This trail is permanently closed/decommissioned
5 miles
1,440 ft
-278 ft
1 miles
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Young Gulch Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Roosevelt National Forest
    Fort Collins, Colorado
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  • Trail type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions

In the spring of 1919, the city of Fort Collins developed a property known as Young's Gulch, building a road and planting trees with the aid of the Forest Service. Little evidence of the original road remains, but the trail that resulted is currently known as Young Gulch.The trail meanders up Young Gulch and Prairie Gulch, crossing the stream many times. The climb is very gradual and scenic with shrubs, juniper, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir along the hillside. After passing through a large meadow, the trail ascends for about another mile to end at the edge of private property overlooking the Stove Prairie Road. Please do not trespass. Young Gulch trailhead accommodates approximately 12 vehicles.


Young Gulch trail will be closed all of 2018, due to flood damage. Work is continuing on this trail as conditions allow. The trail is expected to reopen in 2019.

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More Stats for Young Gulch Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,162 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,865 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,865 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,027 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4,577 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,943 ft
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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