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Lyons Back, Columbine, Cathy Johnson Trail

Lyons Back, Columbine, Cathy Johnson Trail


Page Type: Trail

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.55277°N / 105.12892°W

Trail Type: Cross Country

County: Jefferson

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Medium

Layout: Point to Point

Elevation Gain: 200 ft / 61 m

Length: 3.0 Mi / 4.8 Km

Route Quality: 
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Page By: jeremyhakes

Created/Edited: May 12, 2010 / May 12, 2010

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This trail intersects off of Coyote Song (ridden in conjunction). It is probably the best trail in this Open Space Park. It can be ridden in either direction; ridden north, you can pick back up with KCOS trails to the north, or Coyote Song or Valley View trail. Ridden south, you intersect Deer Creek Canyon Road, and then have to ride on the road west to the parking lot.

Lyons Back and Columbine are some of the finest singletrack in Jeffco - very fun, very narrow, and a delight. Some good climbing, too - you will feel the effort, although they are short.

Trail Description

Nice sandy singletrack. The west face of Lyons Back has some nice rock ledges (steps), which are fun in either direction. Columbine is somewhat steep, slightly sandy, and twisty, with a few water bars to overcome. The Cathy Johnson Trail is really a fire access road (they do controlled burns in the area), and thus not much "fun", but provides good access.

Getting There

Ride Deer Creek road from the S. S.V.O.S. east to the Cathy Johnson TH. Or ride Coyote Song north from the parking lot to the west side of Lyons Back. Or ride from the north lot to the north side of the Cathy Johnson Trail, then ride south on the CJT, turn right (west) to Columbine and then down Lyons Back.

When to Bike

This trail dries sooner than most trails in the area due to its significant sun exposure (very little shade), and the sandy consistency of the track. That said, hot summer days in the sun can be exceptionally brutal, and thus not recommended during peak heat hours.