Sunday Gulch Trail

 10 votes

3.0 Miles 4.9 Kilometers


Singletrack

719' 219 m

Ascent

-719' -219 m

Descent

6,300' 1,920 m

High

5,598' 1,706 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

All Clear

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A trail leading to great water falls and following along the scenic river.

steve berens

Overview

Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall

Description

This trail is best accessed by taking the Sylvan Lake Shore Trail for a ways before reaching an intersection with this trail. You start out following the creek down, traveling steep rocks. The route is ell maintained and there are hand rails if needed.

You cross the creek several times and it's recommended that you stop and take a look at the rock formations on the way. This are is pretty unique, and this lovely trail is a great way to get up close and personal with some incredible rocks. Once you get the low point of the trail, it almost feels like you're in a tropical rain forest. The vegetation is think and green, a stark contrast from the open prairie that you started in.

Soon after leaving the lush creek bed, you start heading back up the other side of the loop. Your return journey will continue through more interesting cliffs and rocks. Though you'll be heading uphill on the way out, there is nothing very difficult. Keep your time or physical limitations in mind, as this was not a short trail either.

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Aug 10, 2017
Renée Belisky
Aug 9, 2017
Steve Cribbs
great trail, easy to follow, but very strenuous climb up and out. Some of the most beautiful scenery you'll see anywhere in the country!
Jun 25, 2017
J T
Jun 18, 2017
Jessica Ortmeier
3mi
Jun 16, 2017
Lorna Grant
Go down the concrete steps with railings first, it wasn't very interesting after that. You can decide from the bottom if you want to continue the l... 2.8mi
May 27, 2017
Zach Toland
Moderately difficult loop off of Sylvan Lake. Got lost at one spot. Lots of trees and fun ascents near the end of the trail along waterfalls and bo... 3mi
Jul 31, 2016
Brittany Buckner
Jul 21, 2016
Chris McCloud

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  4.2 from 10 votes

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