Lion Gulch Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Lion Gulch Trail is a 5.7 mile out and back trail located near Lyons, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1354 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

views

Trail is open after being closed due to floods in early 2017. The trail has changed and is not well marked. More work will be done to improve the trail going forward.

hiking
5 days ago

This was a really pretty trail that was relatively easy - just one small stretch of rocky, steep trail. It was a great trail for the dogs. We were a little disappointed by the lack of any awesome views but the history of the old homesteads made up for it.

6 days ago

Windy & relaxed switchbacks, nice leaf coverage, great for dogs (which can be off-leash) and relatively few people. Overall very lovely!

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1 month ago

A nice moderate-effort hike you can do in a few hours. Previous reviewers mentioned that the new trail was hard to follow in places... we saw that a lot of very recent work has been done to improve that, and we had no trouble. The trail itself is not remarkable in any way, and doesn't offer any 'wow' views. However, the historical information and ruins are very interesting and worth seeing. So 3 stars for the trail, but 5 stars for the history - averages to a 4.

hiking
1 month ago

Officially, Lion Gulch Trail goes 3.7 miles (not 2.8 as AllTrails indicates), but once into the meadow area, I would at least go visit the Griffith homestead area as it has 3 different building ruins and this area is easy walking.
There are a few rough patches to the trail, but the distance, steepness, and elevation is not more than moderate. All three of us wore shorts and I thought about the poison ivy as the trail sometimes goes through bushy areas. However, none of us had a problem, but still be aware.
While this trail has few great vistas, I thought it had other things to offer and was pleasantly surprised.

hiking
1 month ago

If this is moderate, what is hard?

This is a beautiful trail. It was like the best of Middle Earth, Narnia and Colorado in one trail. It was, however quite difficult, with steep rocky hills, and my mom and I were both sore afterwards but we felt it was worth it.

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3 months ago

Trail is open, the trail has changed and was not well marked. went crosss country and saw 2 bucks and 1 snow shoe hare. Ranger was doing some minor work on new bridge and was going to try to block old trail better

4 months ago

I like this trail. word to the wise re: poison ivy you can get it from the stems as much as from the leaves. If you spray any possible contact areas, pant legs, shoes,dogs with a light soapy water solution before you touch em you can decrease the severity n likely eliminate all the oil residue that is the cause of the blisters

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4 months ago

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Closed, Schmosed!

Yes, it is closed because the main bridge is out at the first crossing over the Little Tom. Fortunately, after about June or so, the water is low and slow enough that you can easily cross over to hit the rest of the trail. In terms of the trail itself, some volunteer work was performed on at least part of the trail in 2014 and a new pedestrian bridge was built over the second Little Tom crossing, thereby clearing the path for resumption of hiking.

Hiked much of it yesterday (encountered some poison ivy and decided to turn around past a certain point, so I didn't make it to the homesteads) and what I hiked looked great, so much so that I'll go back once the ivy has been frosted over and killed.

Disclaimer: The trail is officially closed, as the signs indicate, so I cannot officially recommend accessing it. This review is for entertainment/informational purposes only. I was never here.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Haven't even hiked it yet but the fact that fallen trees and washed out ground is present makes it so much more exciting!!!!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Thought I'd check it out, hoping it was open by now since I wanted to hike with my dog, and it is still closed. Wonder if it will be reopened eventually.

hiking
Friday, October 30, 2015

Yes the trail is closed due to the flood that took out the bridge, the creek is so low that you can easily cross, and the trail goes on from there. My hiking buddy and my went straight up the mountain 1,300 ft to the top off trail and hand a wonderful time, but it was extremely difficult through all the dead trees. Not for beginner hikers. There is a campsite at the top carefully laid stones, and a full fireplace with cooking utensils and a latrine made of rocks. If you want to be off the grid before the snow comes, this is your last resort.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Trail is closed- people are hiking back anyways, but having difficulty finding and staying on a trail. So sad, I've been wanting to do this hike for a long time.