Indian Creek and Stevens Gulch Loop

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Chatfield State Park

Indian Creek and Stevens Gulch Loop is a 17.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Littleton, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from June until November.

Length17.6 miElevation gain1,833 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingLakeFeeNo dogs
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Chatfield State Park charges an entrance fee of $10/vehicle. An annual pass is also available for $80.

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Steve Kuethe
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Mountain biking

Great trail conditions one down tree just a little after the Steven’s Gulch intersection it’s still heading towards Indian Creek Campground

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Steve Kuethe
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Mountain biking

Three down trees otherwise pretty darn nice

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R K
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Hiking

6.5 miles each way are on the road it is totally exposed. Bring plenty of water if you’re doing the whole thing. The loop of 4 miles is the hike through the woods. Warning signs of bear activity in the woods. I didn’t see or hear anything.

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Steve Kuethe
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Mountain biking

Dry and dusty today. The thimbleberries looked like they reached a peak a couple of weeks ago and the Bears have enjoyed them.

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Steve Kuethe
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Steep, loose, rocky, and beautiful. Plenty of wildflowers. Two downed trees Block the trail coming down Stephen’s Gulch.

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Chris Danilo
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HikingClosed

CLOSED due to COVID as of March 18. Haven’t trailed it yet.

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Stephanie Peters
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Hiking

Trail was a little icy and needed spikes. Beware though, there was a car broken into 4/20 while we were hiking.

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Teresa Krause
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HikingIcyMuddy

snow, postholing, ice and dry trail. but doable

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Steve Kuethe
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Mountain biking

Things in pretty good shape today and some fall colors from the shrubbery and vines giving some red’s.

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Jared Chute
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Mountain biking

Great trail. The 6.5 miles to and from the trail head on a wide dirt road is a little annoying, but once you get to the actual trail it's some awesome single track. I also think the trail being less accessible makes it much less crowded which was also nice.

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Abraham Mena
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Hiking

excellent trail for Mountain bikers

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Steve Kuethe
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Mountain biking

Trail was pretty good. Still a couple of fallen trees returning back down Stevens Gulch. And there is still some wash out from the rain a few weeks back. I went to the Indian Creek Campground this time the horse Park. Then I turned around and came back. Some of the aspens were quite beautiful already and I scared up some kind of big pigeon size bird that was down in the brush near the trail and had some orangey red in his tail feathers as he took off. If you know what is let us all know thanks

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Steve Kuethe
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Mountain bikingBlowdown

A couple of downed trees as you are returning on Stevens Gulch.

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Rion Marcinko
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Mountain biking

Let’s get one thing straight - this isn’t the type of trail a guy and his wife should hike on a weekend. For one, there are no views. Second, it gets very narrow and treacherous and probably isn’t the type of thing you will want to do. I’d recommend the Colorado trail for hikers. For the mountain bikers - if you aren’t an experienced and in shape biker you may want to avoid this. Honestly, if you complete this without having to get off and walk your bike then I envy you! I had to walk maybe 20 times because of large rocks, roots, or just plain too steep. I consider myself a decent cyclist and this beat me up! Make absolutely sure your bike has great brakes, tires are in good shape and your gears work because you will be beating them up! At the end of the trail I think my arms hurt more than my legs, and that’s saying something. Overall, this wasn’t personally my favorite bike trail but that doesn’t mean that an expert mountain biker wouldn’t completely love it. Just my $0.02.

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Nick Bay
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Hiking

Solid hike! Pretty lengthy. About 6.5 miles of a service road, 5 miles of a secluded, quiet trail, 6.5 miles back on the service road. I stayed on the trail the entire time, and clock a distance of 18.2 miles. Good for an all day hike!

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Brie Geary
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Running

Beautiful trail that’s wide enough for mountain bikers, runner, and hikers (until you get to the national forest/Indian creek trail/Colorado Trail). I saw about 20 bighorn sheep in close proximity about 6 miles in. The only slight downside was NO WATER FOUNTAINS except 2 by the start of the trail. The trail has full exposure to the sun and there is little breeze. The crowd begins to thin out a little past 3 miles (with the exception of mountain bikers). I ran into one other trail runner on the loop.

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Quaneisha Collins
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Lots of poop!!!!☹️ other than that it's beautiful and lots of sights to see

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Heather Troxler
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Hiking

Great trail. Best in the middle portion. Forested with lots wildlife and wild flowers. Happy I left the trailhead early - rain came early today. 6 hours and finished at 130

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Matt Cleveland
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Mountain biking

Favorite mountain bike trail near Denver. Seven mile ride on dirt road before you get to single track, but well worth the ride. Back side of loop has a great downhill section. Rarely crowded during the week, have not been there during the weekend.

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Mindy Williford
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Hiking

I gave this segment of the CT only 3 stars because of the Waterton Canyon potion of the trail (6.2 miles of hiking on a road), and the lack of awe inspiring views. The trail is beautiful once you get to the single track CT trail 6.2 miles back. Wildflowers were abundant along the entire trail ranging from columbines to Indian paintbrush and everything in between. Heavily forested for most of the trail, the smells and sounds are awesome. The trail was super easy to navigate and in moderate use. No dogs allowed on this segment, but mountain bikers welcome. I came across approximately 20 hikers/backpackers and several bicyclists. 16.8 miles took six hours to complete at a quick steady pace with minimal breaks. Most finish in about eight.

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Susan Chadwick
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Hiking
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First leg of the Colorado Trail. Great hike but no dogs are allowed in Waterton Canyon so that part is a bummer.

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Tom m
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Mountain biking
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Tom m
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Mountain biking
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Chris Traynor
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Tom m
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Mountain biking
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Tom m
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