Deer to Turkey to Bear Creek Loop

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get to this ride. The loop begins near the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison and follows a trio creeks–Deer, Turkey, and Bear–on a 42-mile tour of the Front Range foothills.

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I rode the loop clockwise, so I began by following the C-470 trail south until I reached Deer Creek. Here’s a shot of the hogback, a geological feature that more or less marks the end of the Great Plains and the beginning of the Rockies.
The climb into the foothills was mostly mellow, but there were a few steep pitches that burned my lungs and legs. On the final descent, along Bear Creek, you ride right past the colorful formations around Red Rocks.
Red Rocks

Seemed like there were more bikes than cars on the road during much of this ride. It was a good early season warm-up that didn’t require too much exertion, but it certainly got my heart pumping on the climbs. I’ll definitely come back to try some variations of the route.