Due to a lapse in federal funding, this USDA website will not be actively updated. Once funding has been reestablished, online operations will continue. On-going operational updates will be posted here (https://www.fs.fed.us/shutdown) as we are able to provide them.

 

Butler Gulch Trail

  
The moderate to steep climb travels through spruce/fir forest on a narrow closed road. This leads to an open bowl and is a great for viewing wildflowers in the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter.

At a Glance

Usage: Moderate
Restrictions: Trail is closed to all motor vehicles including snowmobiles.
Closest Towns: Empire, CO
Water: Stream treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: Henderson Mine and U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From I-70, take exit 232 to US 40,proceed northwest approx. 9 miles to small town of Berthoud Falls. Turn left at the sign for Jones Pass/Henderson Mine. Follow paved road 1.6 miles to a gate, turn right on Forest Road 144. The trailhead is a half mile ahead.

Activities


Hiking

Hide detail HIDE

Day Hiking

The moderate to steep climb travels through spruce/fir forest on a narrow closed road. This leads to an open bowl and is a great for viewing wildflowers in the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter.
Fire InformationUnless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Nature Viewing

Show detail SHOW

Winter Sports

Show detail SHOW


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recreation/climbing/recarea/?recid=28504&actid=50