Distance: 5.3 km
Time: 30 min – 1.5 hrs
Elevation Gain: 55 m
Elevation Loss: 770 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: July – September
Permit Required: No
Choices is located in the New Denver area and is considered an advanced singletrack trail. The main trail follows an old mining track benchcut into the flank of Idaho Peak and it gets its name from the steep, gnarly trail options that run down between the switchbacks. The entrance to Choices is a steep chute running fast between a couple of tightly spaced trees. You’ve got to stay in control to make it safely through this first section and round the banked right-hand turn to where the trail mellows out. It’s a short descent, but there’s exposure and it gives you a good idea of how the gnarlier, fall-line options ride. One of these is called Spastic Colon, and the name gives you some idea of what you’re in for. If you keep an eye open, or ride with some local knowledge you’ll find these options as you descend and you can choose to take them if you want. The main trail switches back and forth at a mellow angle with a few challenging switchbacks to keep riders on their toes and some tighter sections where the forest is growing over the trail. New Denver has more trail than volunteers, so it can be hard for the trail crew to keep up.
When you get to the end of the trail there’s a decent sized drop down out of the trail. In 2013 it was clearly marked with orange flagging so you don’t ride off it accidently and there’s a mellower exit on the right. Check out the drop before you ride it, or take the more chilled route.
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TRAILHEAD | N49 59.890 W117 16.935
The trailhead is on the north side of the Queen Bess Spur. The trail drops in steeply, so it is hard to see more than the gap in the trees. Access it via Idaho Peak Road, by driving or riding up the road and turning right onto the Queen Bess Spur at the cut block intersection. Or you can ride down to it from Sundowner trail.
bikepirate rating: 4 Skulls
Access Choices via Idaho Peak Road, by driving or riding up the road and turning right onto the Queen Bess Spur. This Spur road is located in the large cut block. Idaho peak trails are generally shuttled. Not because you need a big bike, but because of the distance involved in riding up. Although the ride up is nice and for those that enjoy long hours in the saddle, this is a great option. You can ride up to Choices along the H Road to where the Queen Bess Spur meets the Idaho Peak Road, or you could ride up the Alamo, which also intersects with the Queen Bess Spur. This is a more challenging option.