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Rist Canyon Road

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By laikaislost (10 McR Points) on Mar 27, 2015

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CO Wanderer
September 6, 2016
An exquisite gem of a road. Truly a road and not…
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September 6, 2016
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Written Directions

Just northeast of Fort Collins, CO is the town of Laporte. This route starts in Laporte where you want to take Rist Canyon Road which starts off of US 287B and heads west. Stay straight on the Rist Canyon Road until the end of the route when it dead ends after ~13 miles. By the way, if you take a right, the road will eventually lead you back to Poudre Canyon Road (highway 14) and back to 287 north of Fort Collins or if you instead take a left, there is another wonderful ride through the foothills ... this road will eventually dead end into highway 34.

Scenery

The road is through a mountainous canyon, so there are beautiful trees, gorgeous streams, frequent mountain wildlife, beautiful hidden valleys, and scenic ridges. A great example of northern Colorado's foothills and mountains.

Drive Enjoyment

Constant twisties throughout. Pavement is generally in good condition, but hazards exist. Loose gravel exists on some corners most of the year, and there are a few cattle grates to watch out for.

Tourism Opportunities

This short canyon ride has no amenities. However, it is close distance to the city of Fort Collins, Laporte, and Loveland should you need something.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

Unlike the first part of Highway 14, this road does not get heavy traffic on the weekends. As a starting leg for the walden loop, it is much preferred.

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CO Wanderer
September 6, 2016
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Motorcycle Type : Standard
An exquisite gem of a road. Truly a road and not a highway. Its easy to see how this road started as a horse and wagon route and has not been engineered into a high speed highway. Nice sharp switchbacks and turns. Low traffic on the road, every time I have ridden it, which is 6 or 7 times in the last 2 years. I prefer to go up the canyon and then take Stove Prairie Road north if I am heading up the Cache la Poudre Canyon to Walden. It also makes a good leg of a half day loop in the foothills. It doesn't have the great scenic views of some routes, but is a fun road that puts a smile on your face when you ride it.
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CO Wanderer
September 6, 2016
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Standard
An exquisite gem of a road. Truly a road and not a highway. Its easy to see how this road started as a horse and wagon route and has not been engineered into a high speed highway. Nice sharp switchbacks and turns. Low traffic on the road, every time I have ridden it, which is 6 or 7 times in the last 2 years. I prefer to go up the canyon and then take Stove Prairie Road north if I am heading up the Cache la Poudre Canyon to Walden. It also makes a good leg of a half day loop in the foothills. It doesn't have the great scenic views of some routes, but is a fun road that puts a smile on your face when you ride it.
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bluesv1k
July 31, 2016
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport
I rode this route twice this July (2016), The road was a great tour of the Cache la Poudre area. There were some burned areas from a 2014 fire, but it did not affect the entire area. There is a nice long curvy stretch running through the valley with a nice elevation change on the western end. At the western end, you can go right for a nice ride on Stove Prairie road north to SR14 on the Cache la Poudre River road. If you go left at the western end, you go through another nice valley and Stove Prairie. Your road becomes Buckhorn Road (CR27) and passes through Masonville before getting to US34 .

It was a fun road for my pocket rocket (CB300F) that I bring on my RV trips. That's why I rode it twice!
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