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Best Bike Routes in Douglas County Picked By BDC

Bicycle Douglas County (BDC) does not meet for bike rides, but recommends the following routes or groups that ride in Douglas County (if you prefer outdoor activities instead of using an indoor bike). If you have a favorite route, send it to us and we will add it to our list!

BDC Favorite Bike Routes in Douglas County

Palmer Lake north to Wolfensberger Rd on Hwy 105; Wolfensberger Rd east to Castle Rock; go south on the west Frontage Road for I-25 to Tomah Rd; go west on Tomah Rd to Hwy 105 and then south on Hwy 105 to Larkspur turnoff (via Perry Park), go east to Larkspur and back west to Hwy 105 via Fox Farm Rd; south on Hwy 105 back to Palmer Lake. Moderate, ~45-50 miles.

Highlands Ranch Loop to Parker and beyond: Start at C-470 & Colorado, go east on C-470/E-470 trail to Parker. Head south on the Cherry Creek Trail to Stroh Ranch Park and exit trail system. Head west on Stroh Ranch Rd for 1 block, turn left onto Crowfoot Valley Rd. heading south. Turn right onto Sapphire Pointe Blvd and follow till dead ends. Walk thru fire gate and head north on Mesa Dr. Right onto Lariat Dr. Left on County Rd 33/Happy Canyon Rd, going over I-25 and downhill towards Santa Fe. Right onto Santa Fe for 1/4 mile. Right onto Daniels Park Rd climbing up to Castle Pines Parkway. Right onto Castle Pines Parkway, at round-about go 3/4 round to go north on Buffalo Trail. Left onto Monarch, heading north to McArthur Ranch Rd, turn left. McArthur Ranch Rd becomes Fairview after crossing Wildcat Reserve. Right onto Highlands Ranch Parkway, which becomes Colorado after crossing University. End at C-470 trail. ~44 mile loop.

Highlands Ranch/University go west on C-470 bike trail to Chatfield State Park; follow road around Chatfield Reservoir to exit opposite Roxborough Park Rd (south end); go west on Titan Rd where road bends to south and turns into Rampart Range Rd; go south to Waterton Road; go west and curve north to Wadsworth Blvd; go north on Wadsworth to the west entrance into Chatfield State Park; follow the park road back east through Chatfield and the C-470 trail to University. Moderate, 35 miles.

Castle Rock Plum Creek Exit #181. Park at the park ½ mile east of exit. Bike east on Plum Creek to the stop sign at Lake Gulch Rd, turn right and follow road SE till stop sign at CO 83. Return same route. Moderate/hilly terrain, 20 miles. (Increase distance by heading south on Hwy 83 for 2 miles and turn left onto Russellville Rd. Great shoulder and low traffic as you head north towards Franktown for 7 miles. Turn right onto Tomichi for quiet 5-mile loop in Deerfield neighborhood. Return by same route, total distance ~44 miles)

Parker Rd and Main St start. Bike from Main Street west to Motsenbocker Rd go south; to Crowfoot Valley Rd bike SW to Founders Pkwy go south to Hwy 86 (warning: Hwy 86–heavy traffic and no shoulders); bike east through Franktown up to Flint Rd; go north to Hilltop and back west to Parker/Main St. Moderate, 36 miles.

Parker Rd and Main St start. Bike west on Main Street to Motsenbocker Rd to Crowfoot Valley Rd to Founders Pkwy and return same route. Easy, 23 miles.

Greenland Open Space Trail: I-25 south to Exit #167 go west around bend in the road to the Open Space Parking area. 8-mile loop: hilly terrain on the east half and flat on the west. Crushed rock surface. Connects to the Santa Fe Trail (crushed gravel trail) in Palmer Lake for destination south into El Paso County via County Line Rd for ½ mile west to Palmer Lake Park.

East Upper Lake Gulch Rd. Park at Larkspur Park (I-25 Exit #173) and go back to I-25 and turn right onto East Upper Lake Gulch Rd. Bike east of I-25 for roller-coaster terrain after the first 4 miles of gentle climbing and terrific views of Pikes Peak; go north on Gorton road to Lake Gulch Road. 14 miles; dirt road for most of route.
Start at Highlands Ranch Pkwy and Wildcat Reserve Pkwy. Bike SE on Wildcat Reserve Pkwy to McArthur Ranch Rd, go right to Monarch Blvd turn right; go south to Buffalo Trail; turn right and follow to roundabout with Castle Pines Pkwy. Turn left (east) on Castle Pines Pkwy; bike east to Charter Oaks (stop light near Montessori school) and turn left. Follow Charter Oaks west and then north on Coventry and west on Oakwood Ln, (at every T intersection go left staying on roads that have a double yellow striped line). At top of last hill go left on Heather Dr to cul-de-sac; then bike/walk 50 yards of single-track into Castle Pines North homes. Turn left on Briar Ridge Dr. Follow this till it reaches Monarch Blvd and then retrace route to Highlands Ranch. Moderate/hilly terrain, 28 miles.

Start in Sedalia, head west on Hwy 67. After ~5 miles road narrows and climb up Jarre Canyon to crest at Rampart Range Rd. Continue west descending to Sprucewood where the pavement ends. Return by same route. Challenging climb and narrow road, 30 miles. Great on weekdays!

Start at C-470 trail & Colorado and go east onto E-470 trail at I-25. Bike east to Jordan Rd, go south on Jordan. Turn right onto Ridgegate Parkway (first section narrow and no shoulder). Ride west on Ridgegate to frontage road just east of I-25. Head south on frontage road to Castle Pines Parkway. Turn right onto Castle Pines, heading west to Monarch Blvd. Turn right onto Monarch, climbing over several rollers. Turn left onto McArthur Ranch Rd. becomes Fairview at Wildcat. Turn right onto Highlands Ranch Parkway, becomes Colorado Blvd. End at C-470 trail.