Notes: This loop is designated for mountain biking. Watch for oncoming traffic on Blue Sky Trail.
It is best to begin this loop from Winter Park. Ride up Vasquez Road from the parking garage near the south end of town, cross the railroad tracks and continue 1/4 mile to Arapaho Road. Turn left onto Arapaho Road and continue to the end of the pavement. This is the National Forest boundary and the beginning of the Little Vasquez Trail.
Ride Little Vasquez Trail 200 yards to the intersection of Blue Sky Trail. Take a right on Blue Sky, cross the bridge, and proceed past Twin Bridges Trail. Gradually wind uphill over a rocky section. The trail ends at an intersection with a Denver Water Board road. At this point, you have two options to access County Road 159 and continue the loop.
Option 1: This is the more conservative and driest route. Ride straight ahead until you come to a 'T'. Turn right, cross over the creek, then turn right again at the next intersection (Big Vasquez Road). Continue down the road several hundred yards and turn left on County Road 159.
Option 2: Take the right fork, Vasquez Ford, and follow the road down to a creek crossing. Ride through this creek, (this is not advisable in early season as water may be up to three feet deep) and continue to the next intersection ( Big Vasquez Road). Turn left and ride uphill to the intersection with County Road 159. Turn right.
Ride up County Road 159. After a hearty climb, the road levels off. Look for D4 trail on the right. Turn right on D4. This is an exciting descent with winding curves and many rocks. The trail bounces you back onto Big Vasquez Road. Turn left here and follow this road back toward the town of Winter Park.
As you approach the National Forest boundary, Twin Bridges Trail descends to the right. Turn right and go downhill through several steep sections. Follow the trail around for a gradual climb. When you reach the hill crest, turn left and cross the bridge over Big Vasquez Creek. You are back at the beginning of the Blue Sky Trail. Turn left and finish the ride - a nice downhill back to town.
Directions from Winter Park: Start this loop on Vasquez Road from the parking garage near the south end of town.
Late Spring through Fall
(NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth.)