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Hewlett Gulch Trail is a 8.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bellvue, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,174 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no shade

hiking
44 minutes ago

Water levels were pretty high so don’t wear shoes that you don’t mind getting soaked. Saw 3 snakes on the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful wildflowers especially at the high elevation portion of the hike! Not too muddy either!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike. We took the loop to the left and it was as previous post writers have said much steeper. Lots of folks on this trail with their dogs. Very disappointed to see the amount of waste left behind by people. Tissues, plastic bags, bags with dog poop in them. Remember to leave no trace!

hiking
22 days ago

Hit up this super dog friendly trail almost weekly now, the creek is running a bit higher , standard for the time of year (don't forget a fresh pair of socks!). On the back side of the loop there were some animal remnants, so keep a close eye on your pups so they don't snack on any unapproved 'treats'. Is a bit crowded on the 'stick', but definitely thins out when you get to the 'lollipop' section. If you choose to go left at the loop, steeper switchbacks with no shade get you to the top faster, if you choose right at the loop, more creek crossings and then a long slower ascent to the top. Both options are great, keep a friendly eye out for all the (allowed) off-leash pups.

hiking
25 days ago

Cool lazy day hike beautiful with the hazy sky. Not difficult but is a good training trail as the length will help build stamina. The loop does get the heart rate up.

hiking
28 days ago

Trail was totally dry. Water level is high so some of the crossings are a bit more difficult than usual. Overall good hike. Saw 2 snakes.

hiking
muddy
snow
28 days ago

One of my favorite hikes EVER! First two (and last two) miles are mostly flat with stream crossings. Open sky and beautiful meadows. We went counterclockwise around the loop, which was probably a little easier. Probably will go clockwise next time for bigger climb. Either way, moderate trail with beautiful views. Perfect for trail running. Off-camber parts make the ankles tired but that was probably 0.75 mi. Highly recommend. Quite muddy on 4/20 but should be dry now.

hiking
30 days ago

Great trail to wear out my 11 month lab/pit mix puppy! She loved romp in’ around in the creeks! Today was cloudy which was great as the loop portion doesn’t offer much shade.

mountain biking
rocky
1 month ago

great trail! as mountain biking goes, there is a little bit of everything. I went left at the trail split which provides a brutal but fun long technical climb. once you reach the summit, you begin a long flowy downhill ride. you experience some techy sections but before long, you reach the tail split. in the spring there is about 7 stream crossings, all manageable.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Great hike today. Started at 0830 and the temp was just over freezing. Trail was icy with snow pack. Metal cleats were a big help. On the way out the higher temps and sun turned the trail to mud with running water.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely trail in full sun. Did this with our dog, who thoroughly enjoyed being off the leash. Wide trail, so easy to social distance. Crossed the stream multiple times. No snow or mud and the start of some plaque flower starting to bloom.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail! Moderate the first two miles with some fun stream crossings and a beautiful and unique climb the last two miles. No more snow left on any of the trail. Be safe and maintain social distancing!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

I haven’t explored much of Poudre Canyon, and boy have I missed out. Did this as a trail run, and it’s great as a trail run. Good 2 mile warmup with little elevation gain, then the tough loop, but doable, then the 2 mile cool down. Be warned though- there are many creek crossings! Some were fun, and two or three were a little sketchier with branches haphazardly strewn across as a sort of bridge. But kids and dogs and adults alike all made it work! It’s a bit muddy but not terrible. Enjoy! Lovely loop!

hiking
1 month ago

Little muddy near the stream. Virtually no snow on the trail at all. The hike could be more beautiful later in the year with flowers and green around. Some shade at the start. The hike is rated moderate only because of its length. Not much incline.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Trail on southern exposures have occasional snow patches. On northern exposures trail has snow. Forest Service has announced outhouses, picnic areas and campgrounds will be closed starting 3/27. Keep social distancing on the trail.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with gulch flowing right by! Path was very muddy and snowy close to the loop

recorded Hewlett Gulch Trail

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

icy
muddy
2 months ago

2/29/20 a little muddy and a little icy. no spikes needed but welcome in a couple spots this is a fine trail but not particularly special. it's much easier than it's moderate rating. the length is the only challenge about this trail. figure ~3-4 hours for the loop. for trail running this is an excellent training trail.

cross country skiing
icy
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Super fun trail! Pretty snowy up around the top loop (Feb 17) but the rest of it is very runnable (for the trail runners reading!). Manageable without spikes for the time being.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a lovely trail, and I've hiked it several times. Today, 2/17/20, it was a solid sheet of ice and you need spikes. Seriously, ALL ice. This trail is mostly in the open, so in the summer you'll want to start early. There are numerous water crossings and no bridges, so you rely on rocks to get across. In the spring when there's lots of run-off, the trail can flood and the rocks for the crossings get covered with water, so just plan for that.

hiking
icy
muddy
3 months ago

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