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.
Hewlett Gulch Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--John Gascoyne (And the Colorado Mountain Club), The Best Fort Collins Hikes (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"Hewlett Gulch is a favorite among mountain bikers in and around Fort Collins. Its fast singletrack, big drop-offs, creek-crossings, killer climbs, and one very rocky descent will satisfy any mountain biker’s idea of a good ride. Although technically and physically moderate to challenging, the ride serves first-time mountain bikers well as it can be ridden at any pace. For those who like to grab air, there’s a great spot at the 2.3-mile mark where the trail dips into a small gully.
With enough speed, you’d swear you were flying. Terrain: Rough doubletrack and singletrack. This trail has many creek crossings and weaves in and out of mixed conifer forests before climbing up through a meadow. Although most of this ride is manageable by the intermediate rider, there are big drop-off sections, as well as one of the rockiest singletrack descents in all of the Front Range."
--Stephen Hlawaty, Mountain Biking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Mary Reed, Best Easy Day Hikes Fort Collins (Falcon Guides).
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