North Fork Canyon - Estes Park to Drake
The Cinnamon Roll Ride is ON! Online reservations are available for June-October, 2017. Please call for reservations in April - May. Thank you!
The Cinnamon Roll Ride!
Availability: May-October (weather permitting)
Difficulty of Ride: Easy
Length of Ride: 9 miles
Length of Trip: 2 - 2.5 hours
Meeting times: 1:30 pm
Meeting Place: New Venture Bike Shop
This beautiful canyon was the epicenter of the historic September, 2013 flood. As a result, the tiny hamlet of Glen Haven suffered heavy damage, but this hardy community is already rebuilding and reemerging. This ride allows you to witness the rebuilding of the quaint mountain town of Glen Haven, along with the fresh scars caused by the massive intensity of this natural event.
We begin our ride above a series of steep switchbacks, but you have the option of beginning just below them if you wish. Our first stop is in Glen Haven where we stop to enjoy the famous Glen Haven General Store cinnamon rolls when available (Memorial Day to mid-October) and enjoy the colorful local scene of this unique town. Despite the flood occurring in the recent past, the present now offers an exciting ride down a wildly beautiful canyon on a newly repaired road, ready with amazing scenery! And there’s always a chance we will see wildlife such as elk, bighorn sheep, or maybe even a bear.
Our ride ends at the confluence of the North Fork with the Big Thompson River, at the historic town of Drake. We then get back into the van and drive up the Big Thompson Canyon, returning to New Venture Cycling headquarters.