I finally got over to run the Indian Creek trails with Scott B. on Saturday. We started at the trailhead about 10 miles west of Sedalia. I had the route figured out, but had no idea what type of elevation we would be in for. I can confirm it's quite a hilly place to run. We piled up about 5000' of climbing over 21 miles.
|There were a few other trail options available. Needed to save something for the next visit.|
It was about 47 degrees when we left HR, and were met with 33 degree temps when we got out of the car. Nothing better to warm you up than a good climb in the first mile!
If you're like me and can't get enough of remote, densely forested, singletrack running, Indian Creek is for you. There's a two mile stretch of wide dirt road as you head towards Roxborough, but everything else was singletrack. I can't remember any run I've done with 19 miles of what you see below.
|The pic is blurry, but the forest is pristine.|
|Small open spaces would pop out of nowhere every so often.|
|Around mile 7, we came upon a whole bunch of these. They were fresh! And big!|
|Scott's last big run before the Golden Gate Dirty Thirty!|
|Entering civilization around mile 12.|
|Me bombing the Elk Valley Trail.|
|Scott cruising the Roxborough connector to Waterton Canyon.|
|This is the stuff I daydream about!|
|One of the many meandering creeks. They're everywhere.|
|The last long climb back to the trailhead. We were pooped!|
If you haven't run in Indian Creek, you need to get down there and check it out. It's not far from anywhere in the south metro area. By adding the Ringtail & Swallowtail trails, you could easily increase this run to 30+ miles (not to mention hopping on the Colorado Trail for some kind of an out & back).