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.
Summary: 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.
Recommended Route: 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.
Review Date April 29, 2012
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 4 of 5
Technical Difficulty 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
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Reviewed by: Dan
Cross Country Rider
Summary: 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.
Recommended Route: 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!
Summary: 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.
Recommended Route: 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.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Centennial Cone, Buffalo Creek, Mt. Falcon/ Bear Creek trail loop.
Summary: 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.
Recommended Route: 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.
Other recommended trails in the same area: White Ranch has been my favorite so far, followed by Heil to Hall with Hall favored over Heil
Summary: 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.
Recommended Route: 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.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Waterton Canyon