Notes: This loop is designated for mountain biking. It provides a great ride for novice riders. It includes a mixture of backcountry roads, jeep trails, and singletrack.
To access this loop from Winter Park, ride west along the Fraser River Trail to the town of Fraser. From Fraser, head west at the traffic light on Elk Creek Road which runs behind the Safeway Center. Go about 1/4 mile, turn right after passing under the railroad tracks. Follow this road to County Road 73. Cross County Road 73 and look for the entrance to the Givelo trail which runs parallel to the road. Turn left and follow the Givelo trail as it climbs gradually along side the road for about 2 miles. Look for the Northwest Passage trail on your right, just before the cattle guard and the Fraser Experimental Forest sign. Turn right.
Northwest Passage Loop is a mostly flat trail that varies from singletrack to jeep trail winding through a lodgepole pine forest. This trail ends at the softball fields. Continue straight ahead, past the fields, down the access road and out onto County Road 50. Turn right and follow it east back toward town; it will eventually turn into pavement. After approximately 1 1/2 miles, the road takes a sharp turn to the left; ahead of you is the lumber yard. You turn right onto a dirt road marked County Road 731. Stay on this road for 1 mile. You will pass the rodeo arena on your right. Follow this road around to the front of the rodeo arena until you come to the Givelo trail and County Road 73. Turn left and follow this trail back into Fraser.
Directions from Fraser: Ride west on Elk Creek Road, which runs behind the Safeway Center.
Directions from Winter Park: Ride west along the Fraser River Trail to the town of Fraser. Head west at the traffic light on Elk Creek Road, which runs behind the Safeway Center.
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