Platte Canyon Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Platte Canyon Trail is a 15.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Sedalia, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
15.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2066 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

no dogs

This section climbs to its highest point (7,200ft.) in the first 8 miles until it begins to descend toward Strontia Springs, and Waterton Canyon. This section also crosses Bear Creek, and intersects with the Carpenter Peak Trail. NOTE: Dogs are not allowed in the 6 mile stretch of Waterton Canyon.

5 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail! It's in great condition, very little muddy or snowy spots although I only did about 5 miles of it starting from South Platt area before turning aroud. The elevation gain is surprisingly easy, lots of switchbacks, you don't realize how high is you get until you hit the top! The views from up there are stunning and there are some great places to just sit and look at the view! There's a good sized dirt lot to park in that has a bathroom (not really upkept at the moment) and both times I've been out this way there's been plenty of parking but that could change with summer coming. Take a bit of caution though, a mountain biker told me there were some cougar tracks a bit farther down the trail!

trail running
7 months ago

I did this hike in the opposite direction shown here and started from Waterton Canyon Road. It is about 6 miles of dirt road before connecting with the Colorado Trail. Wonderful for running- very slight uphill if you're going from east to west and lots of room on the dirt road to avoid others. Follows the river the entire way and feels safe. There are bathrooms almost every mile. Once it hits the Colorado Trail it gets steeper and was difficult to run. Very exposed- bring water! Saw TONS of big horn sheep!

10 months ago

Enjoyed this hike. Some nice views and not crowded though it was a nice day in April.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

loved it. although long, we didn't have to go the full way to get great views. doggy friendly, would go again!

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

Great hike. Really lightly trafficked. No trail markers but the crushed granite trail ways are easy to spot and track. Very well laid trails with sweeping views and plenty of routes to explore off of the main trail system.

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

I did this hike beginning from Waterton Canyon. While the first 6 miles is a bit bland along the dirt access road, the canyon is beautiful. Towards the top of the road just before it breaks off through the woods, a large herd of sheep approached me and fed on the nearby grasses.

My favorite part of this hike is around the halfway point where I found myself immersed in a fern forest. It was a bit claustrophobic as it felt like the forest was swallowing me, but it is unlike anything I've witnessed in Colorado. It reminded me of the dense forests of Oregon.

hiking
Monday, May 16, 2016

Moderate hike with significant elevation gain right out of the parking lot. Can also be accessed from Waterton Canyon where you connect to the Colorado Trail 6 miles in, passed Strontia Springs Dam. Amazing views of the practically the entire South Platte Area. This section of the trail gets significantly less traffic than the South Platte to Little Scraggy Trailhead, and has better scenery.

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