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Date Wednesday  3/20/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title RMOTHG Waterton Canyon
Start Time 9:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Sarah Strandjord
Member Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Easy A
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 100
Driving Distance 0



Waterton Canyon:                                                                                                                                                                            11300 Waterton Rd, Littleton, CO  80125                                                                                                                                      We will meet in the large parking lot on the East side of Waterton Road.  Try to park in the West end of the North row of this parking lot.  After gathering there, we will walk cross the road together and be at the trailhead. 



Waterton Canyon is located just Southwest of Chatfield State Park.  Driving South on Wadsworth Blvd / CO-121 turn Left at Waterton Rd. This intersection is about 4 miles South of the Wadsworth exit from C-470.  Drive just 0.2 miles on Waterton Road and turn Left into parking lot.

For more info Contact

Sarah Strandjord                                                                                                                                                                        cell: 309-360-6631


Waterton Canyon is the northern point and entrance to the Colorado Trail.  This area is managed by Denver Water.  The start of this trail is at 5,515 feet elevation. It follows the S. Platte River.  The trail was previuosly a railroad bed and is wide and hard packed and has only a 100 foot elevation gain in the first 4 miles. 

This will be an out and back hike for a total of about 7 miles. ( However the full trail length round trip is 12.4 miles.) 

This canyon is noted for a wide variety of wildlife, beautiful rock canyon walls and the S.Platte River.  Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep are commonly seen, both on the trail and up the canyon walls, especially in the first couple miles from the trailhead. Additionally much of Denver's water supply and its history are here.  Some of the original water treatment buildings are still present at the trailhead.  Along the trail can be seen overhead water conduits, reservoirs, dams, and some informative signage. 

While scouting, we enjoyed watching several groups of these Bighorn Sheep and a soaring Bald Eagle.



Lunch will be at the Mountian Lion Rest Area.  At this location there are 2 sheltered picnic tables. The trail itself has no shade. Vault toilets are present at several locations along the trail, including at the start and at this rest area.  

Each person should bring water, snacks / lunch, and their 10 essentials, including personal medications, first aid items, and sun protections.  However, light backpacks are appropriate for this easy trail and location.  

Please notify leader prior to the hike if you have any personal medical issues which could impact you or the group hike.

An email update will be sent on Tuesday March 19th, especially regarding trail and weather conditions. 


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.