Flume Trail Winter Park, CO
Here is the first Winter Park Colorado mountain bike trail of the week. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has started to do a mountain bike trail of the week and I thought I would pass it along.
I have ridden the Flume/Creekside trail with the wife about three years ago. The ride is not that physically demanding but there are a couple tricky parts that take some mountain bike skill. I would say the whole family could do this ride with maybe a couple of areas of walking for the beginning bikers.
Some mountain bike etiquette:
- downhill riders make way for uphill riders
- if the trail is very muddy dismount and walk bike
- if taking a break move off of trail
OK so here is the Flume/ Creekside mountain bike trail of the week.
Length: 5.3 Miles
Rating: This is a physically easy trail but does require intermediate off-road skills.
Location: The trail starts at the St. Louis Creek Campground. From the Winter Park Visitor Center head north on US Hwy 40 for 1.5 miles once you come to the stop light in Fraser take a left on to CR 72 and stay right through the meadow. Once you come to the stop sign take a left. To get to the campground take CR 73 from Fraser for four miles.
Trail Information: Begin at St. Louis Creek Campground. The trail-head for Creekside. Creekside begins as a two track that is rocky and rutted in sections and slightly uphill with little terrain change at the beginning. The two track will turn into single track as the trail approaches the creek. The single track trail becomes more difficult with less gravel and larger river rock and more twists and turns. This is the most scenic part of the trail. Large beaver ponds may harbor an occasional moose, so take time to enjoy your surroundings.
Enter Flume and be prepared for an extremely fun ride. This trail is slightly moderate downhill descent with numerous turns, yet is never too hard. The kind of ride that makes your smile hurt. Heavily wooded forests at times gives way to open meadows full of wild flowers in the spring. The Flume trail gets its name from an old logging flume, which it parallels, for much of the ride. The trail will go through some aspens before reaching the scenic over look bench. Take time to enjoy the view of Byers Peak and St. Louis Creek.
Shortly after the scenic overlook is a trail junction. Straight ahead is Chainsaw, turn left and the trail will take you across St. Louis Creek. Turn left after the bridge and follow an old road back to the campground.
This is a great ride that is not to hard. Do look for moose and other wildlife in the area.
On the way back to Winter Park stop and have a beer and a bite to eat at one of Winter Park’s fine eateries.
Summer is here so lets get outside and enjoy this wonderful place called Winter Park, Colorado.