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Biking

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Leave your car at Stone Mountain Lodge and do an easy ride to town, ride long miles on rolling hills and plains, or ride rugged mountain roads. Or, push your mountain bike on some on the best trails on the Front Range. The variety of bicycling in the immediate are is hard to beat anywhere

Road Biking

Easy Ride to the Town of Lyons via Apple Valley

applevalleyrdeast Apple Valley, named for its old apple orchards, has a unique beauty that contrasts against the rugged mountains. Follow this narrow, twisty, yet level road lined with a variety of deciduous trees, quaint houses, and country scenery with hardly any cars. It’s about 2.5 miles to the town of Lyons.

Apple Valley Road begins just a few hundred feet from Stone Mountain Lodge. Go along Hwy 36 west (away from Lyons) about 500 feet. There. on the left, you will see an arched wooden bridge across the Saint Vrain River. Cross the highway here and start your tour through Apple Valley.

Mountain Roads

A Short Ride Close By: Blue Mountain Road

From Stone Mountain Lodge, go along Hwy 36 west (away from Lyons) about 500 feet. There, on the left, you will see an arched wooden bridge across the Saint Vrain River.  Go right up Blue Mountain Road (Colorado 71).  Take this to the end of the paved road and turn around. This is about 4 miles.

Ride to  Raymond and/or Allenspark

This is a rigorous mountain ride that is pretty much all up hill until you turn around and come back. This is not a very heavily traveled road and offers spectacular mountain scenery.  Give it a try and take it as far as you want.

Take Hwy 36 or Apple Valley Road east to Lyons. Take Hwy 7 from Lyons into the mountains. Raymond is about 14 miles and Allenspark is about another 10 beyond that.

Rolling Hills and the Plains

Ride to the Town of Hygiene

This is a great ride from the mountains to the plains to the charming little town of Hygiene. It’s all rather level to gently sloping terrain with bike lanes or lightly traveled roads the entire way.

From Stone Mountain Lodge take Apple Valley Road to Lyons then follow Hwy 66 east about 6 miles to Hygiene Road. Make a right and ride about a mile to town. You can come back the same way or do the loop described below.

Loop Back to Lyons from Hygiene

This ride is somewhat up hill, but nothing like the mountains. This is very beautiful country on a very lightly traveled country road. It is about 8 miles to Lyons.

From Hygiene continue south, and take the right just before the railroad crossing. Follow it all the way to where it ends at Hwy 36. Go right on 36 and follow it back into Lyons.

A Great Ride to Boulder and Back

This is a very popular ride that cycling clubs do in reverse from Boulder all the time. Its about 16 miles of rolling hills each way. There are bike lanes the entire way.

Take Apple Valley road to Lyons, go east through Lyons and follow Hwy 36 right into the heart of Boulder (Take the first right that says Boulder).

Mountain Biking

Hall Ranch

Hall Ranch has some of the most favored mountain biking trails on the Front Range. It offers rides through meadows as well as good climbs. The trailhead is a very easy and scenic bike ride from Stone Mountain Lodge.

More Info on Hall Ranch.

How to get there: By bike, follow Hwy 36 west (away from Lyons) about 500 feet from Stone Mountain Lodge to Apple Valley Road. Make a left and take Apple Valley Road into Lyons. Then stay to the right and follow Hwy 7 about 1 mile. Trail heads are on the right.

Rabbit Mountain

Also popular for mountain biking, all Rabbit Mountains trails are multi-use. Rabbit Mountain is right along the foothills that includes terrain from sweeping grasslands to ridge top pine forests with views of the great plains to the east as well as the Continental Divide to the west.

More Info on Rabbit Mountain.

How to get there: From Stone Mountain Lodge take Hwy 36 east through Lyons. Continue on Hwy 66 east toward Longmont about 1 mile past the intersection of Hwy 66 and Hwy 36. Turn left on N. 53rd Street and continue for two miles to the trail heads.


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