9.8 miles
Distance
954 ft
Climb
-2,044 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Don't try this one at home! This is a super hard route out in the middle of nowhere. Go with a buddy and write me into your will!

Lion Gulch is a trail with a reputation for catastrophic flooding and broken bones. The basic concept of Lion Gulch is that you're either riding in a riverbed or on giant rocks next to a riverbed, most likely hanging on for your life. Having ridden up this trail... once, I do not recommend this unless you are trying to start a fight with your significant other or friend by dragging them up this trail. The way down though is more fun than a three-legged bobcat trying to pee in a hold in a frozen lake in a heavy wind. The trail really is about as badass as you can get in Boulder County (at least of the stuff on the maps). Put on your pads, send a note to your next of kin, and put on your big girl pants cuz here comes trouble! The Limber Pine Trail is on the right.

The route here is a shuttle. It's going to go through heaps of fun, rarely ridden trails and roads, past some historic sites, and then dump you right into Lion Gulch.

- First, park a car at the bottom - Lion Gulch Trailhead.
- Drive up Hwy 36 and turn onto the road to the Limber Pine trail (across the street from Pole Hill Rd - look at the map).
- Park as close to the Limber Pine Trail (on the right just a ways up the road)
- Ride on the Limber Pine Trail (4 miles) past some great sights!
- Get on Forest Rd 120. This is pretty overgrown.
- Left onto Meadow Loop Trail
- Back onto Forest Rd 120 (yay, you just skipped a short section of road!)
- Put on your seatbelt and turn left onto Lion Gulch Trail.
- In the next roughly 4 miles, you're going to cross the stream several times. You know you're at the end when you get a short (maybe 1/4 mile) brutal climb over some water bars and steps up to the parking lot.

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
Abacall (Jul 7, 2019 at 7:17)
 One of the best rides in the area.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
More Stats for Lion Gulch Shuttle mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,090 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,290 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,425 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,336 ft
  • Grade
    -2.1%
  • Grade max
    -42.2%
  • Grade min
    57.3%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,199 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Limber Pine Trail (Upper)
Mar 7, 2021 @ 7:16am
Mar 7, 2021
For a mile the trail is dry and perfect. When you get into the trees there is still a lot of snow and slush. Still may be a few more weeks.
Moose Meadow Trail
Mar 3, 2021 @ 9:06am
Mar 3, 2021
Hermit Park Open Space is reopened for the season as of March 1, 2021. Snowy conditions still exist. Please update trail conditions if you ride!
Limber Pine Trail (Lower)
Mar 3, 2021 @ 9:06am
Mar 3, 2021
Hermit Park Open Space is reopened for the season as of March 1, 2021. Snowy conditions still exist. Please update trail conditions if you ride!
Lion Gulch Trail
Aug 15, 2020 @ 6:44am
Aug 15, 2020
Meadow Loop Trail (1006)
Aug 15, 2020 @ 6:44am
Aug 15, 2020
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