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Lion Gulch Trail #949

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (18)

Rugged, steep, and rocky: pick three.


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Map Key

3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Point to Point

8,568' 2,612 m

High

7,299' 2,225 m

Low

1,304' 397 m

Up

89' 27 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Description

This trail was destroyed in the flooding of 2013. It was finally rebuilt and reopened in July, 2017. It was rough before the flood and is still difficult now!

Hikers begin by dropping down from the parking lot to a creek crossing. Then you start climbing up the gulch. The trail crosses the creek several times, most of these are without a bridge. There are stretches of the trail where it gets steep and a good portion of the trail is rather rocky. There are other stretches of tight and twisty singletrack through the trees that provide a great backcountry feel.

You'll feel the grade on the climb for sure. Towards the top of the gulch, the trail finally breaks into more open terrain and it's pretty smooth sailing on this end of the trail. It crosses through a large meadow (the beginning of Homestead Meadows) that offers beautiful scenery and pleasant hiking.

It's a tough trail, but a worthwhile adventure!

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Jared Crockett

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 18 votes

#3

in Estes Park

#1170

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#3

in Estes Park

#186

in Colorado

#1,170

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One of many creek crossings.
Jun 7, 2021 near Estes Park, CO
First creek crossing.
Jun 7, 2021 near Estes Park, CO
Griffith Homestead
Jul 24, 2017 near Estes Park, CO

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Jun 5, 2021
Devin Quince
First real hike at Lion gulch 5.2mi — 2h 32m
Aug 15, 2020
Saman K
7.6mi — 3h 26m
Jun 18, 2020
Carol Espinoza
Sep 1, 2019
Private User
Oct 29, 2018
Amy Calliham
Jun 27, 2018
Tracey Ziniel
Didn't finish
Apr 8, 2018
TPain Pickens
6 liters water up, 2 down. First hike with the new ACL 6.2mi
Oct 7, 2017
Ellen Jardine