Watrous Gulch Trail

Denver, Colorado 80209

Watrous Gulch Trail

Watrous Gulch Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Watrous Gulch is also under leash restrictions, but it is far less popular than the Herman Lake Trail, although it has features that you and your dog will enjoy. After passing through a forest where there is significant fallen timber, the trail emerges at timberline at Watrous Creek. This is a shallow, wide and slow-moving stream that can be crossed easily by hopping from rock to rock.

Your dog will enjoy the cool water and the opportunity to splash around. Beyond the creek, the trail turns north and ascends the gulch through luxuriant grasses and fields of wildflowers. The incline is moderate and there are numerous places where you can stop and let your pet roll in the grass. Sign in at the register, then proceed on a narrow trail for a short distance to a Forest Service sign indicating Herman Lake to the left and Watrous Gulch to the right."

Watrous Gulch Trail Trip Reports

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Really nice trail, lots of water, great views, once you get out of the trees, lots of mountains to climb!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
4 hours
Best May to September
10,250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,900 feet
Top Elevation
Arapaho National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Grays Peak, Loveland Pass; Trails Illustrated Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Loveland Pass
Local Maps

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