Left Hand Trail

Trail Meter: 
Fair

Land of 1,000 Gates ... for now

Do you want to get out of town? Live up in North Boulder and want to connect from Boulder Valley Ranch to points North? Well, this is a trail for you! Yes, as of the writing of this description are heaps of gates to go through (think of it as practice for cyclocross with all the dismounts/mounts you'll be doing), but it's also singletrack!  And in the near future, at least some o' these gates are going to be supplemented by ride-over cattle guards.  In the winter, this trail is really exposed so it dries out pretty quickly. In the summer, this trail is really exposed, so you can practice your dehydration-weightloss plan easily by riding on this trail midday!

Oh, the gates of doom

Lefthand Trail connects the Sage Trail at Lookout Rd. with Neva Rd at 39th (39th is a dirt road, so it's a cool way to avoid all that yucky "pavement" all the roadies talk about loving). The trail trucks along for just over 2 miles next to Lefthand Valley Reservoir and some great cattle grazing land. From the Sage Trail, you can connect onto this trail by following the signs at the Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead. After going through a somewhat confusing set of gates and splitting trails (just keep heading North), you will quickly get rolling. There are a few minor twists and turns and even a couple of small bridges to go over. If you are a beginning mountain biker, this could be a great way to practice your skills on an easy trail with very few people around to be embarrassed in front of!

Reservoir pic on lefthand trail

From a wildlife standpoint, you'll have great opportunities to see a largely unbounded prairie dog colony (well several actually). These large ground squirrels are heaps of fun to stop and watch (an excuse I use every time I'm tired and see some). They are much smarter than their chubby little behinds portray and actually have members of the colony standing guard against predators. Each type of predator causes them to make a different call. While they are known to make a "human warning", I'm not sure that they discriminate between hikers and bikers (wouldn't it be nice if all humans thought the same way?). During the spring and summer, you can also hear meadowlarks calling regularly. Look for a tan and yellow bird about the size of a Robin on fenceposts in the distance when you ride. Finally, you are not too far away from known Bald Eagle, Osprey, and Red-tailed Hawk nests. Keep an eye on the sky for these awesome hunters!

rolling hills on lefthand trail

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2.9 mi.
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Althought it looks good from both lots, there is a lot of deep mud. Please choose another option unless we have about 5 more days of great weather.

12/29 - Big slushy mess with heaps of mud. Be kind to this one little bit of windy single track in the area and stay off it for a few more days.

Trail Meter: Good»Poor

11/2 Snow, slush and mud. DON'T RIDE THIS TRAIL NOW. Snow and mud will persist until next storm on Saturday 11/5. If that doesn't materialize, might be rideable by Tuesday 11/7.

Rode this last night after the small rain. It's fast and dust free!

Good shape

Trail Meter: Poor»Good

Trail is fine... a bit bumpy from some horses, but it's dry.

Trail Meter: Good»Poor

Lots of mud, snow and yuck. Might be okay by the weekend, but right now it's being beaten pretty hard. Hold off on this one at least for a few more days.

feb 4 - packed snow and awesome as long as it stays cold. if it melts it will be mud

Trail Meter: Fair»Good

Trail in great shape as of Sat 1/29. Have fun before the snow!

Trail Meter: Poor»Fair

I would say the trail is now in fair condition. There are a couple of spots where I would suggest walking so you don't rut it out too badly. Mostly in the lower areas.

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