3 miles
212 ft
-958 ft
2 miles
High Point
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  • Riding area
    Hermit Park Open Space
    Estes Park, Colorado
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Land Manager

The trail drops abruptly from the trailhead then begins a three mile ascent along a stream in Lion Gulch. It provides access to the area known as Homestead Meadows that is rich in the history of eight homesteads established there between 1889 and 1923. Information boards provide background stories at each location. A map of the meadows is available from the office. The Walker and Griffith Homesteads are located on the Lion Gulch Trail that terminates at Trail #971, just west of the third Griffith cabin. Just past the remains of the first Griffith cabin, a short-cut trail # 949.2 leads to the right. Trail #971-1 branches right and leads about a mile east to the Irvin Homestead and sawmill. A sign on Lion Gulch Trail at the east edge of Homestead Meadows indicates a short trail #949-1 heads to the south toward four homesteads via closed forest roads. The Big Elk fire in 2002 destroyed the Engert Homestead located on Trail 971-2 about a mile to the south. Trail #971 leads farther south to the Laycock Homestead and to trails #971-3 to the Hill Homestead and #971 continues to the Boren Homestead. A map of the meadows is available from the Canyon Lakes Ranger District office.

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More Stats for Homestead Meadows Trail #971 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -746 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,300 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,054 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,308 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,312 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    390 ft
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