Gill Trail

HARD 30 reviews
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Gill Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sedalia, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fly fishing and is best used from April until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

fly fishing

hiking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Bailey: Drive east from Bailey on Highway 285 to Pine Junction. Turn right (south) on to Jefferson County Road 126 and travel 21.9 miles from Pine Junction to reach the trailhead. the road is pavel the entire way. There is a small parking area on the north side of the road. If the lot is full park at Wigwam Campground, 1.3 miles west.

hiking
6 days ago

Gorgeous day to view Cheesman Lake! We hiked on a Wednesday-no other hikers on the trail but did see a few fisherman on the river. We started at the lower parking lot area, first 45-60 minutes of hike-easy. Getting closer to the lake was pretty difficult-lots of loose gravel, pretty steep and hard to follow trail but the view when you get there (top parking lot-has road access) is worth it-we hiked back to the lower parking lot via road. About 4 hours total-with a few pit stops to enjoy the views.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

I'm not sure what Kyle below was talking about because the trail was beautiful. The beginning of the trail had a lot of the downed, burned trees he was talking about but once you got towards the river, you didn't see that any longer. We didn't make it all the way to the other end where the Cheeseman Canyon trail head was because the trail got really steep and was washed out with a lot of loose gravel which was out of my comfort zone. The river was so crystal clear you could see fish from way up above. The wild flowers were beautiful too. Not a lot of hiker traffic, mostly fisherman.

21 days ago

Would have been one star if not for seeing some fish in the river at the end. Scenery is HORRIBLE. How has no one in these reviews mentioned the forest fire which has completely killed away any fauna or flora. Miles of downed and burned trees. Hard rating is accurate. Lots of loose gravel and very steep although relatively short hike. DO NOT recommend. Hiked 6/5/17

hiking
23 days ago

Enjoyed the hike with adult family, it is was not much cooler than home in Centennial so take plenty of water if the weather is warm. good view of the Cheeseman Reservoir and the dam, mostly used by fly fisherman. Moderate rating comes from the last section, there is a fair amount of elevation drop and loose granite down to the river. Not very crowded as there were about 5 groups of hikers and people with fly rods we passed on our Sunday outing June

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with spectacular views of the lake and dam. Didn't see another hiker the whole trail. Went down to the river and ate at the picnic table at the bridge area. Parking at the top as suggested is the way to go. You even have a bathroom.

hiking
2 months ago

Nicely maintained trail, dogs welcome on leash. Listed as hard, but easy to intermediate.

2 months ago

Park at upper lot. Starts off with steep switchbacks and then levels out. Beautiful views and you can follow it down to the river if you want.

fly fishing
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. A little confusing on where the trail actually is. We parked at the upper lot and hiked the stream all the way to the dam to the lower lot then hiked the dirt road back. Plenty of spot to rest along the stream to watch fisherman.

hiking
3 months ago

Sunset hike in February! The trail was well maintained but the trailhead was not named "Gill Trail" Instead, the winding dirt road (Wigwam Creek Rd) lead down to a parking lot with a sign for "Canyon Trailhead" If you follow the directions posted above it will take you right to the parking lot at the base of the lake. We were driving a sedan that struggled a bit with clearance to get in the parking lot.
The trail starts with a pretty rambunctious inclined switchback, winds around trees, and then drops to the river and the dam. Because the trail wraps around the side of foothills, you are able to see the lake and the surrounding peaks most of the hike. We hiked the out and back in 3 hours with multiple stops to take in the scenery and watch the sunset. The only way this hike would have been more pleasurable is if it went all the way around the lake!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail. Well maintained with signs throughout yet didn't see one person the whole hike. The trail starts with an incline, levels out, and goes to a decline to a really nice view of a dam and a River in a canyon if you go far down enough.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail with gorgeous views of the lake, dam and Arkansas River. Trail is well maintained, although recent wind storm knocked a few trees onto it in a few spots. Hardly anyone was on the trail except for a handful of fly fishermen. Took my dogs and they loved it. Spotted two mountain goats up close too. Looking forward to going back.

hiking
6 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes that my dog and I have ever done! We hiked along the trail until we got to the river below the dam then hiked/ rock hopped along the river. Such a fantastic way to spend the day!

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is great. I would say the "hard" rating is a bit much. But it is a lot of up and down but very manageable. You do have to take a dirt road to the trail head. Only a short distance and it's very passable in a car. Awesome views, trail leads to a canyon river below a dam.