Bartlett Gulch Loop Trail

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San Isabel National Forest

Bartlett Gulch Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twin Lakes, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 925 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

bugs
muddy
11 days ago

Hiked 5/23/20: Stunning trail! I followed the advice of the many trekkers before me and did this as an out-and-back with the addition of the extra 10 mins to see Lily Pond. Absolutely no regrets, but on the way down, I encountered many people coming up, and it was a very narrow single track at times, making it a bit tricky with a dog. would 100% do this trail again! Get there early, the parking fills up fast. I was there at 830 am and saw two people the entire way there and about 40 people on the way back.

scenic driving
rocky
20 days ago

Near halfway the gps recording trail is off, we had to backtrack a few times. The walk home is a dirt road you can drive up to camp. 1st half of the hike is good second not so great

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful views with a nice burn, but not too challenging.

hiking
24 days ago

Only a few patches of snow left on the trail. Beautiful hike, and we saw no one else on the entire hike. One thing to be aware of, though, is that there aren’t signs specifically for Bartlett Gulch; you’ll follow 125B then the Colorado trail. Just a heads up!

This route tests your patience and willpower more so than anything else. The views make it all worth it, especially in the winter season.

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icy
muddy
off trail
snow
3 months ago

would wear atleast microspikes otherwise mostly snow pack some ice and mud

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Snow is pretty packed. I brought a pair of crescent moon Evas that are pretty useless for going up but they actually handled well in the packed down snow. Had to turn back for dark clouds at the summit.

hiking
8 months ago

Been travelling and hiking the western half of North America for 6 months and this short trail in fall is one of the most beautiful so far.

hiking
8 months ago

So this "loop trail" is actually a segment of the Colorado Trail/Elbert Trail that leads to an upper Elbert Trail. So the second half of the loop is actually a 4WD road down from the upper Elbert Trailhead, back to the lower Elbert Trailhead. So the map on here is a little misleading, I wouldn't really consider it a loop trail. I still give this 4 starts because the first half of the trail was absolutely beautiful with the aspen forest and creek; I thoroughly enjoyed it! However, I would recommend just hiking out/back on the Colorado Trail/Elbert Trail and skipping the 4WD road loop!

hiking
9 months ago

So many aspens!!

hiking
10 months ago

Good trail. Lots of gorgeous aspen groves. Highly recommend downloading the offline map because the trail is not clearly marked as the Bartlett Gulch Loop Trail and intersects with other trails that can creat confusion.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

We used the southern (CO Trail) portion of this trail to get to our overnight camping location. We went past the turnaround point, still on the CO Trail, then took trails (not marked on this map) to a campsite at the east end of Lily Pond (~3 miles total). CO Trail was well maintained, steady grade, manageable for kids as young as 9 w backpacks. Pretty scenery of the mountains on the way up. A few nice, but not spectacular, overlooks of Twin Lakes.

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike with some elevation gain. Totally clear. No snow.

hiking
Tue Jun 04 2019

Hiked from the south Elbert trailhead, the 2wd parking lot. Everything was dry and enjoyable. Went down the stairs and went the alpine route first then took the 4wd route down. The 4wd portion has a spot where water runs over it but there are rocks to walk on too.

hiking
Sun Sep 30 2018

camped nearby past Lakeview camping (it was closed). Plethora of camping spots and all along the road to Elbert upper trailhead. We took the lower trail up and looped back on the road. Saw a few deer! And went past the upper trailhead a little to see the beaver dam. My pup loved it and we enjoyed the leaves!

Sat Sep 22 2018

Best to hike when the aspens are in full color! Breathtaking!! Only downside is one half of the loop was fairly heavily traveled by 4WD vehicles.

hiking
Tue Jul 31 2018

This trail would be a 5 in Illinois, for instance, but in Colorado, there are much better options. Beautiful aspen groves and a few scenic overlooks, but too many campers. No wildlife. The northern leg of the route is a 4WD track and you will have to move over for trucks etc. Highly recommend the short loop at the northwest end of the trail, where you can find the longest beaver dam any of us had ever seen. Would have rated this as moderately trafficked, and definitely on the easy side of moderate.

Sun Jun 17 2018

Great hike..beautiful stroll through the aspens. This trail is actually just the lower part of the South Elbert trail. At the S Elbert parking lot take the lower trail. Follow the trail to the split of the S Elbert and Colorado trail sign, there will be a 4x4 road, take it to the right to loop back around. Be sure to visit the beaver ponds!

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Mon May 28 2018

I loved the hike but had issues with The AllTrails route a few times. And walking up the 4x4 road at first was concerning but the hike got Way better! It is worth it to go just a touch past the turnaround and visit the Lily Ponds.

hiking
Mon Oct 02 2017

This is a really beautiful loop! Perfect fall foliage hike, even though we were about a week past peek. Highly reccommend.

hiking
Sun Aug 27 2017

We are out-of-towners that camped at Twin Lakes. We hiked this trail our first day in the mountains as it was close to base and rated moderate. Nice way to get adjusted to the altitude and catch some scenery. Beautiful views of the lakes!

hiking
Thu Aug 03 2017

Great hike for first time hikers! Amazing waterfalls and Lake. And the view of the Mountains, Aspen Trees and Wildflowers are incredible!

Sun Jul 23 2017

Great hike with so much beauty along the way, highly recommend. Aspens, wildflowers many streams and a beautiful waterfall! We took the lower trail in and back as the upper is a 4x4 road. Hiked to Lilly Pond and saw the beaver dam, go to end end of the small lake, turn around and prepare for the gorgeous view! The trailhead is called Mt. Elbert and this trail is part of the continental divide trail.

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