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Butler Gulch Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Empire, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 1,502 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Scramble

Snow

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Lindsay Yoder
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike! My family (youngest is 9) could all do it easily although it’s a pretty decent incline towards the top. The trails were wide -plenty of room to cross paths. No bugs which was a pleasant surprise. We didn’t go all the way to the mines but what we did see was absolutely beautiful!

Sara Zessar
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This hike is gorgeous! It’s an uphill climb pretty much the whole way to the mine ruins. If you’re up for an even bigger challenge, keep going after the second set of mine ruins and hike up the narrow trail that goes along the mountain ridge. At the top, you can look down into a valley with a lake. You could probably even hike down to it but there’s no real trail.

Tom Catanzano
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Hiking

Great trail that's difficult on the way up but a breeze heading back. All incline so be sure to pack plenty of water. We got to the trail no problem with a Toyota Corolla. It was pretty busy especially for a Monday so try to go in off hours or get there early. Enjoy the views!

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Paige Simon
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Hiking

Great trail! It was a little steep, but it was a nice hike overall. It is best to go end of July to mid August. There are a lot of wildflowers along the whole trail, and a cool abandoned mine shaft at the top.

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Krystal Schuldheisz
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HikingGreat!

Steady incline essentially the whole way. Lots of creek waterfalls and AMAZING wildflowers after about the first mile. Got to the trailhead at 7:45am and had to park a tiny bit out. No porta so be prepared. Shaded most of the way until you get towards the top. My watch only recorded 970feet incline but I didn’t go to the very top. Hit a little over 6 miles. Didn’t see any wildlife, no bugs. This was an amazing hike! Lots of places to stop and view waterfalls and creek. I ate a snack right along the water in the wildflowers wide trail and most everyone was practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

Anitha G Thiru
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, lots of wild flowers, steady uphill, shaded almost the whole trail

Lindsay Larris
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Good trail, nice shading and small streams. Would like bigger payoff at top.

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Daniel Shah
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Really good

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Kyra Jacobson
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Beautiful wild flowers everywhere. We only hiked half of it with three young kids, and it was 99% shaded.

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Erin Sturm
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Hiked Sunday August 2, arrived around 7:45 and there was plenty of parking. first section of trail is wooded and follows a stream which you cross a few times... the first half of the trail is pretty wet, would recommend waterproof shoes for this one. opens up into beautiful gulch and the wildflowers are blooming right now. pretty uphill, pretty busy, most were good about wearing masks and putting them on to pass. definitely not a hike to do for solitude, but the old mine at the end is pretty cool.

Alana Broderick
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Hiking

Lots of beautiful wildflowers! Can be steep in spots, but the view at the top is worth it. More people than expected on a Wednesday, so if you want a hike that isn’t crowded, I probably would avoid this trail on weekends.

Austin Morgan
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail. We arrived pretty late, around 10:30, and had to park at the lower lot which was pretty full. Overall, good incline most of the way that made for a challenging but enjoyable hike for a couple flatlanders from Kansas. Soooo many incredible wildflowers and a few great waterfalls as well. Would highly recommend.

Sarah Gasior
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Wildflowers were amazing. The trail was pretty crowded for a Wednesday.

Ana Aguilera
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Hiking

Perfect time of year for this hike. A ton of flowers in bloom. We were unsure of where it ends as it seems you can keep finding something to hike. Great for mileage and building endurance as this trail has some elevation gain. Nothing a healthy person can’t handle. No bathrooms so prepare for that. Bring a light jacket, water, and a positive attitude.

Stephanie Walsh
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Hiking

Very pretty, but alltrails is vague about where the trail ends. We turned back at the mine ruins. No potties so prepare ahead for that.

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Andrea Adams
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Hiking

Such a beautiful trail! So many little veins that go off to the side where you can walk through a wonderland of nature magic. Has water and wild flowers are blooming like crazy right now! Definitely in my top five!

Kevin Dolan
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HikingGreat!

Awesome hike! Great mix of in the trees and open space in the mountains. Lots of wildflowers throughout the trail. Cool to see the mining equipment at the top.

Ersin Sulukioglu
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HikingGreat!

Stunning! Beautiful views and wildflower fields. One of my new fav trails. Definitely not an easy hike. I'd say for average hikers it's on the edge of moderate to almost difficult.

Seth Fink
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Hiking

Very nice hike, not too far from Denver. We arrived just after 8am today (Sunday, Aug 2), and were able to park in the main lot without any problem. The way in is a consistent incline, difficult at times, but manageable for anyone in decent shape. We didn’t see anyone on the first fifth of the hike, but once we hit the more difficult inclines, people were bunched up and moving at very differed speeds. There were a lot of people, mostly with masks, making their way up while we were on our way down. It’s definitely a pretty hike—and probably even more so if you follow the trail to the ridge. The trail, as mapped on All Trails, only took us 2.5 hours, including a 20 minute break. The wildflowers are beautiful right now. Definitely bring sunscreen for the second half of the trail!

Michelle Gagnon
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Hiking

So many wildflowers! A steep climb in places but totally worth it!

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Amanda Ahrens
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Aug 2nd wildflowers are in peak season and just beautiful. You do have to cross creek many times. Waterproof your shoes or be prepared to walk w wet feet. Highly recommend

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Hal Shapiro
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HikingGreat!

Wildflowers are definitely peaking! Amazing hike. Definitely get above tree line!

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Melissa Howard
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Absolutely gorgeous right now, bursting with wildflowers and breathtaking views! Most of the trail going up is an incline, but it's the second half that starts getting serious. I'm not I'm fantastic shape but was able to do it with frequent breaks. You get above the treeline and there's no shade and it's windy, so pack accordingly and don't forget sunscreen like I did . Get there early (before 8, the earlier the better) as parking fills quickly and having to park lower will add to the hike. Many unleashed dogs so keep that in mind if you bring your furry friend.

Thomas Hager
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Hiking

Good jog up to the waterfalls!!!

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Ethan C
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. I thought the prettiest part was just past the tree line, so hiking the extra half mile or so didn’t provide a lot of extra benefit from my perspective. That said, we had small children with us which changes the consideration a bit (and the last half mile is always the hardest for little legs). I would highly recommend!

Brandon Keim
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Kim W User
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HikingGreat!

This hike has it all - flowers, waterfalls, and views. And. surprisingly not as busy as some trails. You can go further than what is shown in the All Trails map. You will see the trail that goes up to the top of the ridge. You can also find a trail on the ridge that goes back down to the main trail so basically you have a loop at the top but it is extremely steep.

Samantha Rogers
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Hiking

My first solo hike! So many wildflowers! It was definitely steeper than I was imaging. There are a few rivers you have to cross on the trail and if you have a dog like mine who won't use the bridge, just be prepared to get them across. She did great just with her leash on and going across the rocks. The running water wasn't too fast but could be slippery. The last mile or so is out in the open so make sure to wear sunscreen. Was also a bit buggy up at the top as well.

Leigha Kelly-Knight
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HikingGreat!

This has to be one of my new favorites! There were still a decent bit of wild flowers out so such beautiful views! We kept going to the ridge and that was worth the extra.

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