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Indian Creek Loop - Trail #800

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 3.2 (158) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful wooded loop with great singletrack and a few linkup options for those warm summer days.


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14.0

Miles

22.5

KM

80%

Singletrack

7,859' 2,395 m

High

6,263' 1,909 m

Low

2,360' 719 m

Up

2,367' 722 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This ride starts at the Indian Creek Trailhead just 10 miles from Sedalia along highway 67. Riding in the counter-clockwise direction provides the longer descent and includes the better sections of downhill riding.

You'll encounter a touch of everything on this loop, including nice winding singletrack through dense wooded areas, a short section of doubletrack, fast and entertaining downhill, even a section of large rolling jumps.

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 Trailhead is $7.00 per day per vehicle**

There is no access from Roxborough State Park or CR-5 (Iron Bark Drive). CR-5 is through a gated community with no public parking, and Roxborough State Park does not allow mountain biking or walking bikes on trails.

Description

The singletrack starts at the NW corner of the Indian Creek Trailhead parking lot, just behind the pit toilette. Look for and follow trail signs reading trail #800 (east leg). Start with a short 1-mile climb to an intersection of a dirt road and the Ringtail Trail. Congratulations you've 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 reaching 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 the turning point in the loop. Here you climb back to the south staying on trail #800 (west leg).

At about mile 11 you have a short downhill to Bear Creek in which the trail follows back to your starting point at Indian Creek Trailhead.

See featured ride Colorado Trail: Indian Creek East Leg (alternative to Waterton Canyon) to South Platte Canyon for a great linkup.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chuck McQuade with improvements by s platte and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.2 from 158 votes

#228

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  3.2 from 158 votes
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Photos

Rocky Mountain Columbine, the state wildflower of Colorado, lines the trail in early summer.
Aug 5, 2013 near Roxboro…, CO
Beautiful meadow.
Jun 6, 2014 near Roxboro…, CO
Riding through a cute valley on the Colorado Trail.
May 22, 2016 near Roxboro…, CO
About 2 miles away from the trailhead, on the Indian Creek Loop.
May 22, 2016 near Roxboro…, CO
Take the right trail just past the electrical tower.
Jul 4, 2015 near Roxboro…, CO
Initial climb out of parking lot.
Jul 3, 2015 near Roxboro…, CO

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Sep 25, 2022
Jeremy Orr
Beautiful fall day and a great ride. Perfect conditions. 15mi — 2h 26m
Sep 3, 2022
Ryan Vogelsberg
Good time! Different kinds of track throughout. Beautiful area. 14mi — 2h 40m
Jul 10, 2022
Mike Artegian
May 18, 2022
Jeremy Orr
If you like long climbs and remote natural beauty, this is the ride for you! There are also some great downhill sections. Can be easy to get lost. — 2h 45m
Nov 14, 2021
Mike Worcester
Rode with Ren & Charlie up the fire road first, then down Indian Creek (backwards from indicated) and linked to Waterton at the same, then down to…
Nov 11, 2021
Dan 60D5H411
Nov 6, 2021
Jonah Petoskey
5h 00m
Sep 6, 2021
Chris B
The trail is HARD, but what I would hope for from a CO black diamond. The downhill is simple, but fun. The uphills are technical and very challenging 14mi — 2h 20m