Centennial Cone

Centennial Cone Park

Central Front Range, Colorado

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  • The beginning of the Travios Trail as seen from the parking lot.- Centennial Cone
  • Remains of farms from the past accentuate the landscape.- Centennial Cone
  • Riding the Centennial Cone.- Centennial Cone
  • Bridge over Elk Creek.- Centennial Cone
  • A bee looking for lunch.- Centennial Cone
  • Looking up the switchbacks.- Centennial Cone
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  • View from the first technical downhill.- Centennial Cone
  • The meadows along the ride are expansive.- Centennial Cone
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  • View of the canyon that leads to Golden.- Centennial Cone
  • Large bridge before the huge uphill.- Centennial Cone
  • Major rock obstacles on the trail.- Centennial Cone
  • Wildflowers flank the trail.- Centennial Cone
  • The last bit of the Travois Trail.- Centennial Cone
  • The beginning of the climb to the Elk Range Trail section of the loop.- Centennial Cone
  • Horse farm on the private land near the park.- Centennial Cone
  • Last bit before the parking lot.- Centennial Cone
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Pros: 
Long, uninterrupted single track. Amazing wildflowers in spring and early summer. Historic landmarks.
Cons: 
Can be busy on the weekends. On weekends, even dates are for bikes and odd dates are for hiking.
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Region:
Central Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,804.00 ft (549.86 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Biking
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
12.06 mi (19.41 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,733.00 ft (2,357.02 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Centennial Cone is an amazing cross-country tour through patches of wildflowers, tight singletrack, and beautifully expansive vistas. Long ago this land was settled by homesteaders who left their marks around the park in the form of skeletons of stone chimneys and farm machinery.

The ride begins with a blazing downhill from Travois Trail that is followed by some gentle ups and downs before the giant uphill to Mayhem Gulch. Take some time to admire the multitude of wildflowers on the trail; this is one of the best places in the Front Range to see such a wide variety. The last few miles of the ride are double track through the Elk Range Trail section of the park. This part of the park is closed in the spring for elk calving, making this an out-and-back in the spring instead of a full loop. Some of Elk Range Trail is on private land, so be sure to stick to the trail.

If you end up planning to ride Centennial Cone on the weekend, pay attention to what day it is; due to heavy use, even days are allocated for mountain biking and odd days for hiking. The fine is $50 and rangers frequent the trails on the weekends so best to follow the rules. For a longer route, consider leaving from the parking lot at Highway 6 West and riding up Mayhem Gulch into the park.

 

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