Grizzly Gulch Trail is a 8.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.2 km Elevation Gain: 280 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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horseback riding

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wildlife

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NOTE: As of March 2020, the road leading to the trailhead is closed. The start of the trail is right off the freeway.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Fantastic snowshoe/skinning trail. The road is closed so the start is right off the highway. Gorgeous scenery, deep snow.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Nice trail. Unless you have a 4x4 you’ll have to park at the parking at hike an extra 1.4 miles to get to the trail head. The very top is covered with 2.5 ft of powder. We had to stop about .5 mi before the end of the trail. Perfect for snowshoeing

skiing
snow
4 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This is a jeep road mostly through forest and often along a stream with multiple beautiful views of Grays, Torreys, and Grizzly Peaks. There are 4 significant water crossings. They were a little daunting for some of our group. Stepping stones were a little icey. We started at the bottom of Stevens Gulch road adding a steep mile each way. We saw a Toyota Corolla at the trail head, but I can't imagine making it up Stevens Gulch Road in that car. We hiked on a Saturday 10/19 and there was 1 to 2 inches of snow on most of the trail with occasional ice underneath. Got to the parking lot at 8:30, and we were the second car. There was still parking at trailhead at 9:15. Didn't need to use spikes, but helpful for some in our group. Poles helped with water crossings. We hiked a little over 4 miles to the 4th water crossing and we were rewarded with a beautiful view of Grizzly Peak. No toilets at bottom of Stevens Gulch road or trailhead, so stopped at visitors center in Georgetown. Bathrooms were open even though visitors center was closed. Also there were two avalanche chutes at about 3 miles in that gave a stunning view of the mountains but would be dangerous in winter. There were downed trees on either side of the trail there.

hiking
8 months ago

This is actually a rough Jeep trail. Has some great views though, and a couple creek crossings

hiking
bugs
muddy
9 months ago

This hike was still quite muddy even in a dry August. It offers beautiful views throughout, but it takes a little work! Something to note: the initial rushing creek that you come to in the first .5 miles of the hike can be crossed over a bridge to the left of the trail. You have to hike in a little, the trail isn't completely obvious, but there's a sturdy bridge to get you over! Otherwise, the trail is nice, if a bit rocky. There is another creek that requires crossing without a bridge, I recommend just taking your shoes off and crossing that way, even though the water is a bit cold :) there were some places where fallen trees covered the trail, but all the work was worth the beautiful views at the end.

hiking
10 months ago

River was at high speeds and dangerous yesterday. We ended up hiking around the abandoned mines. Will come back in a month or so.

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bugs
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snow
10 months ago

Three avalanche fields to cross as of 07/07. Snow at the top. Several heavy snowmelt crossings, expect wet feet.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. Fantastic views and a great hike. Just be prepared for river crossings (no bridges) and two avalanche fields that have covered the trail. A bit challenging to navigate over the mess of trees, but a great experience nevertheless.

hiking
Fri May 31 2019

Hiked this in mid March 2019. Snowshoes needed pretty much the whole well. Stellar views, great work out. Make it to the top it is worth it! Will be coming back.

hiking
Sun May 26 2019

5/26: Should have probably brought the snowshoes. Some really beautiful views. Trail head is off the parking lot for Grays.

Mon Oct 15 2018

Though it was nice, after a few miles of 4x4 road its more like walking on a wide trail. Where the map shows the end of the trail, you can cut left and go up a ways toward Torreys peak

hiking
Wed Apr 18 2018

This review is for the walk up Steven's Gulch Road from i70 to the summer trailhead for Gray's Peak (which shares the first portion of this trail). Due to how deep the snow was, I did not follow the trail shown here but stayed on Steven's Gulch Road. I clocked it at closer to 6 miles RT. Would suck in the summer with all the vehicle traffic but it ROCKS in the winter. Within the first half mile or so, the road became inaccessible to all vehicles (saw a few people stuck) so it becomes a great hiking trail.

running
Fri Aug 25 2017

This is mostly a forest service road that beyond the first 1/4 mile would only be suitable for a quad or UTV. However, on foot it's easy! There is a stream to cross that I drove across and parked on the other side. There were a few other shallow creeks along the way but there were either logs across them or rocks to cross on. At the end of the road it was all worth it, the trail ends in a bowl filled with wildflowers besides Torreys. At the top of that you could hike up to the cirque and you had an awesome, unobstructed view of two valleys. There was still some snow in piles hanging out up there (8/19) but it was mostly clear. I only had a 2L trailrunning pack on for jogging/running and it wasn't bad at all. I ended up stopping to take a bunch of pictures which significantly added to my time. There's some cool old mines/equipment along the way to see too on the other FS roads.

I took the dogs here last week, and there was a stream with pretty high water crossing the path about 5 minutes into the hike. I didn't want to risk it, so we just wandered around the area, which has some really cool old mines. I'm going to try again later in the summer or fall, and hopefully the water won't be so high.

hiking
Wed Aug 31 2016

Trail is actually a 4x4 road located exactly where the trail head marker is. There is parking for about 10 cars at the trail head. If your planning on driving this trail, you better have some clearance, as spots get pretty rough. Beautiful views of Gray's Peak. Steady incline, yet you don't feel it, as it is pretty gradual. Great for dogs because the trail follows a creek up.

hiking
Sun Aug 21 2016

Good climb along a mountain stream. Ends at a water pipe.

hiking
Fri Dec 27 2013

Beautiful are but trailhead was impossible to find. We just parked the car and started walking. Ended up in the awesome meadow with great views but probably couldn't find it again if I tried.

mountain biking
Mon Jun 24 2013

It was unclear what/where this trailhead was meant to be. Ended up riding double track roads or abandoned mining roads for a bit, looking for the "trailhead" but couldn't figure it out. Riding toward the Grays trailhead was nice with pretty creek views.

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