Colorado Trail Segment 1 Waterton Canyon Alternative

Pike National Forest, Colorado

Distance3.8mi
Elevation Gain1,863ft
Trailhead Elevation7,379ft
Top7,379ft
Elevation Min/Max6542/7379ft
Elevation Start/End7379/7379ft

Colorado Trail Segment 1 Waterton Canyon Alternative

Colorado Trail (Segment 1 Waterton Canyon Alternative) is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Douglas County, Colorado. It is within Pike National Forest. It is 3.8 miles long and begins at 7,379 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,863 feet. This trail connects with the following: Colorado Trail (Segment 1).

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Denver - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"Follow a portion of the legendary Colorado Trail along the South Platte River from its eastern endpoint to the impressive Marston Diversion Dam. This immensely popular route winds up Waterton Canyon, following the spectacular South Platte River as it spills west out of the high country. The scenic canyon, the rumbling river, and the wide, flat trail draw the outdoorsy in large but comfortable numbers to the area; hikers share the trail easily with cyclists, equestrians, and families with children in strollers. No dogs permitted." Read more

Colorado Trail (Segment 1 Waterton Canyon Alternative) Reviews

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2/10/2007
This is an access road and there will occasionally be a truck going through (private). It is great for a family group, but not really "hiking" material. However, the access to the Colorado Trail is at the end. This is also a good road for gentle biking out and back and in the summer there is usually somone with "treats" down in the parking area as well as bike repair. Good for an afternoon away, but not away from the people.
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9/10/2005
This was a very nice hike, though, the trail is better suited for bikers. The trail is not a "trail" in the since that you are in woods going up and down hills. It is more like a utility road. It does follow the South Platte River which offers some nice views. And, there was wildlife for the kids to enjoy (Bighorned Sheep). I will not return here without bikes.
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6/21/2000
The first day of Summer; The first (most eastern) section of the Colorado Trail- Waterton Canyon Roxborough Loop. One of my "can't stay in the office but no time to get to the mountains ride!) This ride starts in southwest Denver on Denver Water Board property, adds 18 miles to the odo; the first 6 are gravel road- a good warm up with great scenery; a very scenic canyon, common the see mountain sheep up close.; then a 6 mile single track loop and back on the road! The single track is in good shape, I noticed about 3 places where trail work had been recently done, The down hill which can always be tough, was particularly sandy with tons of loose rock! The downhill is sweet lots of stuff- creeks and all.
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Trail Information

Pike National Forest
Nearby City
Pike National Forest
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Fishing
Additional Use
USGS Kassler and Platte Canyon; map on information signboard near trailhead
Local Maps

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Dec 2018