CT - Indian Creek (Waterton Canyon Alt.)
ElevationAscent: 2,810' 857 m
Descent: -4,174' -1,272 m
High: 7,861' 2,396 m
Low: 6,103' 1,860 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
Popular rides nearby
Indian Creek Loop - Trail #800
14.0 mi 22.5 km • Loop • 2,360 ft Ascent 719.28 m Ascent
CT - Segment 2: South Platte River to Little Scraggy
10.3 mi 16.6 km • Point to Point • 2,175 ft Ascent 662.8 m Ascent
CT - Segment 3: Little Scraggy to FS-560 Wellington Lake Road
13.3 mi 21.4 km • Point to Point • 1,831 ft Ascent 558.09 m Ascent
Buff Creek "Big Burrito"
34.5 mi 55.5 km • Loop • 4,871 ft Ascent 1484.77 m Ascent
Little Scraggy Trail Loop
12.6 mi 20.3 km • Loop • 1,432 ft Ascent 436.41 m Ascent
Ridgeline Rampage Course
13.0 mi 20.9 km • Point to Point • 1,255 ft Ascent 382.57 m Ascent
“The perfect downhill alternative to the traditional Waterton Canyon dirt road climb.”— Chuck McQuade
Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed
The east leg covers 10 fast mostly downhill miles with only a small section of dirt road before joining the Colorado Trail at Lenny's Rest. By using this alternative, you'll have a huge smile on your face knowing that you just skipped 7 miles of dirt road up Waterton Canyon. The remaining 10 miles along the COT includes a few tough climbs, a couple of advanced rock gardens, however it's well worth the effort for the final 2 miles of classic downhill!
Need to Know
Parking is available at the Indian Creek Trailhead, though it gets full most every weekend. There is overflow parking at Rampart "Upper" Lot 1/4 mile from Indian Creek Trailhead.
**Fee for parking at the Indian Creek Trialhead is $4.00 per day per vehicle**
Congratulations you have just reached the loop's high point. The next 8 miles are all downhill from here. Continue north along the dirt road marked with the #800 trail sign for 3 fast miles. Once you reach a large power line tower, look for the singletrack to start back up to the east. An awesome mile long section of downhill now awaits.
Next you'll reach a crossing trail - turn left or north to continue along trail #800. The next section is made up of a wide singletrack with countless what appears to be man-made jumps. FUN. After reaching a meadow, the trail bends to the west with some more amazing downhill and several big rock and root drops. Continue along the trail #800 passing a trail that turns to the right which heads to the dirt road of Waterton Canyon.
After a few creek crossings and the loop's first steep and challenging climb, you'll reach a "Y" junction. Continue north leaving the Indian Creek Loop. After a short distance you'll meet up with segment 1 of the COT at Lenny's Rest bench. From here, continue west along the COT crossing Bear Creek and the ride's low point.
Now climb for the next 3 miles and 1500 feet of vertical, crossing a few more small creeks while winding your way up along dense forest and wonderful singletrack. This section includes a few rock gardens, one which most riders will likely walk. After the long grind, catch your breath and enjoy a 3.5 miles 1500 foot screaming, smooth downhill, ending at the south fork of the South Platte River.
See Segment 2 --- Colorado Trail: South Platte Canyon to Little Scraggy TH.
Local Club: Colorado Mountain Bike Association