Homestead Meadows is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
A hike that takes you back into history after a nice walk up a scenic gulch. The trail progresses in a westerly direction up a narrow and scenic gulch. There are several bridges and log crossings on this trail. The third bridge is about a mile from the trailhead after you go about 2.5 miles you will start to enter the meadows, where the trails follow old logging roads that are fairly level. There are eight homesteads in the area, four are to the South, two are in the vicinity of the main meadows and the other two are to the North and North East. The Irvin Homestead accesed by trail 1004 is worth the extra walk, there are some awesome views of the Mummy Range in that area. If you visit the homesteads that are located to the South you will traverse thru the remnants of the Big Elk Fire, which destroyed the Engert Homestead in 2002. The Laycook Homestead is about a mile South of the trail junction and sits at the head of a large meadow where Elk can be seen. There is a wonderful pamphlet available about the homesteads at the RMNP gift shop
Took the connector trail from Hermit Park Open Space. Explored several old homesteads and a sawmill. The best part of the outing was seeing the homestead ruins and getting a little history lesson along the way from the interpretive signs. Didn't see anyone else on the trail the entire time I was there. Hiked a total of 9.2 miles and could've gone a lot farther but had time constraints. The inclines were mild. In several areas, the trails were somewhat overgrown and not well maintained.
Perfect spot for a family hike and camp out in the wilderness. Can't wait to go back and hit the other trails in the area.
You can still reach this trail by going into Hermit Park Open Space, pay a $6 entry/daily fee and use the connector trail to Homestead Meadows. Hermit Park Open Space is dog-on-leash friendly and also has Kruger Rock trail there.
Trail is closed! People are still attempting to hike back- very few can find and keep on the trail... Someone took down the caution tape and now people just go and attempt it.
5/31/2014 - Lion Gulch Trailhead which leads to Homestead Meadows is closed due to the floods in 2013. There was trail work done this weekend but the middle section of the trail is still mostly destroyed.