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CT - Segment 1: Waterton Canyon to South Platte River

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (43)

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 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 1 other

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Photos

Crossing the South Platte River.
Jul 9, 2019 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
Gentle climb up Waterton Canyon.
Jun 25, 2017 near Roxboro…, CO
Colorado Trail - toward South Platte from Waterton Canyon.
Sep 18, 2019 near Roxboro…, CO

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Aug 28, 2020
Christopher McCarthy
4 large trees down on trail 32mi
Aug 23, 2020
Andrew Roberts
Aug 19, 2020
Jeff Verseman
Aug 12, 2020
James Bannon
Aug 9, 2020
Gabe Schilke
Jul 23, 2020
Jerry McCall
Jul 18, 2020
Blake Burris
First tough ride. Specialized Levo comp e-bike with Nick Wanner 3.3mi — 3h 42m
Jul 8, 2020
Ken DeRose
Biting Flies!