Featured Ride: Tipperary Spruce Flume, Colorado

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This loop ride near Fraser, Colorado, offers a 13-mile tour of the edge of the Arapahoe National Forest and is easily accessible off the main highway if you want to stop and stretch your legs during a road trip, or want to sample some singletrack in addition to a downhilling trip at nearby Winter Park. There are plenty of options to both add significant mileage and to access this route by bike from downtown Fraser.

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Get your lungs ready, as this loop begins at 8,770 feet and tops out over 10,000 feet. It’s a mix of forested doubeltrack, narrow singletrack through alpine meadows, incredible mountain views and creekside riding. The altitude is the biggest challenge—the trails have a few rocky sections but nothing particularly challenging—so settle in to enjoy the views and fast, flowing descents.

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Photos courtesy of MTB Project.