Saturday, March 3, 2012

Waterton Canyon Trail 14ish miler

Cory and I were excited to try out the Waterton Canyon Trail. We had heard really good things about it but it's been closed so Denver Water could dredge Strontia Springs Reservoir.

The trail just recently reopened and I was excited to hear that the trail was clear of ice and snow. The trail is flat and easy for about 6 and a half miles up to the reservoir after that it connects up with Colorado Trail so you can make your run as short or as long as you like.

It was sunny and in the thirties when we started but the wind was bitingly cold. It was nice to get into the canyon and have some protection.

It was beautiful and not as packed as I thought it would be, we only saw a few other runners and mountain bikers.

We got to the dam where we were told in the summer big horn sheep gather, and kept heading up the canyon.

Where we ran into this:

And this

And much more of the same. We set out intending to run 16 miles but were walking more than we were running through the snow so decided to cut it a bit short and head back. We made it 14.5 miles and called it a day. I am sore but happy to have gotten some miles in.

Tomorrow has a swim bike brick on the schedule, I hope it won't be too windy!

How was your Saturday?


  1. I've been hearing alot about Waterton Canyon - so the first 6.5ish miles are clear? And you saw mountain bikers out on the main wide trail? If so I think we'll be headed up there to check it out sooner rather than later!

    And great job on your run - the wind was really cold today! At least the sun was out!

    1. It was completely clear for the first 6.5 miles, after that it quickly iced over, it would be great for a mountain bike!

  2. That looks like a lot of fun. I must check out this trail someday!

    I did a long run yesterday followed up by a quick all over lifting session. Felt great! I don't know what today will bring but I am sure it will be fun.

    Have a great SB day!

  3. I can't wait to check out Waterton Canyon! Hopefully by the time I make it out there the trails will be a littler clearer! Bring on spring!!!