offers killer panoramic views of the Continental Divide, Winter Park Ski Resort, Williams Fork Range and Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.

Tipperary Trail: This trail has attracted the attention of pro riders and amateurs just wanting a challenging ride. Velonews, a popular cycling magazine, rated this as one of the top five race courses in the world! The trail is typically used in Winter Park Resort’s Epic Singletrack Race Series, but you don’t have to be a racer to love this ride. It has great views of aspen in the fall with a nice, steady climb through beautiful meadows.

Visit for a just-released list of the top 10 most colorful rides Winter Park.

Top Hiking Trails
Meadow Creek Reservoir: Meadow Creek Reservoir is a beautiful lake located just outside the western boundary of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. This deep lake contains brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout in case you want to pack your pole, but the fish aren’t the only colorful species in the area! The region is also surrounded by foliage that is bright and beautiful in the fall.

James Peak Protection Area: This 14,000-acre area, which straddles the Continental Divide, is an alpine wonderland that boasts sweeping views, powerful peaks and lovely lakes. Wildlife, including elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and bear live here. The alpine meadows and forests of Englemann spruce, subalpine fir, and lodepole pine are not only beautiful, but also provide outstanding habitat for several species.

Jones Pass: This 6.5 mile route takes hikers to the crest of the Continental Divide above the tree line. It’s a moderate to steep climb that gets hikers up close and personal with the fall-hued trees along a narrow road.

For more details on these and other trails in the Winter Park area, stop by the Winter Park Visitor Center – located at 78841 US Highway 40 – where the staff is armed with the latest trail access information and maps to help explorers pick the perfect route. Check out Winter Park’s Facebook page at, follow @playwinterpark on Twitter or look up the Winter Park Pinterest page at

Winter Park-Fraser Chamber (

The Winter Park-Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

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