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Peddle, walk or rollerblade the 4-mile loop that circles Lake Estes. Several parking lots and access points make it easy. The path links to the Riverwalk that follows the Big Thompson into downtown Estes Park, where cyclists are asked to hop off and walk. The slower pace lasts just a few blocks and allows riders to take in the beautiful flowerbeds, stop for a bite or grab additional gear. West of downtown near Performance Park, cyclists can mount their bikes and continue along the scenic Fall River for about one and a half miles, passing by many riverside lodging properties. The bike path also branches to the south under Colorado Hwy 36, across from the fairgrounds. The trail takes you through Stanley Park, past the dog park and the ball fields. After .7 miles, this route stops abruptly at Brodie Avenue where the path was washed away by the flood in the fall of 2013. Estes Park Marina rents single-geared bikes and a surrey-type pedal cart. Child carriers are available. 970-586-2011, www.evrpd.com/marina/marina-info.
If you prefer to take in the sights via two wheels and your own engine, hop on your road bike. We don’t recommend riding US Hwy 34 from Loveland to Estes Park or US Hwy 36 from Lyons to Estes Park because of road construction and no shoulder. Watch for traffic during the busy summer months (weekdays are best). Go early; the weather can roll in rather fast. Always head out with extra clothing, plenty of water and food, and your cell phone in case of emergencies. However, cell phone coverage can be very unreliable in the mountains and canyons.The flooding in September has affected some of the best road-riding routes in the area. For the following year, riding on US Hwys 34 and 36 and Colorado Hwy 7 is not recommended for safety’s sake.
Still, road-riding in this area is amazing and challenging. The scenery will never bore you. The riding is good from early spring into the fall. Watch for traffic during the busy summer months. Go early; the weather can roll in rather fast. Always head out with extra clothing, plenty of water and food and your cell phone in case of emergencies.
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