Lower Dadd Gulch Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado
Elevation Gain1,480ft
Trailhead Elevation8,473ft
Elevation Min/Max7008/8473ft
Elevation Start/End8473/8473ft

Lower Dadd Gulch Trail

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).

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Adventurer | 257 pts
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Explorer | 30 pts
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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.
Adventurer | 334 pts
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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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"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." Read more

Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
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Roosevelt National Forest
Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Roosevelt National Forest
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Trails Illustrated Cache La Poudre & Big Thompson
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