Well Gulch Nature Trail

Larimer County, Colorado

Distance1.4mi
Elevation Gain43ft
Trailhead Elevation5,497ft
Top5,541ft
Elevation Min/Max5497/5541ft
Elevation Start/End5497/5497ft

Well Gulch Nature Trail

Well Gulch Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 5,497 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 43 feet. The Eltuck Picnic Area and Homestead Picnic Area picnic sites are near the trailhead. There are also parkings, restroom, and shelters. This trail connects with the following: Overlook Trail and West Valley Trail.

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"When it comes to wildflowers along the Well Gulch Trail, you name it, you’ll see it. Heck, you don’t even have to name it—just see and enjoy the amazing display of flowers including lupine, larkspur, wild geranium, spiderwort, and bee balm. From the open grasslands of the parking lot picnic area and trailhead kiosk, you can’t even tell what a cozy, lush trail is ahead of you up Well Gulch. Start by walking across the grassland trail to the west. You have a good chance to see raptors flying above who are looking for prey below. Enter the gulch and leapfrog over the intermittent stream. The rock walls close in on either side. Take your time on this hikers-only trail to look for wild geranium in the spring and bee balm, spiderwort, and lupine in summer. Cottonwoods grow upstream along the water." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Maureen Keilty
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"Walk this interpreted loop and discover the best of what surrounds Horsetooth Reservoir; its meadows, creeks, rock formations, and viewpoints. Kids like stopping at the cool grotto early in the hike, later finding sparkly rocks on the trail." Read more

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Trail Information

Larimer County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
For current conditions and more information, contact Lory State Park, lory.park@state.co.us or (970) 493-1623
Local Contacts
Lory State Park brochure, available at visitor center
Local Maps

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Dec 2018