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CT - Segment 1: Waterton Canyon to South Platte River

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (50)

A moderately difficult climb to N. Platte River Rd.


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16.3

Miles

26.2

KM

Singletrack

7,507' 2,288 m

High

5,506' 1,678 m

Low

2,493' 760 m

Up

1,888' 575 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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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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Shared By:

BlakeV Vanier with improvements by s platte and 2 others

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Photos

Crossing the South Platte River.
Jul 9, 2019 near Roxboro…, CO
Descending to Waterton.
Aug 4, 2021 near Roxboro…, CO
Morning just past the dam.
Oct 24, 2017 near Roxboro…, CO
Strontia Springs Dam - Waterton Canyon
Jul 2, 2015 near Roxboro…, CO
Waterton dam overtopping.
Sep 18, 2019 near Roxboro…, CO
The only feature above Waterton Canyon.
Aug 4, 2021 near Roxboro…, CO

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Aug 13, 2021
N V
18mi — 2h 05m
May 15, 2021
Dylan Anderson
Made it up to mile 9. Got work to do to make it further up the steeper areas. 18mi
Mar 6, 2021
Nicholas Horan
Bike with Dean 13mi — 1h 45m
Jan 15, 2021
garrick steele
Nov 21, 2020
Ben Currin
Nov 15, 2020
Dan C.
Nov 7, 2020
Ryan Witt
Oct 3, 2020
Rob Levy