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Indian Creek via Waterton Roxborough Loop

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

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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Latitude
39.49119182558044
Longitude
-105.09384155273438
Trail Directions
Take C-470 to Wadsworth Blvd. Head West to the Waterton Canyon Park parking lot..
Trail Length
30 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Littleton
   


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Review Date
June 19, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Shredmonkey ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deer Creek



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Review Date
May 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: lane field ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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Review Date
August 5, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: isaacstokes ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
May 31, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: aurora rider ,  Cross Country Rider

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

Recommended Route:
indian creek loop option to/from rox loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
this is the best.



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Review Date
October 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bill keiler ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mathews/Winters
Dinosaur ridge



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