Garfield County bike trails: New Castle trails
April 10, 2018
Getting there: Just as the name suggests, this system of trails is in the heart of New Castle. There's plenty of parking at Alder Park. From US-6 in New Castle, head north (away from the interstate) on Castle Valley Boulevard. You'll stay on Castle Valley for 1.6 miles before turning right onto Alder Avenue. Remain on Alder for a half mile, when you'll reach the park.
Trail talk: The system offers 11 miles of fun, mostly at an intermediate level. Regardless of what's on your agenda, you'll start by taking Alder Park Connector to Colorow Trail Connector. Turn left for Stairway to Heaven or Colorow Trail West, or head right for Colorow Trail East. Then it's time to cut loose. And hey, the fun isn't limited to the three trails we've highlighted. Take the map and explore. Note that this Bureau of Land Management property is closed from Dec. 1 to April 15.
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Distance: 2 miles
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The dirt: The group New Castle Trails completed this one in 2017, and it quickly became an area favorite. You'll climb up through a number of switchbacks — a fun and twisty way to ascend. It's a great way to climb to other trails in the network; turn left for exploration, or a right to loop down Colorow Trail East. Stairway to Heaven is also a rip-roaring good time on the downhill — and less technical than the neighboring Colorow east and west trails.
COLOROW TRAIL WEST
Distance: 1.1 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate to difficult
The dirt: Want a serious workout? Get to climbing. This trail is a fun one to descend, as well, with its steep, rocky run. Watch out for hikers and dog walkers.
COLOROW TRAIL EAST
Distance: 1.1 miles
The dirt: This singletrack trail offers great views of New Castle. The trail is mostly smooth, but steep portions and switchbacks will challenge you. Watch out, also, for hikers and dog walkers.
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