Lion Gulch Trail (#949)


The trail at Lion Gulch. Trail is surrounded by aspen and pine trees.

Note: Please avoid all construction equipment and stay out of fenced areas.

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.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Trail Regulations o No motorized equipment o Leave historic artifacts as you find them o Certified weed-free hay is required for stock o Dogs must be on a hand held leash.
Closest Towns: Estes Park
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
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General Information

Directions: Travel on U.S. Highway 36 to the Lion Gulch Trailhead parking lot. It is located 7 miles east of Estes Park and 13 miles west of Lyons on the south side of U.S. Highway 36 at mile marker #8.

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Beginning Elevation: 7,360' - Peak Elevation: 8,520'