Lower Dadd Gulch Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Lower Dadd Gulch Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bellvue, CO that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.9 miles 1705 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers


Easy hiking along creek/stream, up through ponderosa pines, aspens, and views of rock outcrops. Hike becomes moderate depending on your ability as it ascends through old burn area upto Dadd Gulch Road (dirt). Great hike for dogs.

2 months ago

Total Dad trail if you know what I mean! Super kid friendly, great elevation gain, nice scenery, but crazy amounts of manure! Bummer it's open to horses but I understand. Check out big south just a little further up the road. Much better stuff going on up there.

3 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

9 months ago

Should have had crampons. It's really icy and muddy right now.

2 years ago

Pretty great hike in mid June. Creeks are just high enough to be fun but not so high as to make crossing them too difficult. Everything was very green. Elk tracks and scat seen, so I can assume the elk are in the area. Overall, not too hard, but still very enjoyable.

3 years ago

My dog (Bandit) and I hiked this trail today and found that the spring (water) crosses the trail several times. Most of the crossings are easily accomplished with well placed rocks to step on, but some spots can get muddy. Take your old shoes if you don't want to get your new ones muddy! Great hike!!!

3 years ago

This was a pleasant hike and a little more work than I thought it would be (in comparison to Hewlett Gulch). There was a tiny herd of cows on the trail, which was fine, except that there was a ton of cow pies!! I loved the ponderosa pine and scattered groves of aspen- along with the rock formations, this was a pretty trail.

3 years ago

Went the wrong way and had to hike up the gulch which was rough but fun and worth it. Very secluded and mossy.

3 years ago

Good hike. Moderate. Good for dogs, didn't get to take Katie this time. July 14th was a great day, it was cloudy and it started to thunder. I was one hour into the hike and had to turn around. 40 minutes to get back down. Got in the truck and it started to rain! Good Timing!

4 years ago

Good hike and calorie burn. Ample water on this trip for dogs to cool paws! Evidence of animal kill cannot confirm if wildcat. Wildflowers are emerging on this trip. Hiked with dog and reached dirt road in 1.5 hours. There are a couple of boulders to sit on, but the area at turn around is not that scenic! There is an area that may be better suited for a relaxing lunch just before you reach the turn around. I'm 5'11" and 167# and burned 1200 for the entire out and back trip. Return trip was about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Getting old! Depending on fitness level, this hike starts easy and becomes slightly moderate as you get closer to the the turn around. Lots of sun and shade for summer hiking.