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Waterton Canyon

Average Rating:    (3.36 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

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.
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Latitude
39.49013201812018
Longitude
-105.09384155273437
Trail Directions
Take C-470 to Wadsworth and follow the signs to South to Waterton Canyon. The parking lot is on the left and the trail is on the right, across from the parking lot.
Trail Length
approx 15+/- miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Waterton Canyon
   


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Review Date
March 5, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Carcassone ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
May 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mafoo , from Winter Park

Summary:
Yeah, it's a fairly boring ride, but you can get some mileage on the wheels. Also, there are some great trails off the Waterton Trail. If you've ridden that far you might as well ride the Rox Loop back to the Waterton Trail.



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Review Date
June 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Scott , from Boulder

Summary:
The only part that sucks is that you have to ride 4 miles to get to a trail that isn't really that long considering the road you ride to get there. My ass got really sore just riding that far. It's an okay ride, but not all that. Pretty enclosed in the woods. Not very difficult. YOu can middle chainring 75% of the loop.

Recommended Route:
Went right at the dam



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Review Date
June 12, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Kenny , from Littleton, CO

Summary:
I think this area is underrated, which is fine for me since it means less crowds. Most people just stay on the gravel road that goes to the dam. Past that you won't run into a lot of crowds except maybe on the weekends. Also there are a lot of unknown optional trails that are hardly used. You can ride all the way out to Indian Creek campground for a nice long 3-4 hour ride. Also since this connects to the Colorado trail you can ride pretty much as long as you want and connect to many other trails. There has been continuous trail building in this area for the past few years and there is nice set of trails starting to develop between Roxborogh state Park and Indian Creek campground.

Recommended Route:
Take the dirt road 6 miles up past the dam, from here the trail goes up hill and climbs about 800' in about 1.5 miles. Take the Roxborough loop at the top of Lenny's Rest for some pretty nice down hill singletrack, some slightly technical spots make this a fun ride. Multiple loops are great for training.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deer Creek, Apex, Dakota Ridge/Matthew Winters, Mt Falcon, etc.



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Review Date
April 27, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: C , from Denver (DTC)

Summary:
quite a long stretch (5 miles) to get to the singletrack loop, good warm up/cool down & nice scenery though. the singletrakc loop is tons of fun. heavily wooded, gets pretty shady in there though. not too technical, can get some speed going though some sections, not as crowded as other front range trails (the singletrakc part)

Recommended Route:
5+ mile of dirt road to the dam then hit the singletrack loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
falcon, apex, deer creek



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