Waterton Canyon

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.81 out of 5
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Beginner
17
miles

Fire Road
↑ 700 ft
↓ 600 ft
5,511
elevation (ft)

Lariat
Trail Description
About this trail
This is really two different trails. The first, the Waterton Canyon trail, is a wide gravel road that gradually climbs along the S. Platte River. This is a nice place to ride with the family and get some fishing in. The second trail is the Colorado Trail loop. This trail starts at the end of the gravel road, about 6 miles from the parking lot. Take this loop counter-clockwise and be sure to take a look at the map at the trailhead before you get started. This trail has a ton of switchbacks but it is all totally rideable. Lots of trees and very well maintained singletrack. This loop has a good bit of climbing (especially compared to the first 6 miles on gravel road). You'll probably climb a little over 1000 feet on this loop. A great workout and a very fun and scenic trail.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ June 18, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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A: Singletracks has a topo map for Waterton Canyon but you'll need to subscribe for access (earn just 30 contribution points to subscribe or purchase instant access). If you don't need a full blown topo, the CO Trail Foundation has a simple map of the trails around the Waterton Canyon area here: http://www.coloradotrail.org/forms/Seg1Map_Singletrack_Dogs.pdf

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Reviews (38)
 

Gnarly


May 2, 2016
chefmark Gnarly  
 
Review: Great views the whole way. The first six miles are wide road grade of packed gravel to the dam. Then the Colorado connector turns into singletrack.

Similar Trail: IDK

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Trailblazer


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
 
Review: A nice place to ride with the kids. Lots of wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Granny Gear

February 9, 2016
 
Review: Waterton is a nice ride up a graded raod for 6 miles. Beautiful views, wild life and other people. Can be crowded on weekends, but weekdays are always nice. Singletrack is great if you take the loop, go counter clockwise to enjoy it better. Have fun.

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Granny Gear

June 14, 2015
 
Review: It's a great ride, I didn't go all the way up but it's very pretty. Super super busy though!

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Granny Gear

April 24, 2015
mtbmac Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice easy ride we just rode the wide road portion up to the damn and back its about a 14 mile round trip , very very easy riding with plenty of bathrooms along this part of the trail! Saw big horn sheep beautiful area!

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Granny Gear

February 16, 2015
BluGnat Granny Gear  
 
Review: I'm a super new beginner to mountain biking (on actual trails) - but someone else's beginner review helped me, hence me posting a review for fellow beginners out there. This trail was GREAT to get a taste of trail mountain biking. The snow on the last half of the loop, past Lenny's Rest was a bit of a bummer, but what can we expect this time of year. I have high hopes of re-riding the trail over and over until I'm proficient. Perfect beginner trail - but I'll bet more experienced people fly through it and love it, too.

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Granny Gear

July 22, 2014
 
Review: First off, I am a novice rider, for whatever that is worth. As others have said, the first 6.2 miles is smooth gravel up to the Strontia Springs Dam. After that the trail gets a bit more interesting. A seemingly endless stretch of uphill switchbacks will bring you to Lennys Rest. A few tricky spots, but the uphill is the challenge here. I elected to take a left at the Roxborough Loop, which after a few left turns will eventually lead you back to Waterton Canyon. A few rocky sections and some large roots along the way, nothing too crazy.

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World Champ


May 5, 2014
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: Temporary closure: "Hikers, walkers, runners and bikers won't have access to Waterton Canyon for most of next week while Denver Water does some annual maintenance. The dust mitigation project will close the canyon from Tuesday, May 6 through Friday, May 9, the utility said in a news release. Both the canyon and the parking lot will be closed for recreation until Saturday, May 10 at 7 a.m."

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Gramcounter

August 26, 2013
tetontom Gramcounter  
 
Review: If you're looking for a 12-mile gravel road out&back w/ nice views, and close to home, then by all means go do it.

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Gnarly

April 26, 2013
 
Review: The Waterton Canyon trail itself is a 6.3 mile dirt road that goes through the South Platte River system to the Strontia Springs reservoir. This stretch of the trail is, as rated, a beginner trail. It is perfect for weekends with the family as the roads are wide and very flat. It can be rather boring for the experienced mountain biker. In my experience, only this part of the trail can be considered "beginner". What follows after the end of the huge dirt road is a series of trails connected to the Colorado Trail 1776. Once you start your uphill ascent past a residential area (about 2 or 3 houses along the trail) you will hit Lenny's Rest which marks the beginning of a grueling 2.3 mile uphill climb. Once you get to the top there will be trails that connect to either the Indian Creek Trail or the Roxborough State Park Trail. Take the Roxborough Trail to do the loop back to Waterton Canyon. We went to do this trail 2 days after a snow storm. It had been sunny the days before that and we thought the trails would have dried by then but we were wrong. This trail is tough to begin with, huge drops, rocks and roots will give you quite a challenge. To add to that we had mud and snow as well! The switchbacks on this trail is tough and the uphills do not seem to stop. I wiped out about twice trying to steer through the tough sections of this trail and it was not pleasant. This section is about 4 miles around with a few scenic areas, streams and plenty of wildlife to see. If you are an inexperienced beginner, I do not recommend that you try this trail specially not when it is wet and snowy. For everyone out there out for an aerobic challenge, go ahead, it'll be worth your while.

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Waterton Canyon MTB Trail 3.81 out of 5 based on 38 ratings. 38 user reviews.
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