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.

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.

Recreation Map

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Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

The trail descends to a bridge that crosses the North Fork of the Little Thompson River, where there is an informational plaque about Homestead Meadows. Along the trail look for remnants of the 2002 Big Elk fire. There are eight homesteads in this area, which were built between 1889 and 1923. A map of the meadows area is available at the Canyon Lakes Ranger District office. These homesteads may also be accessed through Larimer County's Hermit Park Open Space. See Lion Gulch trail for trailhead information.

Fire InformationCheck for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Campfires must be at least 100 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Backpacking

See Lion Gulch trail for trailhead information.
Fire InformationCheck for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Campfires must be at least 100 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
2.8 miles one-way

  Latitude : 
40.31512242220

  Longitude : 
-105.40533035500

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

 



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