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Lovell Gulch Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a river 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: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 879 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Directions from Colorado Springs: Drive 18 miles west on Highway 24 to Woodland Park. Turn right on Baldwin Avenue at the traffic light immediately east of the McDonald's. Continue driving straight on this road. It becomes Rampart Range Road within a mile. The trailhead is north of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road, next to the City Road Maintenance Building.

walking
10 days ago

Great trail! It was just a lengthy enough trail and just enough elevation gain/loss. No water in the gulch so wouldn't say theres a river like it does in the description. Half/half of shade and sun. Saw a couple in their mid-late 70s trekking up the slope! Slow and easy gets it done!

hiking
11 days ago

it was mentioned to take the trail counter clockwise, and it was definitely worth it! beautiful views and awesome wilderness!

We went counterclockwise and somehow missed the white gulch trail. Nice trail anyway, well maintained, with a couple nice inclines but nothing dramatic. The smoke from the Durango fire made Pike’s Peak nearly invisible, and we were definitely breathing in some smoke particles.

hiking
23 days ago

Good wildflowers. Moderately used by locals, that is runners and day hikers. But not really too busy. Water running low, but running. Cool and windy day. Enjoyable hike.

hiking
23 days ago

Loved this trail! I came around 12:30 on a Monday and it wasn’t crowded at all. I passed maybe 5 others round trip. The trail is super easy to follow and is well-marked. There’s not any difficult terrain, although the trail gets pretty gravelly at times and you need steady footing. I hiked counterclockwise, and would definitely recommend doing so for the views you get on the descent. The incline was enough to make for a good workout, but I didn’t want to die. The hike was mostly sunny, which I enjoy. There are quite a few aspens throughout the hike - I’ll for sure be coming back in the fall! My only complaint is how obnoxious the bugs were.

hiking
24 days ago

We went the opposite way (left route) for a more challenging work out. The downhill the rest of the way was a great reward!

hiking
bugs
rocky
24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

someone had mentioned to do the trail counter clockwise and it did not disappoint. this trail is absolutely gorgeous! lots of alternating sun and shade and at approximately halfway into the trail you'll get stunning views of the mountains. AllTrails has it listed at 5mi but from the parking lot both my galaxy watch and Endomondo had me at a little over 6mi. it is moderate but not hard and I'll definitely hike it again when the aspens start to turn.

hiking
rocky
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

I did this one a few weeks ago to get my hiking legs back. There was little traffic on a Wednesday afternoon and the flowers were beginning to bloom.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy hike. Busy on a Sunday though

hiking
1 month ago

Great local trail to walk with the pup!

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail with plenty of Aspens. Need to come back in the fall when the Aspens start to change color. Great views of Pikes Peak when you reach the top. I went counterclockwise, seems more of a gradual incline. Clockwise seems lot steeper incline.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail with gorgeous views. Not the easiest so bring water.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hike but a little difficult at times, but that's what breaks are for. Not as much tree cover as I was hoping, so it got toasty. Decent views at points.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail full of different vegetation and natural environments. There are also plenty of opportunities to see Pikes without telephone wires in the way. I definitely recommend going counter-clockwise if you're not looking for too much of a challenge; clockwise has some insanely steep uphill portions. Plenty of shade in some parts except when you get to the "ridgeline". Mountain bikers do frequent this trail, so keep an eye and ear out for them.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy Trail , good for Family and dogs. Decent views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Definitely recommend this trail. Beautiful trees and wildlife.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with enough elevation gain to get a bit of a work out in too! Will do again! Generally good footing too!

hiking
1 month ago

Took the pooch and had a great hike. 10/10 would recommend

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely trail. I chose to go clockwise. It felt like it got the climbing out of the way at the beginning, which I appreciated. Also, easier on the knees maybe. Other than a couple places where there was road noise or power lines, really serene place. Over too quick.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Very clearly marked and easy to follow the diamonds. We went counter clockwise which I believe is the better choice, some steep inclines at the end. Took us just over 2 hours at a leisurely pace. Went on a Friday morning and did not see a lot of people. Great views for pics!

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice, pleasant, easy going moderate trail. We went counter clockwise but either way should work fine. The forest was beautiful with aspen groves (will go back in the fall to see the leaves change). There are views of Pikes Peak from the ridge on the back side of the loop.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice well maintained trail. I enjoy the time on trail with my furry baby...

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Very well maintained and clearly marked. Lots of sun, but also quite a few spots that were nice and shaded. Really enjoyed the diverse landscape as well. Most of the hike was a gentle ascent, but there were some spots that were pretty steep. Nothing that lasted too long, so would definitely still consider this a “moderate” hike. The 5 miles went very quickly and the views at the top were incredible. Some former reviewers said that the power lines got in the way of the view...super misleading! Don’t let that stop you from taking this hike! Ps, there’s also alpaca at the trailhead!!

hiking
1 month ago

A nice hike through the woods and a good view of Pikes Peak from the top. Good conditions, still some snow hiding in ravines. It's really borderline moderate. No scrambling. Good mountain bike trail.

hiking
2 months ago

You’ll notice that my starting point isn’t at the normal trailhead. I prefer to drive past it, up the dirt road, and park at the top by the big metal gate that’s right off the trail. This avoids having to walk in a half mile on the normal trail head just to get to the main trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing trail, one of my favorites. No real snow or mud to speak of. The views of Pikes Peak are amazing (although some are obscured by power lines). Very well marked trail, too.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Nice hike, but only occasional nice views. Mostly up and down through woods, and a little river in the beginning. The walk back was under powerlines.

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