Youngs Gulch is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bellvue, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
There are varying elevations which are easy to moderate with nice scenic views. There are also about 6 streams to walk through which are very refreshing for hot feet and your furry friend(s). Wear loose clothing and comfortable CLOSED TOE shoes. Also, make sure you bring plenty of water and a camera. There were several dogs off leash. Read the mountain lion sign before you start (which are not often seen but...)!
Back in 2009 my parents, brother's family & our family did part of this trail with 4 young children (ages 7, 5, 3 & 2). There were multiple stream crossings, but it wasn't bad at all. (Of course during high run-off it might be a lot more challenging.) The trail wasn't terribly difficult as I recall. It was well marked, well maintained, and very interesting to all of the children especially. We all loved this trail & knew we would want to do it again when the kids were a little older. Then in 2012 the High Park fire happened. Young's Gulch was affected & has been closed since. Hoping it will really re-open by 2017. Also! In 2009 there were plenty of mountain lion warnings. Who knows how the fires changed the cougars' hunting patterns. But keep that in mind next year. Actually, we treat every trail in CO as if we need to beware of cougars.
Trail is closed right now. Sign says till 2017. Looks like it will be lots of fun though.
Not a good trail for winter. Crossing halfway frozen rivers/streams for at least the first mile and the trail is not marked well. 2 miles in I fell through one of the rivers.....I wasn't the only one.
The trail is still closed until 207. Wish I'd read the other reviews!
The trail is closed until 2017.
As of Sept. 2013 this trail is closed because floods destroyed it.
Quick fun trail that was surprisingly flat for all the elevation gain. Good to do on hot days as most of the trail is in the shade.