Indian Creek via Waterton Roxborough Loop - TRAIL

Indian Creek via Waterton Roxborough Loop - Trail, Littleton, Colorado

A 30 mile loop that includes the Waterton Canyon Fire Road, up to Colorado Trail through Roxborough trail and Indian Creek. Pass Lenny's bench on Roxborough and follow to intersection at Indian Creek. Youll see the trail go up a hill to the right.. It is a very scenic but nice grind the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Some good long climbs nothing to technical and a sweet downhill heading back towards Wateron/Roxborough loop.. If you have never been back there go with someone who has or bring a map. There are two 4 way intersections that can get you lost so be sure to have lots of water and clif bars during the summer.. Not super technical but a lot of fun. Not for someone who is gonna have trouble with a 30 mile grind.

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Shredmonkey   Weekend Warrior [Jun 19, 2014]

What a ride! 27 miles at about 4 1/2 hours. This description is for the counterclockwise route which was recommended.
So the ride starts out with about 6 1/2 miles of a slight incline dirt road up Waterton Canyon, there is beautiful scenery the whole way. Just passed the impressive strontia Springs dam is the start of the Colorado Trail. After around 2 miles of solid climbing and switchbacks you'll come to the second bench ( Lenny's bench) you'll see and a sign for the Indian Creek Loop pointing towards the left, follow it. After a quick up-and-down you now link up with the Indian Creek Loop Trail, hang a right. The next mile or so is a steep loose climb to the top of a ridge. Congratulations, except for a few spots the worst of the climbing is over.
From the ridge you drop down into Bear Creek gully which you will spend the next three or so miles climbing out of until you reach the parking lot at highway 67. You will pass a water spigot here if you need it. Follow the dirt road for a brief moment and right before the restrooms the trail continues up to the left for your final 1 mile climb to the top. You've made it to the top when the singletrack Connects with a dirt road going north, unfortunately that dirt road is the Indian Creek Loop. Follow the fast but uneventful dirt road downhill for about 3 miles until you reach the powerline tower. Here you will be funneled write down some nice wooded singletrack that can get pretty tight at times. Next you will come to a wide trail intersection where you should hang a left and prepare for some high speeds and some big rollers that can really send you if you're not careful. This continues for a couple miles until you reach a meadow where the trail begins to get very narrow then turns left back into the trees for a short climb. When the trail starts to descend again it gets a little technical with some rocks and some drops but nothing major. Soon there is intersection where you have to decide to hang a left and continue climbing back up the Indian Creek Loop to complete the full 30 miles and exit the way you came in by Lenny's bench and the Colorado Trail or continue straight down the singletrack which takes you down to the dirt road next to the damn shaving about 3 miles off the ride.
And then of course the 6 miles on the dirt road back to the parking lot.

Customer Service

Counter-clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Deer Creek
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lane field   Weekend Warrior [May 21, 2007]

as of 5-20-07 this trail if ridden from Waterton counter clockwise is closed right now due to a huge "blow down". We missed the 8x10 piece of paper stating that fact at the beginning of Waterton Canyon. From the intersection to the Homestead descent(Steven's Gulch)to Indian Creek campground was devestated by wind and there are 100 ft trees uprooted every 50 feet for those 2 miles. It will take a massive effort with horses and chain saws to clear this mess and it could take quite awhile. The trail from Indian Creek campground back by way of Roxborough is rideable for the most part.

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isaacstokes   Cross Country Rider [Aug 05, 2006]

Well this is quite a mack daddy ride.

Mega, mega workout as described here (also good specific description can be found on singletracks.net).

I guess I would just add that somehow this trail felt like it had more up than down. An impossiblilty, but never a good feeling.

Don't get me wrong this is an EPIC trail. Just might be better in the clockwise direction?... kept getting the feeling that there must be a better way.

Speaking of which the way is well marked. And there is NOBODY out there. Saw 3 other riders, and 4 horses in 25+ miles. Always a big bonus. The big drawback out the route it that once you finally top out... and man is it a looong climb... you lose quite a lot of elevation on the fire road descent. It's a great fire road, but a road none the less.

There are a ton of forks so maybe someone will, or has, figured out a better route? If so, I'd love to see some info here on it!

Don't get me wrong, everyone should do this ride. It has some wicked sustained doable climbs, beautiful scenery along the creekside, wildlife, etc. However, I ended up feeling like I just checked it off my Colorado epic list, and won't go back. Too many other rides to hit up that might be somewhat more pleasureable? The descent just didn't seem that much more sweet than the standard Waterton ride, which has 5x less climbing! Hmmm...

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aurora rider   Cross Country Rider [May 31, 2004]

this is the sweetest singletrack i have ever ridden.lots of climbs,smooth as butter descents,deep,deep in the woods.

Customer Service

indian creek loop option to/from rox loop.

Similar Products Used: this is the best.
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bill keiler   Cross Country Rider [Oct 12, 2003]

Coming from the NE I wanted my brother to show me a trail that represents what colorado mountain biking is all about. Boy did he, LONG climbs, good fast singletrack, LONG FAST downhills with some tricky technical thrown in too. It was a lot of fun and I would recommend it to anyone who is new to the area (be sure to go with someone who knows the trail).

Similar Products Used: Mathews/Winters Dinosaur ridge
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3
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OJV   [Jun 22, 2003]

I'm not sure if Vince is talking about the whole Indian Trail loop of if he's just talking about riding the ridgeline and then descending past the old homestead to hook back up to the Roxborough loop of the Waterton Canyon. If the later is the case, then it only adds a few miles onto the Waterton/Roxborough loop, bringing the total to about 20 miles. If you ride the Indian Creek Trail all the way out to the IC campground and return, you might bump the distance to 30, but I don't think it's quite that long.

The Roxborough Loop of Waterton Canyone has been well documented as has the Indian Creek trail. If you want to do a long loop, take the Indian Creek trail out to the IC campground. As you ride past the lower campground where the trail will spit you out, ride over to the big parking lot, just before you get there, you'll see a single track trail on your left that climbs away from the gravel road. Take this trail and climb for a while before you start doing a nice little traverse through the trees. You have some rollers in here and some fun obstacles. Eventually you'll come out on a fire road. Descend down the fire road (fast, fast, fast) and you'll soon hook back up to another piece of single track (it's marked as Indian Creek). This single track is wild with lots of jumps, one with a really nice and long tranny. This trail will take you to the Powerline trail and you'll climb a bit and then descend some more.

The Powerline trail will take you through a big grassy meadow and soon you'll be making the short climb but up to the backside of the Roxborough Loop. You'll tie into the Rox Loop at the T, where you start the last descent and you'll be coming in from the Roxborough Park/Carpenter Peak side. Descend down the Rox Trail and you're back in Waterton Canyon.

This is a great loop, plan on it taking around 4-hours to do, total distance is about 30-32 miles. IMHO, this is the best loop trail close in to Denver and is better than the Waterton to the Platte and return. The trail has a bit of everything, from grinding climbs to super fast descents with technical bits thrown in to keep you on your toes and more than a few opportunities to get some big air.

Customer Service

Waterton Canyon to Lenny's Rest, left to the Roxborough Loop, climb to the top, at the intersection, keep going straigh up the hill, bypassing the start of the descent on the Roxborough Loop. Ascend to the top of the ridge line (tough climb) and then traverse the ridge to the descent. At the bottom of the short descent, you'll come to a T. If you turn left, you'll descend past the old homestead. Just past the homestead, you'll see a trail cutting back to the left. This trail will lead you back to the Roxborough Loop.

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