Hewlett Gulch Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,421ft
Trailhead Elevation5,744ft
Elevation Min/Max5721/6819ft
Elevation Start/End5744/5744ft

Hewlett Gulch Trail

Hewlett Gulch Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 5,744 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,421 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The Spaulding Mine (elevation 5,922 feet) and Green Rock Mine (elevation 6,043 feet) quarries can be seen along the trail. There are also woods along the trail.

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Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"Just west of the Grey Rock Trail, this trail is a rewarding, easy canyon/arroyo hike or bike through pretty meadows and lofty ridges, in a rocky environment that climbs to some nice viewpoints. An optional loop climbs to the open high point and sweeping views. The steep and rocky section of the loop can be avoided by taking the out-and-back route on the east (right) side of the loop."
The Best Fort Collins Hikes (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
John Gascoyne (And the Colorado Mountain Club)
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"The longest part of the popular Hewlett Gulch Trail is an easy hike,with about twenty shallow crossings through Gordon Creek. The trail follows the gulch for about 2 miles and then forms a 3.7-mile loop. In the first mile of trail, there are several stone foundations dating back to the early 1900s. Poppies and lilac bushes in this area are likely the remains of horticultural efforts by the early settlers. Hewlett Gulch Trail offers one of the most enjoyable hikes in the lower Poudre Canyon. The profusion of wildflowers and butterflies in the spring can put a hiker on visual overload. Although the usual cautions exist for mountain lions, snakes, and bears, hikers are more likely to see fox, deer, songbirds, and lots of squirrels. The first couple of miles are easy enough for families with youngsters to enjoy. Dogs under voice control are allowed."
"The deservedly popular Hewlett Gulch Trail is a flat path along a riffling creek that you will cross a number of times in a relatively wide and open gulch. Bring your sandals or waterproof boots and enjoy the water, views, flora, and fauna. Hewlett Gulch Trail (#954) is one of the few trails around Fort Collins that follows moving water along its entirety. Better yet, it’s a mountain creek that creates a relatively flat gulch—you will gain less than 500 feet in elevation in the 2.1 miles from the trailhead to the turnaround point."

Hewlett Gulch Trail Trip Reports

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This is a great trail for beginner bikers if you do an out and back in the meadow. If you are looking for a more technical addition to your ride continue past the meadow and finish the loop back to the main trail. The guide book quotation is very accurate. The "rocky descent" refers to approx 200 yards of deep, loose, large rocks. You really can't "ride" it, just hang on and slide down. Overall this trail is a blast no matter how you ride it!
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the only reason i gave this a three was for the sick descent at the end. I prefer to hike up the huge descent to ride it than riding the rest of the trail to get there

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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Additional Use
Roosevelt National Forest Canyon Lakes Ranger District, (970) 295-6700, www.fs.usda.gov/main/arp
Local Contacts
USGS Poudre Park; Trails Illustrated map 101 (Cache La Poudre/Big Thompson)
Local Maps

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