We have done Rollins Pass West a few times, but we never took the time to do the northern part of Waterboard Road. We've taken the short, southern part on the way out (which is much faster) but that's it. Our plan today was to follow it north. We completed Rollins Pass West and then headed up.
It's largely an uphill climb to the end, though there are some downhill stretches. The first part follows a ditch carrying some of the Denver water supply, and there is a diversion dam at the end that is scenic. It was filled with people camping, though, so we didn't hang out long. We also explored another spur that went down to a tunnel of fast-moving water. It was interesting, but we had miles to go so we pressed on.
It doesn't take long to get to the intersection with Rollins Pass West, where we crossed over and kept going. After that, the trail weaved through trees as we headed north. There was a spot of shelf road near the northern end, but otherwise the trail was mellow and in the trees.
We kept going past the spur to Fraser. Then we kept going past Hurd Creek and that first spur to Tabernash. We knew we were heading up to the road that takes you to Meadow Creek Reservoir, but we were going to play that trip by ear.
The trail ended, and we had a decision to make. We could head east and keep going to the reservoir and other trails in the area, or we could head down to Tabernash, dinner, and the drive home. We decided to save the other trails for another day, so we headed west.
Even that easy drive was scenic and nice, and we enjoyed it. We found ourselves at a wide intersection within sight of the highway, the light was fading, and we decided to air up there. We made quick work of it, and soon found ourselves at the Tabernash Tavern for dinner. It was a fun dinner, and then we headed for home. A great day of wheeling!