Homestead Meadows Trail


The beginning trail at Homestead Meadows with an open field. An interpretive sign on the right.

Please note that the Homestead Meadows trail system was impacted by flooding in 2013. As a result, some portions are still closed. Please see our Flood Closure Information page for the latest updates.

The trail drops abruptly from the trailhead then begins a three mile ascent along a stream in Lion Gulch. It provides access to the area known as Homestead Meadows that is rich in the history of eight homesteads established there between 1889 and 1923. Information boards provide background stories at each location. A map of the meadows is available from the office. The Walker and Griffith Homesteads are located on the Lion Gulch Trail that terminates at Trail #971, just west of the third Griffith cabin. Just past the remains of the first Griffith cabin, a short-cut trail # 949.2 leads to the right. Trail #971-1 branches right and leads about a mile east to the Irvin Homestead and sawmill. A sign on Lion Gulch Trail at the east edge of Homestead Meadows indicates a short trail #949-1 heads to the south toward four homesteads via closed forest roads. The Big Elk fire in 2002 destroyed the Engert Homestead located on Trail 971-2 about a mile to the south. Trail #971 leads farther south to the Laycock Homestead and to trails #971-3 to the Hill Homestead and #971 continues to the Boren Homestead. A map of the meadows is available from the Canyon Lakes Ranger District office.

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

At a Glance

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

General Information

Directions: Homestead Meadows can be accessed via the Lion Gulch Trailhead. The trailhead parking lot is located 7 miles east of Estes Park and 13 miles west of Lyons on the south side of U.S. Highway 36.

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Horse Riding

See Lion Gulch trail for trailhead information.
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Difficulty Level: Moderate

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