Lovell Gulch Trail

Pike National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain287ft
Trailhead Elevation8,809ft
Elevation Min/Max8606/8809ft
Elevation Start/End8809/8809ft

Lovell Gulch Trail

Lovell Gulch Trail is a hiking trail in Teller County, Colorado. It is within Pike National Forest. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 8,809 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 287 feet.

Lovell Gulch Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The singletrack winds through aspen groves, open meadows, and boulder patches while the doubletrack offers a roller-coaster downhill. Toss in wildflowers or fall colors and a backdrop of Pike's Peak and the excellent ride recipe is complete.

If a pet comes along, please heed the notes at the trailhead. Located west of Colorado Springs in Woodland Park. Tread: Hard-packed dirt dominates the 4.4 miles of singletrack and 1.2 miles of doubletrack."

"Lovell Gulch offers stimulating diversity on its 5.5-mile loop, including varied terrain, interesting ecosystems, and a wealth of wildflowers. Typically, late June is the best time to catch peak bloom.

The trail begins as an easy-going connection to the loop, which at first follows a creek but then climbs to an overlook featuring Pikes Peak. The trail then undulates toward a sharp rise, crests, and drops back to the connection. Wildflower alert: Hikers discover the “blues:” wild iris, blue-eyed grass, mountain penstemon, and columbine."

"This is the perfect weekend run because it has very little traffic, which seems to crowd nearby Rampart Reservoir. Additionally, this route offers great views of Pikes Peak and Ute Pass. Grade: Moderate, except for a root-filled section just prior to the high point. Also, watch out for a steep descent from the high point over loose gravel."

"Resembling the shape of a lollipop, the Lovell Gulch Trail is a popular ride located in the heart of Woodland Park. This trail offers a scenic route through a large, open valley and some of the area’s best views of Pikes Peak. Camping is permitted at undeveloped sites along the trail. Climbing out of Lovell Gulch offers a moderate workout, but one well worth the effort as you intersect with the Rampart Range Road and the beginning of a screaming descent beneath power lines.

The trail is well marked by National Forest trail signs. Terrain: Singletrack and doubletrack over mostly smooth terrain through mixed conifer forests. There are some rockier and sandier sections, with one stream-crossing. Parts of the trail, like many trails in the Colorado Springs area, are covered in Pikes Peak granite."

"Here is a relaxing hike on a lollipop trail looping through a nice mix of native trees, large granite boulders, small valleys, and a ridge affording views of Pikes Peak and the Sawatch Range.

One long climb will stretch legs and lungs a bit; otherwise grades and crowds are moderate on this quiet trail. Woodland Park is right down the road with all kinds of eateries, shops, and other distractions. Rampart Reservoir is only a few extra miles east, with more trails and opportunity for water-related activities."

Lovell Gulch Trail Reviews

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Don't let the trail head fool you. This is quite a nice trail once you get in past the few houses. We went off and to the right after crossing the water and the wildflowers were amazing. Once we got to the top though, it was a bit of a let down as you follow the path under the electric wires. Next time I think we will turn this into an out and back trail.
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Located in Woodland Park, Lovell Gulch is a great hike for hikers of all levels. There are many trails that take you from ridges to see a 360 view of the area to the many gulches and forested areas. Views spanning from Pikes Peak to the Collegiates are outstanding. We hike this trail weekly are hardly run into other hikers.

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Oct 2018