Waterton Canyon - Trail, Waterton Canyon, Colorado

Waterton Canyon - Trail, Waterton Canyon, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

NASTY FLAT trail. Rolls a little uphill. Really pretty area... Canyon and biking right next to a roaring river. Bring a pole and go fishin'! 5.8 miles of flat, pebbly road and when you get to the huge DAM, the trail starts and goes uphill. There's a map at the Dam. Goes to Roxborough State Park.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 05, 2004]
Carcassone
Cross Country Rider

You all know about the dirt road so I'll say amen and move on. This review is coming from a father of 3 and guess how daring I am...not so. Take it for what it's worth and you'll know where I'm coming from. Begin the Roxborough loop in a counter clockwise loop. The climb is about 1.3 miles but feels much shorter. It isn't all that technical. Taking switchbacks wide help out a bit. Upon your first turn option take a left...to complete the loop always take the left routes. After your first left stay consistent and steady through the short and I mean short climbs that present some roots and rocks. Most of the route is much like a roller coaster with through trees. You'll find yourself on some fairly nice descents that are all but hard pack dirt. After your last left to finish the loop back to the DAM road. This is the most technical portion where you'll be descending on small rock inter mixed with some larger sporatic rock that doesn't come into play unless you're a kamikazee on the downhills. Do watch out for the tree in the middle of the trail on this last descent. I typically dismount my bike at the tree...you'll understand why. If you do decide to ride around the tree do so on the left.

Customer Service

Follow the path up the canyon, enjoy the scenery and enjoy the warm up. Take the loop counter clockwise and always make lefts for the Roxborough loop.

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4
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3
[Aug 07, 1999]
Patrick

it basically SUCKS! takes forever to get to singletrack and to have all the blasts!

Customer Service

I dont recommend this route unless u want to ride allDAY, and/or fish too.

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I RECOMMEND DEER CREEK CANYON PARK

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1
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[Aug 07, 1999]
Frog

But, hey! It's beautiful out there!!! A lot of gnats, though. Frogs like bugs.

Customer Service

Follow the trail and go West??? This trail is toooooo boring. It takes forever to get to the singletrack.

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Deer Creek!!!!

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2
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[Aug 09, 1999]
dave

I don't know why everyone is panning this ride. Once you get to the top, the trails are great. It's only about a 30 min ride to the top and it's a good warm up, as well as very scenic. Once you hit the single track, the loop is about 45 minutes. Awesome single track, killer climb, and it gets progressively more technical near the end of the ride. There are a couple sections that are very techincal, rocks, drops, etc, but nothing too extreme. If you don't do the loop, and you decide to ride over the top, it's the start of the 475 or so mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. Out and back and all super prime single track, switchbacks, creek crossings, everything. This trail connects up with the Buffalo Creek trails (but that would be about a 4-5 hour 1 way ride). Compared to Deer Creek, just a few miles away, you get: Way less people, groomed trails that aren't braking bumpville, less of an open space feel and more of a back country feel, longer climbs, longer descents. You know, now that I think of it, this place does suck. Ride at Deer Creek with everyone else. No reason to ride the CO trail out of Denver - nobody's there anyway. I give the loop 4 stars and the CO trail out and back 5 stars. This is actually one of my favorite rides. If you go to the Platte and back, from the parking lot, give yourself 6 hours. It's usually about 4 hours of ride time.

Customer Service

To the top on the gravel, straight (up) on the singletrack at the top. From the bench at the top, continue on to the Platte River townsite (4hours or so round trip), or take a left and climb a little more. This trail loops around back to Waterton Canyon. It is important to note that the trail to Roxborough is closed to bikes, as are all trails in Roxborough.

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5
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[Aug 13, 1999]
Porkchop

Right on, Dave (see below)! Waterton is clearly not the place to go if you're trying to get in a technical 1 1/2 or 2 hours after work. If you want an easy warmup/warmdown and low intensity climb, the Roxborough Loop is fine. The ride out to the Platte does provide an excellent faux-backcountry feel once you get to the top of the second major ridge past Strontia Springs. And plenty of hike-a-bikes ascending that ridge.

And to all you Deer Creekers (and I'm one too): 1) The volume is overwhelming that park's trails. The trails are really degrading fast. And the rebuilt areas are now quasi-paved. 2) Deer Creek Park is TINY. A two hour workout is 3 loops EACH of Red Mesa and Plymouth Mesa! I'm like, all dizzy by the time I get done. If NORBA is right about Short Track, I guess that's the future of the sport though, eh?

Customer Service

Ride to the top of the first ridge, go straight (not left to Roxborough), and descend the backside on Colorado Trail. Keep going all the way out until you descend the swithchbacks to the S. Platte. Along the way you'll push your bike up two sections of a really long, loose climb, portage sections of a motorcycle trail, and rip some great rolling singletrack. Then return. About 3 1/2 to 4 hours RT.

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4
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[Sep 01, 1999]
Gerry

The colorado all the way past the motorcycle trail is fun.

Customer Service

Same as above.

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Really does take along time to get to the trail. (And back.) Beautiful canyon so it was worth the trip.

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2
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[Feb 10, 2000]
Jeff

I get more exercise walking to the fridge for a can of beer. (or in my case pop) Trust me...it sucks for anyone under the age of 50. I guess it is kind of pretty but I am spoiled with that where I usually ride. (it is secret and I will not tell unless yu email me.) You wont be dissapointed Trust me

Customer Service

There is only one

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My secret one

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1
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[Apr 04, 2000]
Tim

This is a classic ride. At minimum if you do the Roxborough Loop, you are going to have a 17 mtn. bike mile ride (easily done after work). The start of the Colorado Trail rewards you with some of the best single track in Colorado. You can ride it to Durango (and soon Canada and Mexico) if so inclined. The epic ride is to Buffalo Creek and back (38 miles). You will climb three mountains and ford the South Platte River. EPIC! Lastly, becides the big horn, look for rattle snakes, dear and wild turkey.

Customer Service

The guy below me has no clue and is probably from Nebraska. Ignore him. The 6.5 mile gravel road is the only route to the real fun stuff. Think of it as a warm up/warm down. There are no auto's allowed and there is a herd of Big Horn's which are visible all the time if you know where to look. About 1/3 of the time they are on the gravel road. Enjoy it!!!

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White Ranch

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5
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[Sep 26, 2000]
Lampitt

What a bunch of freakin' whiners! Waaaaaa.... it's too long, it's too flat, I get bug's in my teeth, etc. You guy's sound like a bunch of coasters to me... not even willing to earn your single-track but would rather have it handed to you.

Work for it you pigs!

Customer Service

Same... back to the single-track loop and/or beyond

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Continuing on the Colorado Trail down to the Buffalo Creek area, Indian Creek Trail, Bear Creek Trail.

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5
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[Nov 11, 2000]
Sean

This trail rocks!! Buff singletrack, and super technical motorcycle trails if you have the guts. Turn it into an epic, go to buffalo creek before turning around.

Customer Service

I recommend at least taking the colorado trail to the S. Platte and back. The longest out-and-back I have done is to the Buffalo Creek trailhead and back. You can go even further if you want. The road should not be looked at as boring, it is a good warm-up. Besides, anyone who is in shape should be able to rip out the road section in about 15 minutes, you can tolerate anything for 15 minutes. For something fun and a little dangerous, on the way back, after climbing out from the S. Platte, at the end of the up-and-down section, go left on motorcycle trail 692. Drop your seat and prepare for the gnarliest downhill on the front range. Then when you hit the CT go left back to your car. Try not to drill your head into a tree on the motorcycle trail.

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Try linking Mt. Falcon, Matthews Winters/Morrison Slide, Dakota Ridge, Green Mtn, and Apex all into one ride. It is a religiuos experience.

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5
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