Butler Gulch Trail

HARD 181 reviews
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Butler Gulch Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Berthoud Falls, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1591 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowboarding

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
4 days ago

Love this trail. We went there twice this year. The flowers, creeks, awesome view above the tree line.

hiking
8 days ago

This trail was fairly difficult. Steady incline all the way up. Water source for dogs, and lots of pretty flowers. Great views. At the top there is an old mine shaft that my dog and I are convinced is haunted. Enjoy!

hiking
11 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike! Good steep incline through the woods, and gorgeous views above treeline. Was able to trail run down about half of it without worrying about big rocks/tripping hazards.

hiking
12 days ago

12 days ago

Although short, it's a steep enough hike. The mines/historical relics are a bonus that bump this trail to a 5.

Great trail, I would rate this as easy personally but my hiking companion probably would have rated medium to difficult. Beautiful creek crossings and wildflowers still in bloom on 9/1. Final turnaround point was confusing and we almost ended up on Herman gulch trail. look for wooden post as end of trail marker.

19 days ago

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22 days ago

Beautiful hike with legit incline going up. You will get an excellent workout and it's well worth it. This has it all: Forested section with flowing creeks, mini-waterfalls and wildflowers. And once above the tree line, you're met with incredible views. There's an abandoned mining area with an old vehicle there. If one wants, the trail continues past the mining area and goes up about half of a mile to great views at almost 13,000 ft.

25 days ago

Great trail. It's a bit of a climb, but not too crowded. Wild flowers were incredible. Parking was confusing. You have to go beyond the first parking lot and it's just down the road.

27 days ago

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1 month ago

As many people note, there is a fairly steep incline for most of the trail. Until you get above the tree line, it is mostly shady. The water levels weren't too high so I was able to make all the river crossings without getting my shoes wet. The wildflowers were in full bloom. At different spots, you see different flowers, which makes the climb worthwhile.

What others haven't included in directions to reach the trail head: most of the trail itself is actually the continuation of the dirt road you drive up. You walk beyond the gate that blocks the road and has a "Motor Vehicles Prohibited" sign on it and just keep on the road, which at some point becomes more of a path. Nowhere on the gate or the trail/road/path are any signs. The last - and only - sign you'll see that says Butler's Gulch is a bit below the gate.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best hiking ever with lots of water streams and beautiful flowers and wild life. It's a hard one so take plenty of water if the weather is hot.

1 month ago

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