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.

Detailed Description
Lion Gulch Shuttle is a 10 mile popular expert route located near Estes Park Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 954 ft with a max elevation of 8,755 ft then descends -2,044 ft.
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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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  • 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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