Love this ride! It's a quickie from just north of Boulder up to Ward, rising 4,000 ft. in about forty-five minutes (leisurely.) There's an old grocery store there: Utica Market, which has pretty much what all little country stores have: Slim Jim's, soda, chips, many healthy juices (this IS Colorado . . .) hand knit alpaca hats,and a nice selection of Cold Steel tactical recon knives under the counter glass.
The road (oh, the ROAD!)is pretty twisty; there are some turns you can't take at more than 25mph but most of it is longer loping turns. The lower end follows Left Hand Creek then twists up to Ward. You meet Peak to Peak Hwy. there, and can go north towards Estes Park, or south towards Nederland (or pretty much straight up to Brainard Lake.)