Lower Dadd Gulch Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

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Lower Dadd Gulch Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 8,473 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,480 feet. Near the end of the trail are restrooms.
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Lower Dadd Gulch Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 8,473 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,480 feet. Near the end of the trail are restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Salt Cabin Park Road (FDR 259).
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Roosevelt National Forest
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 1,480 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 8,473 feet
Top Elevation: 8,473 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Dadd Gulch Trail
Parks: Roosevelt National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 7008/8473 ft
Elevation Start/End: 8473/8473 ft
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Mountain Biking Colorado's Front Range

Mountain Biking Colorado's Front Range

The Lower Dadd Gulch Trail is becoming more and more popular among mountain bikers, particularly since the trail received much-needed maintenance during the summers of 1995, 1996, and 1997. From Colorado Highway 14 to Salt Cabin Road, this trail winds through Dadd Gulch as it follows a stream through thick forests of juniper, ponderosa pine, aspen, and Douglas fir trees. The shade provided by the heavily wooded terrain of Dadd Gulch and a plentitude of creek crossings make this trail a winner of a ride during one of those savagely hot Front Range days.

Upon reaching Dadd Gulch Road, riders have the option of either returning to their vehicles the way they came or continuing into Salt Cabin Park to make a loop. Terrain: Singletrack, doubletrack, and dirt road, which follows a stream in the bottom of a gulch through a heavily wooded mixed conifer forest. The terrain is mostly hard-pack singletrack, with a variety of rockier sections.

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Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park

Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park

This is a shady, delightful trail near Rustic that rolls and gently climbs its way through some uniquely beautiful foothills terrain, crossing several streams and weaving through ponderosa pines, tall cottonwood trees, lodgepole pines, and aspens. The top end of the trail opens up for some great views of the high foothills that would be a major mountain range in most other states.

On the return, you will enjoy views of the rock outcrops that top the Poudre Canyon. The trail tops out on a ridge and Dadd Gulch Road comes up the other side from Crown Point Road. You can picnic next to the Poudre River after your hike is over and cool your heels.

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/27/2014
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This trail is rated easy to moderate, but I beg to differ. The route up from the trailhead on SH14 is about 3.5 miles of singletrack climbing, some probably in the 40% region, cobbles, some big, about a dozen stream crossings (all doable and great fun this time of year). Cover the whole way. Fir forest and very little if any beetle kill or fire kill. I did it with my 9 and 11 YOs, both rapidly becoming better MTBers than me. The gring up req'd some hike a bike, but the run down made it well worth it. We got a little muddy, so that take s the rating up some! Just don't expect a green run in the woods with your 4 or 5 YOs. It's a solid 7/10 for tech going up and 9/10 for phys. Great trail.


8/6/2007
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Good climbing trail with technical rocks to keep you busy. A few creek crossings in summer, much more in spring. I had this place to myself on a Monday. Dogs are allowed off leash, the way most trails should be. You'll climb in and descend out as an out and back. Cross country bike is fine, SS ok but I like shocks in the rocks. The trail is mostly smooth dirt.



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