This trail connects the Cherryvale offices of Open Space and Mountain Parks to the South Boulder Creek Trail. A nice little out-and-back around the horse farm if you are so inclined to tap on a little extra mileage... and stop on in to say hi to our partners at OSMP!
The Cherryvale Trailhead has ample parking at most times, so this is a good access point if you aren't riding from your neighborhood.
This trail leaves from the Heatherwood neighborhood in Gunbarrel and climbs up to the water tower at the top of the hill. The panoramic view of the mountains from the water tank on the Gunbarrel Farm portion the trail is fantastic. Past the water tower you descend into the White Rocks section of the East Boulder Trail and and keep on going for several more miles to reach Araphaoe Road if you are so inclined.
White Rocks Trail is mostly a dirt doubletrack that winds through hills and is usually ridden in conjunction with the Heatherwood/Gunbarrel trail as an out and back of about 5 miles total. There are couple each of short climbs (and a somewhat bigger one to the water tank on the Gunbarrel Trail), curving rollers and straight, moderate downhills. Meadowlarks frequent the fence posts in the open plains here; their call can be heard over the wind blowing through the grasses. You may also spot an occasional coyote.
Running predominantly north-south through the plains just outside Boulder city limits, this wide crusher-fines trail is a great way to stretch the legs on a Sunday afternoon. You can grab the trail from Marshall Road to the south, or from the Bobolink Trailhead to the north. A couple of underpasses allow you to cruise right on underneath South Boulder Road and Highway 36 with safety and ease. A great trail to take your kid on the Strider or their first set of knobby wheels.
Teller Farms Trail is a flat dirt and gravel road with parking lots at either end, one accessed off Valmont Road and the other set back off Arapahoe. It is largely flat and an easy ride even for young children. It goes by Teller Lake and is modestly scenic with some great views of the Divide, meandering through a riparian habitat with ducks and other water fowl. Bald Eagles can also be seen in this area.
Be cautious as this trail is popular with joggers and other folks due to its convenient location.
The Cottonwood Trail is a gravel 2-track. It meanders along Whiterock Ditch for most of its way, on its E/S sides for much of the northern half, and on its W/S sides for the southern half. Cottonwoods and willows (many of which are massive) are plentiful, making for some very lush greenery as well as respite from the warmer months' punishing sun. Though it's on the NE edge of our bustling city, it has a wonderfully bucolic feel.