Jamestown

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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2h
Distance
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26.0 km
Elevation
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387 km
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Panorama on Jamestown road biking route near Boulder, Colorado

A popular variation to the longer Left Hand Canyon, the bike ride to Jamestown takes some of the best parts of Left Hand Canyon and continues up to a sleepy mountain town nestled in the heart of the mountains. Jamestown is a small, historic town worth a visit on its own, but combined with a great ride makes a perfect day out in Boulder.

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Route Description for Jamestown

The road bike ride to Jamestown takes some of the best parts of Left Hand Canyon and continues up to a sleepy mountain town nestled in the heart of the mountains. The bike ride begins in the flats of Boulder Valley along Left Hand Canyon Dr., a newly paved road with a nice wide shoulder. Left Hand Canyon gradually climbs out of Boulder Valley along a curvy canyon road that follows the path carved out by Left Hand Creek. You will be surrounded by tree covered mountains as you ride through sections of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest.

The road becomes steeper as you continue to climb towards Jamestown. At a junction in the road, turn onto James Canyon Dr. This scenic road follows along Little James Creek, and becomes steeper the closer you get to Jamestown. As you ride into Jamestown, you will cycle down the main street with the Jamestown Mercantile being the traditional stopping point. Turn around and head back down the canyon the way you came.

Insider Hints for Jamestown

Getting to the Jamestown Trailhead

From Boulder, head north on US 36 towards Lyons. The entrance to Left Hand Canyon will be on the west side of US 36. Parking is along the road at the beginning of Left Hand Canyon Dr.

Route Information

  • Type of Ride

    Single-day

  • Re-supply points

    Jamestown Mercantile

  • When to do

    Year Round

  • Toilets

    Jamestown Mercantile

  • Level of Car Traffic

    Moderate

  • Road Type

    Shared roads with cars

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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