Also known as the "Happy Meal Loop," the Bismarck Dirty Loop was completed in 2011 with the addition of the Meadowlark Trail section. This trail is easily accessible by Colorado Front Range trail users and is an especially enjoyable mountain bike trail.
Although challenging in a couple short sections, in general the Bismarck Dirty Loop is not a very difficult trail for mountain bikers or hikers. Other than a couple low-traffic dirt road crossings, the trail is very safe and road-free.
There is also a longer version of this loop. Stay tuned for a forthcoming Everytrail Guide.
This loop trail is good for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and trail running. Portions of it are also excellent for cross-country skiing.
- You will definitely want a mountain bike for this trail. Road bikes, recumbents, and Trikkes would not perform well on this trail.
-Weekdays provide great experiences on this trail. Weekends can get a little busy, but not too bad.
- Keep your speed in check and use your front brakes in moderation on the couple steep portions of this trail.
- This trail is easily accessible from Boulder, Superior, and Louisville, Colorado.
- If you are accessing this trail from Denver or the airport, there is an RTD Park-n-Ride at McCaslin Boulevard and hwy. 36. This Park-n-Ride is very close to the trailhead in Old Town Superior.
- If you are coming from Louisville, CO, the Coal Creek Trail ties into the Dirty Bismarck Loop in Old Town Superior. (You will cross under hwy. 36 and McCaslin Blvd.
- Dogs are commonly seen walking their humans on these trails, but they must keep a leash attached to their human's hand at all times.