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4.41 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.41
21 Reviews

Peak to Peak Highway

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Aug 01, 2007

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Guest
June 22, 2010
This ride was a 9+ at least! Words do not do this…
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pods
July 21, 2017
2017. Having ridden Estes Park thru Big Thopson…
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Written Directions

There are several starting points all along the route. You can start at Highway 6 in Golden through Black Hawk, Golden Gate Canyon in Golden, Highway 72 east of Arvada in Clear Creek Canyon, Left Hand Canyon in Boulder, Boulder Canyon or even Highway 7 coming out of Lyons. Each one of these roads travels west and connects with the Peak to Peak. You can move through the casinos of Black Hawk, the town of Nederland or start in Boulder. Any way you choose will provide an amazing run. Going from South to North you will eventually come out in Estes Park Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road.

Scenery

Depending on which canyon you start with you will go through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery close to the Denver-Metro area. The National Scenic Byway Program describes the Peak to Peak Highway as "The showcase of the Front Range. Less than an hour from Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins, this 55-mile-long route provides matchless views of the Continental Divide and its timbered approaches. The string of popular attractions along the way - Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Eldora Ski Resort - combine recreation with nature preservation. The gravel roads criss-crossing the main highway lead to high-country lakes, trailheads, campgrounds, the Moffat Tunnel's east portal, and ghost towns at Hesse and Apex. Established in 1918 this is Colorado's oldest scenic byway."

Drive Enjoyment

The roads will have some sand in the early spring but overall quality is quite good.

Tourism Opportunities

Several stops along the way to take pictures, take in the scenery or stop for a bite and drink. Take a run past several of Colorado famous 14'ers! One of our favorite stops is the wonderful town of Ward. John plans to retire and become Mayor there. Their 4th of July parade is not to be missed!

Motorcycle Road Additional info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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Guest
June 22, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
This ride was a 9+ at least! Words do not do this ride justice. You have to ride it to believe it. I met nice peolpe along the way and the sights were spectacular. All of the meadows were in bloom with wild flowers, blue skies and puffy clouds. Very nice variety of twisties mixed with long sweeping and tight quick corners.
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pods
July 21, 2017
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
2017. Having ridden Estes Park thru Big Thopson Canyon the night before, a busy Friday, and wanting to get down to Mount Evans I entered via Hwy 7 and Lyons. The road never stops curving, rising, and dropping, easy to ride at a good pace though. Views are great in the high country, traffic not bad for a Saturday. Well worth the ride.
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skutertrash
August 22, 2014
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
This is an amazing ride right from the start! Breathtaking views and an amazing road! Stopped in Nederland for lunch. Ended up trapped by an afternoon storm, good food but not real friendly. Got the hint that hippies don't like bikers. Probably still over the Hells Angels kicking their ass out in Cali in the 60's!
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