March 17th, 2013 – Waterton CanyonPosted: March 21, 2013
Due to some schedule conflicts recently I have not been able to do a good trail run with the Boulder Trail Running and Breakfast Club on Saturdays. I was itching, seriously itching for a good run! Luckily, Colorado Runs posted a new meet-up at Waterton Canyon for a 12-mi/24-mi/50-mi out and back run on a beautiful Sunday morning. I was indecisive. I picked out a 14-mi Boulder Trail early in the week but the weather turned stormy. Last time I tried to run after a storm, the trail was icy and muddy, it was almost a hike. Being too good at trail blazing and getting lost, I decided to join the group that is familiar with the trail instead.
Waterton Canyon was not far from town. It was a 40-min drive from Aurora located in Littleton. The trail consists of a dirt road with a river running next to it, a gradual incline (almost flat IMO) for 6.25 miles leading up to Stronita Dam. We ran a total out and back distance of 12.5 miles. The famous Colorado Trail (section 1) connects at the end of Waterton Canyon which I plan to explore in the future, but will have to plan on a 20+mi run one day.
Overall a good leisure run, wasn’t hard or a badass workout but a beautiful run on a trail I’ve never been. I sure want to extend into Colorado Trail next time I go! Ah, still itching for a good run…