Red Rocks Park - Trading Post
This little shoulder summit is
easily the scenic high point on a ride around
Denver. It is crossed when following around the
outside western perimeter of Red Rocks Park. It is
located at the signed intersection: Trading Post
Road - West Alameda Parkway. The profiled route
follows the soutwestern most entrance to Red Rocks
Park. Along the way on the south side there is a
very small, but steep and beautiful climb between
the rock monuments of the park.
START-END EAST 1 ALT: shore of Bear Creek
Reservoir on north side.
2.(5750ft,mile03) START-END EAST 1:
Morrison: jct Co26 to I70 - Bear Creek
3.(5820ft,mile03) Red Rocks Trail Rd on
right is another lower access to Red Rocks
4.(5840ft,mile04) profile turns right up
Titans Rd, at entrance 3 to Red Rocks Park
5.(6250ft,mile04) small intermediate
6.(6180ft,mile04) profile stays turns left
on Trading Post Rd.
7.(6290ft,mile05) TOP: just before jct:
Trading Post Rd - Red Rocks Loop Rd and
dead end to upper access to amphitheater.
8.(6100ft,mile06) Red Rocks Loop Rd/ West
Alameda Parkway terminates on Co93, across
from road up Dinosaur Ridge.
9.(5750ft,mile07) START-END EAST - 2:
Morrison: jct Co93 - Bear Creek Canyon Rd
(same as point 2)
From South. In order to
start from a low point, the profile starts at a
picnic area on the north east shore of Bear Creek
Reservoir. From there the profile picks up the
often cycled, low traffic road inside the park to
Morrison. It then turns right at the Titan Road
entrance to the park.
Soon there is choice to remain on
Titan Rd on the left or turn onto Red Rocks Park
Rd on the right. The profile follows the left
fork. A few miniature switchbacks quickly climb up
towards the amphitheater entrance. This feels like
a summit at first. But after the next left turn
onto Trading Post Road, the profile goes just a
few feet higher. The highest point is at the jct
with Red Rocks Loop Rd. From here it's a short out
and back climb to the top entrance of the
amphitheater, not to be missed on a first ride
over this loop.
Another option is to stay right at the first fork
(Red Rocks Park Rd) and then take the next left
onto Trading Post Rd. This option often has less
traffic and is not as steep. The option of
not turning onto Trading Post Rd, and going
straight instead, is profiled on the Red Rocks
Loop Rd(sh) page.
Front Range hogback from highest point on
Trading Post Road, Red Rocks Park
From North. (described
downwards). A short downhill roll ends abruptly at
the junction with Co8. The profile turns
right and just goes back down to Morrison. But the
best way to continue after this small summit is to
cross Co8 and ride over Dinosaur Ridge. That point
is lower than the Red Rocks Park summit point.
Even when turning left east of Dinosaur Ridge, and
then crossing Rooney Road(sh), the Red Rocks Park
shoulder summit stays the highest point, and
Rooney Rd(sh) is just a shoulder point, ie the
climb from the east side of Dinosaur Ridge to
Rooney Rd(sh) is less than 300ft.
Denver Bicycle Touring Club on Trading
Post Rd in Red Rocks Park