Coulson Gulch Trail

  

Image of the Coulson Gulch informational kiosk and trail with a meadow in the background

Coulson Gulch Trail drops south at a moderate grade, crossing back and forth across a mostly dry streambed. At the open meadow area of Higgins Park, it joins the Button Rock Road (a turn to the east leads into City of Longmont's Button Rock Preserve and Ralph Price Reservoir).

Coulson Gulch Trail follows the old road one mile south to the North Saint Vrain Creek. The old road crosses the creek on a bridge and becomes the Button Rock Trail. The narrow trail clings to the canyon walls as it follows the North Saint Vrain Creek upstream for 1.4 miles.

The North Sheep Mountain Trail follows a side stream on the west side of North Sheep Mountain and climbs to Johnny Park Road. However it is not much used and is more of a navigation exercise than a trail. If you find your way to the top, a return can be made to Coulson Gulch Trailhead by turning right (east) 2.5 miles on Johnny Park Road.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Coulson Gulch trail remains partially closed on the south end due to flood damage. A Forest Order also prohibits use of the North Sheep Mountain Trail.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles prohibited. Fishing and hunting are allowed in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Lyons, Colorado
Water: North Saint Vrain Creek - treat water for drinking
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information

Directions:

From Lyons, travel 9.5 miles west on U.S. Highway 36. Turn southwest onto Larimer County Road (CR) 47. Follow CR 47 for three miles and veer left onto National Forest System Road 118 as the paved road curves right to enter Big Elk Meadows subdivision. Coulson Gulch Trailhead is to the left immediately after NFSR 118 crosses the cattle guard.


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  Area/Length : 
Coulson Gulch Trailhead to: North St Vrain Creek - 2.8 miles; North Sheep Mountain Trail - 4.2 miles

  Latitude : 
40.250007

  Longitude : 
-105.411367

  Elevation : 
6,750' - 7,700'