Indian Creek - Trail, Sedalia/Castle Rock, Colorado

Indian Creek - Trail, Sedalia/Castle Rock, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

Only 20 minutes from Castle Rock, this is a great ride without having to drive too far! Start out from just downhill of the rest room (south?), and grab the single track to your right, which winds up from 7600 (T/H) to 7900 over about 1.5 miles. From there, hang a left onto forest road double track, open the suspension, and ride out the ruts, bumps, and jumps for a couple of miles and perhaps a thousand feet of drop. You'll come up on the only unmarked and confusing part of this trail in a mile or so where one double track doubles back and drops into the valley, another heads into the shadows, and a third bears right. Take the rightmost of these 3 options, and you're on your way! Back into some newly cut (10/28/02) single track in a couple of miles, and more descending before connecting w/ the Roxborough and CO trails. Be prepared for some nice rolling jumps along the highlines. Most of the toys in this playground are below 6500 ft, but save some energy for the climb back to 7600, which is abrupt and demanding once you leave the CO trail. Once above 7000, the views are sweet, and you'll find some loose sand and a few technical challenges. I rode on an aggressive tread, but would recommend a semi-slick with an aggressive sidewall - the trail is mostly dry (October), fairly well packed, and you'll appreciate a lighter, better rolling tire on the climbs.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 09, 2012]
john
Weekend Warrior

Great loop, but somewhat disorienting in the hills. I followed the signs for the #800 trail (well signed throughout) but still wound up in Waterton Canyon and back on the Colo trail. That added about 4 or 5 miles to the description in my trail book. A worthy ride, but the length can be deceiving. A little bit of everything on this ride.

Customer Service

went counter-clockwise on #800 starting from Indian Creek campground (begin trail by parking lot privy) and both started and finished with an uphill. Next time I'll do clockwise (starting from back of equestrian campground), just to begin and end with a downhill.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 29, 2012]
Dan
Cross Country Rider

This is the best trail on the Front Range. The climbs are NOT easy, but the decents & scenery are epic. The entire "big" loop will take about 3 hours, but there is an alternative inner loop that takes about 2 to 2.5 hours (Steven Gulch). With the remote location of the trailhead, you won't see many others during the entire ride...which is nice, but plan accordingly and come prepared.

Customer Service

I've ridden this for 7 years, and can confidently say that the best route is counter clockwise beginning uphill on the singletrack that begins nearest the toilets at the main parking lot. (Both loops can be ridden this way.) You can always do an "out and back" and end your ride with a downhill too. Be sure to stop by the Sprucewood, Buds, or the Sedaila Grill when you're done....you will want a cold beer!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 21, 2010]
mdonegan
Cross Country Rider

This trail has everything. Sweet smooth single track, water crossing, technical sections, open meadows and wildlife. The 800 trail will take you 3 hrs+ depending on your ability. There are many trail options and you rarely see other riders on week days. Be prepared for horses and hikers on the weekends.

Customer Service

Clockwise is the best way!! We parked up on Rampart Range moto cross parking lot and biked down to the road. Instead of going all the way down to the main parking trail head, you can go about 100 ft. down CO 57 and hang a right on a the national forest access road. Go around the gate and climb for about 1.5 miles to the top. From here go left and begin the 800 trail. The single track here is so sweet. At the bottom go right and head to the Horse Camp sites. Enjoy the decent until your second stream crossing with some nice technical sections in the mix. Now it is up for about 1.5 miles before you drop into the Waterton/ Roxboro area. Now it is the long haul out. You will pass through an awesome meadow on your way to Roxboro. This is just a steady climb, not a total grind. Cant wait to do it again.

Similar Products Used:

Centennial Cone, Buffalo Creek, Mt. Falcon/ Bear Creek trail loop.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 17, 2010]
enso
Cross Country Rider

This system is a must, and very different than other "front range" trails because a lot of it is heavily forested and lush. Lots of fast flowing downhill to get you started, with lung busting ups at the end to leave you stronger next time.

Pretty much non-technical, this is a ride for those who like to go fast with small drops here and there, and who have stout legs to climb back out.

Customer Service

I like to end with a downhill, and this can be done:

Follow the recommendations at the top of the page to get started. Stay on trail 800 until you come to a split just after the power-line section (7.9 miles in). There is a sign here that says a left turn is 2.2 miles to the Colorado trail. Take the left.

This is a more flowing remote path than going straight and dropping down to Waterton to climb to Lenny's rest - I have done both and personally like this better. You will ride for 1.5 miles and then take your first left on "Roundup" - it is unmarked, but the first left and heads up hill.

At the top of this climb, you will hit a familiar fire road - the section of 800 you went down towards the beginning of the ride. Hang a right (uphill) and back track - this allows you to end on a downhill back out to your car.

Similar Products Used:

White Ranch has been my favorite so far, followed by Heil to Hall with Hall favored over Heil

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 26, 2008]
rearrango
Cross Country Rider

This is some great riding. Twisting singletrack and old logging roads. The best part of this ride is there are no motorized vehicle allowed in this part if the forest. They stay south of Hwy. 67. Nice.

There are many options around here and they all involve some solid climbing followed by some solid descending or vice-versa depending on the route. Not a lot of people ride from the Hwy. 67 side, so usually there a few riders around.

Customer Service

Park in the dirt lot on the southeast corner of Rampart Range Rd. and Hwy. 67. You'll have a little climbing but you don't have to shell out USFS day use fees at Indian Creek. About a quarter mile west of the parking area is another parking area and the access to the old logging road that starts the Indian Creek system and winds around and above the campground. From there there are many options to choose from.

All involve climbing and descending. You can eventually get over to Waterton Canyon and the Colorado Trail, if you are ambitious.

Similar Products Used:

Waterton Canyon
Colorado Trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 26, 2008]
Slayer45
Weekend Warrior

I've ridden this trail twice. There are many options up there. From a quick 30 min loop to a 3 hour lung buster. Link in to the Waterton Canyon Network, Roxborough State Park, and the Colorado Trail for endless miles of fun. Mostly single track with some double track, forestry service roads, and North Shore obstacles.

Customer Service

For a quick loop (approx 4 miles) head up hill from the parking lot (pay your $4 or might get a ticket). Once you get to the intersection of Indian Creek #800 and Swallow Tail Ridge take a sharp left and start your descent back to the parking lot. Tight single track winds down racing through dense trees and leads back to your starting point.

Now that your warmed up get ready for the long haul (14.5 miles). Descend from the parking lot heading down the forestry service road. Where the road ends you will find your first sign for Indian Creek #800. Continue your descent into the forest. The trail quickly adjoins with Bear Creek and presents a slightly rocky section as you near the bottom.
Some time later...(I think I passed out) At the intersection of Waterton Canyon and Indian Creek head right. Of Course another climb. Continue following the signs for Indian Creek #800. The trail is well marked so trust what you see. There are amazing runs through heavily vegetated forests and wide open parks. Take a picture at the old ruins of an early cabin.

GET OUT AND RIDE!

Similar Products Used:

Deer Creek (more technical rock sections)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 02, 2007]
ColoMtnBiker
Cross Country Rider

I've been riding this trail for the past few years, sometimes parking near the Indian Creek campground and other times catching it from Waterton canyon if I feel like doing the Waterton 12 (12 miles of flat dirt road riding). The Indian Creek trail measures about 14.5 miles on my GPS and just over 3,000 vertical feet. It's a great ride but you need to be in pretty good shape because there is some very steep climbing. I would ride this loop twice and each loop would take me about 2:15-2:30. By the end of the second, I would be in the "why did I think this would be fun" mental state.

The truth is, this trail is a ton of fun. While above Roxborough State Park before dropping back onto the Colorado Trail, the trail is windy and in dense forest with ferns and moss which is not typical for the Colorado Front Range, and then turns steep and loose which does require some intermediate handling skills.

Once on the Colorado Trail/Waterton canyon rode, it's a nice climb back to Lenny's Rest and then on to the Roxborough Loop. Once you turn off of that to get back onto the Indian Creek trail, get ready for 4-5 very steep lung-busters. Great way to measure your actual max heartrate. Save a bit of energy to make it back to the parking lot as there is more climbing once you reach the perceived top.

Customer Service

As described in the trail overview.

Similar Products Used:

Deer Creek, Mt Falcon/Parmalee Trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 21, 2007]
Georgesb2
Weekend Warrior

I just did this trail alone on 21 June, 2007. I did it entirely based upon the reviews here.
My first impression was, “WOW, this is the best rolling and swooping single track ever !” It went on and on, endlessly. The views as you swoop by make me think of the views one might get in the deep woods of Vancouver or something. I was so happy floating down, down, down, swooping. My smiles must have been as large as all of Colorado. On and on and on it went. Wow. I loved the manmade water bar or humps that come into play later on. You can hit them fast and get all the air you can take. What joy. You’d think they were made just for our mountain biking airtime enjoyment. But I knew I had to pay back sometime. No free lunch. When I came out to the dirt road, I thought well this s#$*ks having to climb a dirt road out in the full sun in the HOT summer, but after all, I do have to pay for my fun. That dirt road was actually nothing. What killed me was the final climb home to the Indian Creek trail head. I should have brought a light weight racer or a motor. I had a heavy weight all mountain. That killed my under-conditioned legs. It seemed to climb way too long for me. So a warning to all you “intermediate” types that don’t have the cardio to do the Alps, you will love the ride down but will pay (or enjoy if you really love climbs) on the ride back. But it is worth it. I did the entire big Fire Road 800 or the Indian Creek trail. It’s about a 4 hour ride. For me I call that epic. Still, I’ve ridden a lot back East and done some of the great trails in Vermont Kingdom and this is definately all over that, though it reminds me of that. Finally, with trails like that to choose from, we are very blessed to be here on the Front Range of Colorado !

I didn't find anything here particularly "technical", rather it was just good fun. Cario wise it was a challenge for my fat butt. There were difficult bits on the long steep climbs that might be technical just because you are too tired by then.

Great trail !

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 23, 2006]
TeacherBiker
Cross Country Rider

Diet Indian Creek is an alternative when you have a time crunch. Fit cyclist should do it in under an hour and a half. It is the traditional counterclockwise Indian Creek with a twist: a blazing singletrack shortcut and a grunt climb out. Add a singletrack section (Diet with Lime) for even more ball-busting fun.

Customer Service

There are 50+ permutations of the Indian Creek ride. If you're short on time (1.5 hrs) I would do Diet Indian Creek. Starting at the Rampart Range Road parking lot (NOT the Equestrian lot down the hill), I would travel about 50 feet down the hill and take the pull-off parking lot to the right. Moving toward the forest you'll pass through a metal gate and onto some wide singletrack/merged doubletrack. Ride this meandering up-and-down for a while until you come to the intersection of Indian Creek and Ringtail. Ringtail will be described another time. At any rate, stay on Indian Creek for about another 1/4 mile. At a corner unbelieveably similar to the ringtail intersection, hang a left into the forest. You'll descend a bit until you come to a singletrack drop about 1/4 mile in. That singletrack will weave you through some dense forest, and at time you may have to lift your bike over a fallen tree. You'll T-bone into the return loop of Indian Creek at some point; take a left. You'll cross a creek and then have to grunt up a long uphill. Then it's back to the equestrian parking lot and a little asphalt climb to your car. An alternate route (Diet Indian Creek with Lime) is to ride from your car down the asphalt to the Equestrian lot. Then take the singletrack that starts right next to the John up into the forest where it will eventually meet up to the trail described above AT RINGTAIL! Then follow as described.

Similar Products Used:

Roxborough loop, Colorado Trail from the South Platte Trailhead.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 11, 2006]
illcomm33
Cross Country Rider

This was a really fun trail. Good lung-busting climb and the end of the ride and starts with a super fast descent that seems to go on forever. Great views with plenty of dense forest riding. (ruts, jumps, tight singletrack to name a few) Whoever "cut" the trail should be given an award as it flows extremely well. ** THIS TRAIL WILL TAKE LONGER THAN YOU EXPECT! ** Watch for clouds as we started late and got hailed.

Customer Service

We did this trail clockwise. Save yourself $4 and park up the road at the Rampart Range Road intersection. Ride down the road or washed out single-track (thanks for nothing moto's) Once you get to the Indian Creek trailhead start climbing on the single-track right behind the outhouse. Follow the route as described at the beginning of this review. As of 9-10-06 the trail was marked extremely well so just follow the signs.

Similar Products Used:

Green Mountain (just off C-470 @ Morrison), Mt. Herman

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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