Lovell Gulch Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Colorado Springs: Drive 18 miles west on Highway 24 to Woodland Park. Turn right on Baldwin Avenue at the traffic light immediately east of the McDonald's. Continue driving straight on this road. It becomes Rampart Range Road within a mile. The trailhead is north of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road, next to the City Road Maintenance Building.
Great hike! Easy signs to follow along the way.
Our first hike in Woodland Park, and it was beautiful!
First trail our family did since arriving. Great scenery, small stream crossing. Good for beginners.
Great loop along creek and through many aspen groves. Very green, return loop in counterclock direction spends a bit too long under power lines. Very accessible and good parking.
went today. ...we got caught in a bad storm and we went to the left and that had some pretty steep hills. Overall it was good
We hiked this trail today with our dog. We are older and new at hiking so this hike was quite a challenge for us. We did as one of the other reviewers advised and went counterclockwise when we reached the loop which probably saved our lives. The steep hill we went down was crazy.. cant imagine if we had gone the other way and had to hike up it.. I don't know if we would have made it. We did make it all the way around.. it took us 3 hours to do the 5 miles.. again.. we are old and a bit overweight... so we were slow. we saw young people jogging the trails.. The views were amazing and we were proud of ourselves for completing the loop. We had a little trouble finding our car on the way back.. probably because we were so exhausted... but all in all we had a wonderful day. Its a great hike but a challenge as there were quite a few steep hills.
Nice trail with cool views, large electric lines running right through kind of steals any feeling of getting away. Has a lot of false trails coming off the main trail. I ended up getting off the trail and had to make my way down a steep grade off trail to get back to the trail head.
Good trail with easy markers for directions. river was small but offered by dog a nice cool drink. Incline was good exercise, will do again!
We passed the sign that said where the trail head was so I took a picture of it so other newbies would know where it was. The beginning of the trail is good and easy to hike. Some spots were muddy from melting snow on the trail. Yes. there are several trails that branch off but we were able to keep on the main trail by marked signs and visible wear on the main trail. As we got further into the gulch there was more snow and the trail had a lot of frozen areas. Everyone else who we ran into had crampons and I wished I owned a pair. We were still able to press on but it was a slow go of it.
If you go counter-clockwise, you ride up the single track and down the double track. There are a couple of creek crossings, but they are easy. It's a good grind uphill with a couple of real lung-busters, but nothing too bad. Not very technical, though there are a couple of rooty/rocky sections but nothing really hard. There was one root that was really fun to launch off off on the downhill. Not a lot of drops or jumps to be had. There are some steeps and the downhill going counter-clockwise is fast and furious. It might sound weird, the double-track doesn't feel like double-track so it's all good. Beware of loose granite in places. A fun ride overall.
Easy access, lots of shade some beautiful views. Didn't do the full loop; got caught in some rain and hale. Nice afternoon or last minute hike. I'll do it again after I check out other hikes in the area.
As a hike... not challenging, but I nice quiet area to move your legs at least. I've mtn biked in here too. Its not a technical ride at all, but you can get your speed up there if you like to ride fast.