Waterton Canyon (rescheduled)

We will begin hiking at 9:00am sharp.

Rating: Easy (not much elevation gain)

Distance: about 6 miles (2.5 Hours)

This is a very easy hike so we will walk in for an hour and a quarter and then turn around to head back out.

Bighorn sheep. Mountain lions. Bears. Birds. Fish. And, most importantly, the Platte River, which supports this level of biodiversity and makes for a gorgeous hike.

Waterton Canyon serves as the trailhead for the Colorado Trail, which covers more than 400 miles and goes all the way to Durango. The great thing about this trail is that you can pick and choose your distance—six rest areas make convenient turnaround points. The rest areas are all named after a different animal that lives in the canyon: Mule Deer, Blue Heron, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Rattlesnake, and Bighorn sheep. Signage at each outpost educates visitors about each creature. Follow the Platte River as it winds through the canyon and keep your eyes peeled for herds of bighorn sheep and other big mammals. You'll pass the Strontia Springs Dam about a mile and a half in. Later, you'll see part of the tunnel that carries water to the Foothills Water Treatment Plant. 

Directions: From Denver, take I-70 west to C-470. Take C-470 east to Wadsworth Boulevard. Take a right at the bottom of the exit ramp and drive 4.2 miles. Turn left on Waterton Road. The parking lot will be about a quarter of a mile down and on your left. 


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  • Emilie G.

    Hi Ladies, My cousin is in town tomorrow so I won't be able to make the hike. Mary, I'll give you a call tomorrow night.

    April 7, 2014

    • Mary C.

      Sounds good Emilie. Talk to you later.

      April 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can tell this is not a night that I will get the sleep I need. I will need to sleep in due to insomnia, so I won't be there. Rats! Have a lovely hike!

    April 8, 2014

  • Cathy B.

    Never mind my message below- I talked to Jill and found out there's no admission fee, so I can get there no problem. See you in the morning. Cathy

    April 7, 2014

  • Cathy B.

    hello. Is there a park admission into the area? I have not bought games/park in several years. Is there anyone I could meet somewhere en route to ride with into the park? I am in Lakewood- Kipling/Mississippi, but can meet anywhere. Cell[masked]

    April 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was actually suited up and headed out the door when I checked email and saw the cancellation. I kinda wish I had gone ahead and met up with others, but t he weather was really a guessing game today...

    April 7, 2014

  • Lisa F.

    A few of us missed the change this morning until we were at the trailhead. We went ahead and hiked it. It was a nice hike. So I'll see you next week.

    April 7, 2014

    • Jill B

      Lisa- who didnt get the email?

      April 7, 2014

  • carol

    sorry, Tues will not work for me.

    April 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry. Tuesday will not work....

    April 7, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    Dang. Can't make a Tuesday morning. See ya'll maybe next week.

    April 7, 2014

  • Judith O.

    sorry I have to miss this, had an opportunity to work.
    Enjoy.

    April 6, 2014

  • CB E.

    Hello! I am looking forward to meeting everyone and finding a new group to hike with. -- CB

    March 24, 2014

  • Cathy B.

    I'm glad there's a hike through Waterton Canyon! This is a beautiful area!

    March 24, 2014

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