Grizzly Gulch Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews
#80 of 149 trails in

Grizzly Gulch Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly 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.

5.1 miles
918 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking




wild flowers



4 months ago

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.

trail running
11 months ago

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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 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.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

Friday, December 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
Monday, June 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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