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blue CT - Segment 1: Chatfield to S. Platte Canyon

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16.3 mile 26.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,493' 760 m
Descent: -1,888' -575 m
High: 7,507' 2,288 m
Low: 5,506' 1,678 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)


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A moderately difficult climb to N. Platte River Rd.

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This is a great section of trail minus the 6 mile ride up the canyon road. It can be done as an out and back if you're looking for some mileage. If you're getting tired, just don't do the last descent or you're fully commited to the whole thing.

The climbs are long, but they aren't overly technical. There is only one really technical part.

Start up Waterton Canyon on the nice big easy dirt road. Fortunately, you can keep your speed up and eat through the mileage. Head up past the dam and up a couple more hills until you see some singletrack as the road turns to the right.

This climb isn't too bad, with very little technical difficulty. Once you break free of the climb, keep right on the Colorado Trail and start a really fun descent.

Next you'll have a pretty long ascent at the top of which you should decide if you want to go for the whole thing or not as it's a good climb back out if you you're doing the out and back. An interesting thing about this descent is that it takes you through 3 different habitats which are easy to tell by the changing plant/tree life.

There is a bathroom at the South Platte trailhead.


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Apr 4, 2019
Kyle Maass
13mi — 1h 03m
Mar 27, 2019
Drew F
Sep 7, 2018
Keith Bartlett
Great ride! Beautiful area! Be ready to climb a lot! 3954 feet in 31.84 miles (16 out and back) 32mi
Aug 28, 2018
man speaker
Aug 17, 2018
Kevin Oconnell
Aug 9, 2018
Lee Selvage
did parking lot to 2nd dam rest area 13.6mi
Aug 6, 2018
Cameron Pereira
Aug 6, 2018
Chap P
Made it to the Big Horn stop with Brody! 6.4mi

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Matt Parsons   Denver, CO
I tried this on my gravel bike. Do NOT recommend. I was pushing my bike for about 80% of the distance. Beautiful trail, I just need to get a mountain bike. Jun 23, 2018

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