Colorado Trail : Segment 1

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Colorado Trail : Segment 1 is a 15.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Littleton, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
15.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,687 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

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mountain biking

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forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Segment 1 — Waterton Canyon Trailhead to South Platte River Trailhead. For parking and additional info on this segment of the Colorado Trail visit: http://www.coloradotrail.org/waterton.html The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail extending for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado.

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome hike! Was longer than listed! We saw sheep!!! That was awesome! The trail head at Waterton was closed which was stupid! But we didn’t let that stop up! The canyon was very hot but was fun along the river!

hiking
5 days ago

Longest hike I've ever done, beautiful view, abundant wildlife, very hot through Waterton canyon, overall, very tough 17 miles, extremely tired and sore, would not trade the experience.

1 month ago

Easy hike once you get past the canyon. It was very! Hot! Biking in the canyon even at 4:30 in July. There are several nice campsites at 8.5 miles and I did not see the bear.

2 months ago

Did the last 5 1/2 miles of the segment as an out and back on 6/2. Tons of wildflowers in bloom right now. Much of this part of the trail is shaded, so it’s nice to do on hotter days. Nice, quiet section of the trail, only saw a small handful of other people.

hiking
2 months ago

Great pack training hike for distance and steady incline. walking along the river is always nice

trail running
2 months ago

Fun trail run.. ran from start of Waterton Canyon to a few miles above Lenny’s rest out and back. The lower canyon up to the dam is nice and gradual - great for any easy hike or ride with the Family. Some great elevation on the single track above the Dam. Unfortunately views today were restricted with low cloud cover above the dam.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great introduction to hiking in the Rockies without any technical or strenuous sections.

backpacking
4 months ago

What was supposed to be a one nighter, turned into a day hike with our full packs! The trail is in good condition, we were met with some sections on the north side of hills that were icy, and one section well above Lenny’s Rest that requires microspikes to pass. Some sections of mud as well. Ran into more mountain bikers than anything and a couple of trail runners. We were met with perfect weather.

hiking
4 months ago

As of March 17, most of the trail is snow and ice free but there were a few sections that required spikes. We witnessed a few mountain bikers that were turned around at around mile 10 or 11 due to a long icy section in the trail.

Overall pretty hike. We stayed at the camping area near Bear Creek and had a beautiful, clear night with 25 degree temps. Bear creek was fairly silty so a filter would be helpful. I was using UV and had to strain the water.

The 10 miles from the dam to the South Platte River trailhead should have a rating of 4 but the crowds in Waterton Canyon tend to hurt the overall Segment 1 trail ratings.

backpacking
11 months ago

The initial 6-7 miles of this segment is heavily populated with bikers, day hikers, and mountain bikers. But once you get past the dam, up to Lenny's Bench and then beyond, you really get the feel of being in the mountains. Mountain biking is allowed on the trail so you have to share the trail and be aware. Overall it gets quite scenic once you get up in elevation and about 10-11 miles in.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016