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Hewlett Gulch Trail #954

 8 votes

Length

8.4 Miles 13.5 Kilometers


Elevation

1,125' 343 m

Ascent

-1,125' -343 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

6,797' 2,072 m

High

5,729' 1,746 m

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A fun trail to let your dog off the leash with many water crossings to romp through.

Deborah Gulley

Overview

This is a great trail for dog lovers as you can let your dog off leash to romp alongside you while you hike. There are many water crossings to cool you and your buddy down on a warm day.
Features: River/Creek — Views
Dogs: Off-leash

Need to Know

There is a bathroom at the trailhead parking lot, but there are no trash cans or doggy poop bags, so bring your own bags and be prepared to haul your trash out. There are many water crossings in the first 2 and final 3 miles, but otherwise the trail is all pretty exposed to the sun and there is no water between mile 2 and 5ish. Dogs are allowed off leash here, making it a fun place to hike with your dog, just be aware of the lack of creek water between miles 2 and 5 on a warm, sunny day. There is no drinking water available at the trailhead.

Description

The lollipop-shaped trail begins on a slight downhill, but then begins a very gradual incline over the first 2 miles with many water crossings. When you reach a split in the trail just past the 2-mile mark, go left for a one-mile climb with several switchbacks.

After reaching the 3-mile point, the trail becomes a little more rolling, with some dips down and short steep climbs back up. You'll eventually top out around 6,850 feet of elevation before beginning the gradual descent through wide open grassy fields.

Around the 5-mile mark, you'll find more water crossings as you follow the creek back through the burned out forest to complete the loop section of the trail. You'll complete the loop around mile 6, where you'll begin a gradual descent back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

There was a huge fire here in 2012, so there are many burned and fallen trees. We have seen deer and bighorn sheep in the area and signs of moose.

History & Background

You'll see some remains of homesteads from the early 1900s in the first 2 miles of the trail.

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Mar 5, 2018
Daphne Dubach
Dry trail no snow. Numerous creek crossings in first few miles easy enough 8.4mi
Jan 1, 2018
Jay Decker
Nov 19, 2017
Leslie Neidermyer
9mi
Oct 6, 2017
Brian Rishel
8.5mi — 4h 15m
Sep 2, 2017
Charles Daniel
Jun 26, 2017
Zack Allen
Nov 6, 2016
Mellisa Smith
Ethan and I did this without daddy
Sep 13, 2016
Michael Ford

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 8 votes

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in Poudre Park

#234

in Colorado

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