Nice hike, but very confusing even following the trail app. map...Depending on which side of the Gulch you hike you'll get a better work out if you enter at the dog park (West side of the Gulch) We actually followed the wrong trail which added another mile to this hike. Well maintained, enough parking, dog friendly, peaceful stream with small waterfall. Great for all skill levels.
You can easily get lost, it's not an actual loop, but you can easily find your way back too. It was fun finding my way back. I ran most, walked some when the trails got narrow. Very peaceful, I saw 3 other people my entire time there on the trails (2 hours). I'll definitely be back for a nice weekday night.
You could easily get lost in these trails. We walked along the railroads to the top and tried to cut over to the trail, but kept going down paths that ended it seemed. Otherwise beautiful place and we only saw 4 other people the whole time. Very dog friendly
Alex M. on Japanese Gulch Loop Trail
Very confusing trails, but it feels secluded in the forest.