3.4 miles
Distance
88 ft
Climb
-1,344 ft
Descent
00:39:19
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Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Lion Gulch Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Lion Gulch Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Hermit Park Open Space
    Estes Park, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #48273 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #64352 in Trail Running
    • #30649 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 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

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Lion Gulch Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,254 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,289 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,589 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,589 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,336 ft
  • Grade
    -7%
  • Grade max
    -42.2%
  • Grade min
    12.7%
  • Distance climb
    1,391 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    144 ft
  • Avg time
    00:39:19
  • Avg reverse time
    01:08:03
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on Nov 22, 2021
Avg: 4 (6 votes)
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      Lion Gulch Trail Trail Reports

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      Nov 22, 2021 @ 2:59pm
      Nov 22, 2021
      Trail is open. Please update conditions if you ride.
      Nov 16, 2021 @ 3:26pm
      Nov 16, 2021
      Closed for Kruger Fire. Will update when area reopens
      Aug 7, 2021 @ 8:27am
      Aug 7, 2021
      Aug 15, 2020 @ 6:44am
      Aug 15, 2020
      Sep 23, 2018 @ 11:52am
      Sep 23, 2018
      Great going down, hike a bike going up for a few long stretches
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 9 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      Routes with this trail

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      Lion Gulch Shuttle10 miles

      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      Pumpntrail (Mar 15, 2019 at 13:46)
       Best ridden as a shuttle from the Limber Pine Trail in Homestead Meadows
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Abacall (Jul 7, 2019 at 7:13)
       Definitely not fun uphill, a blast downhill.
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      • + 1
      roaming50 (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]
      • + 0
      srstudent (May 15, 2020 at 20:19)
       Absolutely no reason to climb this. Either shuttle from hermit park or ride a loop via the road (not on a weekend ideally for traffic). Great descent! Look out for rim killer rocks.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      jamesdamon (Jun 17, 2020 at 8:10)
       Best when connected to Limber Pine trails for the continuous ride—good fun downhill, plenty of rocks for a technical descent. Only bike uphill if you like to hike with a bike
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      • + 1
      provin1327 (Aug 15, 2020 at 12:55)
       Why on earth would anyone want to climb up this? It's gnarly enough riding down. This trail was fun and I am glad I did it as a shuttle with two vehicles from the Limber Pine trailhead. This trail has a great mix of loose, chunky, technical downhill riding followed by punchy technical climbs that put your riding skill to the test. Fun and different.
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      • + 0
      xav1029 (Sep 12, 2021 at 7:45)
       While I love me some techy single track, this trail was not worth the pedal up. A lot of uphill foot traffic makes it difficult to find good momentum. I enjoyed the trails at the top much more. It was a fun trail though as long as you can shuttle it.
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