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No Name trail in Waterton Canyon

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Like the Roxborough Loop or the Colorado trail to the Platte, you first have to pay your dues on the six-miles of gravel to the Dam. Don't whine about it, it goes by fast and it warms you up for what's ahead. Do the cruisy climb on the CT to the secong bench and then take the left like you're doing the Rox loop. Make the ascent to the very top where if you take the hard left you start the first downhill on the Rox but don't go there. Stop. Look around. Notice the trail that keeps going the straight up the ridge? The trail nobody ever takes and I shouldn't even be telling you about? Ride up that trail. The climb is doable cuz' I've done it but you won't say Waterton Canyon is easy anymore. When you get to the top you'll cruise along a very twisty singletrack over the ridgeline for a while and then start a short steep descent and come out at a T. There is a post there but it's unmarked. If you go left you go down what is more of a game trail than singletrack and it will eventually spit you out on a doubletrack where you'll soon pass an old loafing shed and cabin. Keep following the double track and soon you'll see where it loops back uphill or a singletrack drops down. If you take the singletrack you'll eventually come to a spot where it peters out. You're about 200-meters from connecting back the Rox loop. Take a map and know how to navigate or you'll be hating life getting back up the top on on the Rox loop. If you stay on the double track you're in for more climbing and it will spit you out in Sedalia. Remember back at the unmarked T? If you take a right you will be rewarded for your efforts with some beautiful singletrack - it goes to Larkspur. Do an out and back. Take food, take water, enjoy yourself and the fact that you'll probably not see anyone else back there. It's a great ride, the climbs are steeper than Deer Creek.
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Latitude
39.493476980445436
Longitude
-105.09255409240722
Trail Directions
Wadsworth south to Waterton Canyon parking area
Trail Length
many to many, many miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Roxborough
   


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Review Date
October 15, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Pete , from Denver

Summary:
This is a great trail with lots of options to add challenges. It is a technical trail in sections and requires expert bike handling skills. The total loop is around 28+ miles. Bring more water and food than you need and plan on enjoying the pain.

Recommended Route:
Waterton to lennys, left towards roxborough loop, stay right to continue climbing up the ridge. Drop down an stay right to follow along creek and cross twice. Climb back up to campground look for singletrack on left, climb until you get to a 4x4 road go left for a couple miles. Turn left at your second junction to connect with some excellent twisty trail with ramps to lead you back into roxborough state park. Connect with end of small rox loop and back on the road to the car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Everything but this trail really rocks!



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Review Date
October 13, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jason , from Highlands Ranch

Summary:
Let's talk about the loop that branches off of the Colorado Connection Trail (the trail from Lenny's Rest that heads east-southeast). All other indications are correct about meeting up with Indian creek trail. It's even marked so you'd have to not be paying attention to miss it. The climb up onto the ridge between Bear Creek and Steven's Gulch is a tough one but you can do it. Enjoy the view... it's well worth it. You'll drop abruptly into the gulch which is actually more like a tributary leading into Steven's Gulch. You at about 7000' elevation and about to drop deeper into the gulch. For reference look at Trails Illustrated Map #135 (Deckers Rampart Range) and you'll find the spot I'm talking about in grid section 33, upper right hand corner of the grid section. This is the site of OJV's unmarked post which is now marked but it only points toward Indian Creek campground. Continue to the left down into the gulch, hook up with an OLD road, pass the sheds, old cabins, another old road that curves up and off to your right to where you'll come to second spot where the road/singletrack begins to ascend. Look to your left (almost due north) and find what looks like a little used single track. This is your ticket back to the Rox loop... you just a few yards from completing the connection.

Recommended Route:
Via Waterton Canyon or Indian Creek Campground. Doesn't matter which direction you go if your not physically prepared.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I continued up the road from the bottom of Stevens Gulch and found a smattering of attempted single tracks but nothing that inspired enough confidence to plunge deeper into the backcountry without company and more informtion. If you do go exploring make your intentions well known. I almost got to spend the night!



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Review Date
September 27, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Bill , from Littleton, Co.

Summary:
Great trail through little used areas. The trail "tread quality" is high. Great views, particularly on the ridge ride section. Yeah, there's horse use-big deal! If you can't avoid a horse turd, you probably don't have adequate steering skills to do this ride. Nothing too technical, but long with occasional very steep climbs. The Indian Creek trail segment approaching Roxborough Park has some fine jump ramps. Bring a map and know how to read it. Many of the turns are signed, but some are not.

Recommended Route:
OJV's "No Name Trail" is just a segment of a recently completed loop called "Indian Creek Trail." I believe the US Forest Service recognizes it as an offical trail. The Indian Creek Trail is about a 15 mile loop that can be accessed from the south (as described by Timmy) or the north via the Waterton Canyon trail for a 29 mile mega ride. We started at Waterton Canyon, got onto Indian Creek Trail (follow OJV's route description to the "T", but then go right instead of left), rode the Indian Creek loop counterclockwise, and returned to Waterton Canyon via Roxborough connector.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Colorado Trail from Waterton Canyon- out and back.



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Review Date
December 27, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Timmy , from Castle Rock, CO

Summary:
From the Trailhead @ the Indian Creek camp ground head west down the gravel road about 1/2 mile to where you find the single track (there is a second trail on the right as you exit the parking lot, this is the return trail). Follow this trail along the creek for a couple miles. This is a great section of singletrack that snakes in and out of the trees complete with rocks, two creek crossings, off camber turns with water bars and the occasional horse stuff to bunny hop. shortly after the second creek crossing the trail will turn and head north up a good sized hill. When you come to a three-way at the saddle turn left and continue climbing (some dink stlole our sign). Follow this ridge until it connects with the Roxborough loop just past the saddle. Turn left and follow the loop until you reach the sign directing you toward roxborough Park. Turn right here climb until you reach the 4 way. at the 4 way turn right and follow the power lines. Here, the trail become sketchy in places, remember to follow the powerline. Here, you will find a couple of hike-a-bike sections as the singletrack has yet to be completed. After these sections the trail connects to a fourwheel drive road. follow this road about three miles until you find a tubular gate which is under construction. To the right there is a section of new single track that will drop you directly down to the parking lot after a couple of miles. This is a great trail that is still being constructed, and we need help finishing it. National trails day in June 2000 will likely be spent as a concerted effort between trail Conservation Services, the Parker-Elizabeth Riding Club and the Backcountry horsemen building the single track to bypass the two hike-a-bike sections. Any interested are welcome to contact me. A formal review of this trail including maps will be available at the TCS web site in the near future.
Trail Conservation Services

Recommended Route:
Welcome to the Indian Creek loop. This trail is best accessed from highway 67 at the Indian Creek Campground. It is an equestrian trail which is also open to other users, so it is important to pay attention to horse traffic. It can be ridden as an out and back incorporating the Roxborough loop, or as a loop (14 miles) and is best ridden clock wise (unless you like long climbs at the end of your rides).



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Review Date
October 6, 1999

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: netconglomerate , from englewood

Summary:
This trail really sucks and no one should try it. It is poaching and would not recommend that you try it due to the hermit with a shotgun at the bottom of the trail. Would recommend that MTBR delete from their database to avoid potential liability in the future.

Recommended Route:
Waterton to trail #1776 left at Roxborough 1/3 mile to 3 way intersection. Continue up the ridge and ride until you start to get nervous. Be quiet so you don't wake up the hermit hidden at the bottom of the first descent.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Yes there are plenty of trail but alot of hermits and trolls by the stream. Beware of cougars and black bears.



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