3 miles
Distance
1,500 ft
Climb
-287 ft
Descent
00:56:07
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Lion Gulch Trail

Lion Gulch Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Hermit Park Open Space
    Estes Park, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #17869 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Forest Service

The trail drops abruptly from the trailhead then begins a three mile climb along a stream in Lion Gulch. It provides access to the historic area known as Homestead Meadows where eight homesteads were established between 1889 and 1923. Information boards provide background stories at each location. Hiking to all the homesteads adds another 2.8 miles. See Homestead Meadows Trail. Lion Gulch trailhead accommodates approximately 35 vehicles.

You can find more information at the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers website.

Dave at Redstone said it is 90% ridable. Maybe downhill, maybe by him. Expect to spend some time walking

More Stats for Lion Gulch Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,213 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,281 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,575 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,362 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,575 ft
  • Grade
    6.811%
  • Grade max
    -22.532%
  • Grade min
    45.286%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2,993 ft
  • Distance flat
    298 ft
  • Avg time
    00:56:07
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Status:
on Sep 23, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Lion Gulch Trail Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Sep 23, 2018 @ 11:52am
      Sep 23, 2018
      Great going down, hike a bike going up for a few long stretches
      Jul 10, 2018 @ 8:22am
      Jul 10, 2018
      Lion Gulch is a ridiculous technical climb. I wouldn’t recommend it.
      Jun 1, 2018 @ 2:32pm
      Jun 1, 2018
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 39 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 34 rides
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      Jan 15, 2018 @ 3:38pm
      Jan 15, 2018

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Lion Gulch Shuttle
      10 miles

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag Pumpntrail (Mar 15, 2019 at 13:46)
       Best ridden as a shuttle from the Limber Pine Trail in Homestead Meadows
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Abacall (Jul 7, 2019 at 7:13)
       Definitely not fun uphill, a blast downhill.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag TheNormsk (Oct 2, 2019 at 7:08)
       Some section of blue rated trail, mostly black diamond with some sections double black. It's a brute to climb; expect significant hike-a-bike but fun to descend if you're comfortable with technical natural terrain and rocky gully crossings.
      [Reply]

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