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).