Nestled in the foothills near the Ken Caryl Valley Housing area, the Ken Caryl Valley Trails offer a unique blend of terrain diversity and scenic beauty. Though it's a private trail system maintained by homeowner association funds, those who secure access are in for a treat. An 11-mile loop of moderate difficulty awaits the intrepid cyclist.
To embark on this journey, head west of Denver on C-470 and exit on Ken Caryl Drive, proceeding into the valley. Parking is available just west of the first stoplight near the trailhead for the Kathy Johnson trail.
The trail courses through a tapestry of landscapes. From the Dutch Creek notch, enjoy a stunning view of downtown Denver. Then, ride through grandiose Red Rock formations and open prairies that make you half-expect to see dinosaurs grazing.
The trail system is replete with moderate climbs and winding downhill single tracks, offering something for everyone except perhaps adrenaline junkies craving extreme technical challenges. However, several sections, particularly on Lark Bunting Loop, demand a decent level of technical skill.
This is a private trail system patrolled by Ken Caryl Rangers and volunteers. Access requires a pass or residential proof, but the well-maintained trails justify the exclusivity.
Although it's a privately maintained trail, Ken Caryl Valley offers an appealing combination of scenic beauty and riding diversity. If possible, get a resident to guide you through this well-kept secret, and enjoy a ride that offers both a workout and a visual feast. If you're in the area and have the opportunity to ride here, it's highly recommended.