The Denver-based Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA), Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) and IMBA Trail Solutions recently came together on an exciting collaboration to extend one of the Colorado Front Range’s most iconic trails. Dakota Ridge, a gnarly ridge-top traverse, is being pushed south to extend a challenging experience for mountain bikers that is already considered by many to be the most technically challenging natural trail on the Front Range.
To assist builders from COMBA and JCOS, Trail Solutions was brought in to help solve specific, high-level challenges. In addition to veteran Trail Specialist Joey Klein, Tyson Swasey was invited to lead the most difficult construction section. Swasey, who was one of the key builders for the Captain Ahab Trail in Moab, was asked to help with tricky rock sections. Using rock bars, a grip hoist and many shared decades of experience and skill, the group made the new section of trail look like it had been there forever. Riders will find that the extension matches the spirit of the existing trail: a rugged, toothy and gnarly experience that makes all the other area trails seem easy by comparison.