Lovell Gulch Trail

MODERATE 102 reviews
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Lovell Gulch Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately 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
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
872 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

scenic driving

trail 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.

5 days ago

Nice trail. Contrary to previous post, bikers should be respectful of hikers, not the other way around. According to forest service rules, Bikes yield to both Hikers and and Horseback riders. This is especially important due to hills and blind curves where bikes could collide with hikers and Horseback riders with disastrous results for all.

20 days ago

Not many views, but a nice trip.

hiking
26 days ago

It's OK.

hiking
29 days ago

Really nice trail for novice hikers. Went clockwise to tackle the incline first, wooded with a few really nice views. After walking to the loop, the next couple miles were not easy due to rise in elevation, but not technical; lots of trail to work with. The descent was absolutely beautiful; really enjoyed the massive boulders, the woods closed in around you.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike. Snowed a few inches the night before which actually might have been a good thing, as it was pretty icy in some spots. We went clockwise and the 2nd half was really nice in the woods.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 2/17/18. Open spots on the trail were dry, shaded spots were snowy. Icy near the stream and a couple of places along the trail. Crampons/micros recommended but not absolutely needed. Beautiful trail with amazing views!

trail running
2 months ago

I usually run 2 miles in then turn around and head back the way I came. the loop is a bit too much for me now. It gets very steep towards that two mile mark. The views are amazing! I usually see one or two people. Most of the trail was clear and dry except for a very short section on the back side of the hill. This trail is really good for those looking to increase muscle and stamina. Road running will be a breeze after training here for a couple weeks!

3 months ago

Great place to mountain bike, hike, run, or let dogs run. If on foot, please be respectful to bikers. Dogs can be off leash if they respond to verbal commands. Sometimes busy after school/work and on weekends when the weather is nice. Tons of old trails still accessible, making this loop extend even further.

hiking
3 months ago

1/1/2018 Such a great place to hike. If you’re up in the Woodlands Park area definitely worth it. Took my 10yr old son and dog with no difficulties, we went on a Monday and only ran into maybe a half dozen people.
Update:
1/8/2018 Went again today did the whole loop, totally worth it. It’s 5.5 miles from where you park and back. Go left at the start of the loop if you want to get the hard stuff out of the way. Did not see a single person this time. Can’t wait to see this place in the spring.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty hike. Entrance can be hard to find (right in front of infrastructure building.

Hike is pretty easy, we took our 5 year old. Looks like there are some areas to go off trail that could be harder.

5 months ago

amazing hike. The views got better as I went through.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a moderately difficult trail that passes through forests of Spruce, Aspen, Pine, and Ponderosa pine. This trail has a little of everything, with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and hiking along side the stream. Trail 360 on YouTube

hiking
6 months ago

This was a pretty easy trail. A little difficult to stay on track as there are other trails that run in to it, but follow the markers of keep an eye on your map at intersections to make sure you don't get side tracked. I went right at the split which allowed for a good downhill run towards the end. Only saw a few other people (3 total) but this was a Monday morning. I'd assume weekends would be a bit busier.

hiking
6 months ago

On vacation and had several recommendations for this trail. It was beautiful and secluded. Be sure to go right at the trail sign by the creek, left is much steeper so was better for the descent. Watch for mountain bikes on the 1st mile. Mid Sept the aspen were beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

My son, GSD and I had a lot of fun during this hike today. It was peaceful, gave us some exercise and while we saw several people it did not feel to crowded. The only part I would correct in the description is the river, as they only water source we saw was an itty bitty creek.

hiking
8 months ago

Decent day hike. The trail does take you through some man made stuff (city buildings, telephone poles, a few houses) which is a negative for me. Pretty views, pretty easy hike.

hiking
8 months ago

I loved this hike! I took the counterclockwise way around the trail which was a good choice since the climb was very steady. There were plenty of offshoots from the trail in the first mile but after that, it's pretty easy to follow. My dog also loved it! Plenty of other friendly dogs to meet and several creek crossings where he could drink some water.

9 months ago

Awesome hike with beautiful wildflowers and amazing views! Only saw one other hiker the whole time but we went early on a Monday. The only reason I gave it four stars is some of the views get obstructed by telephone poles... it's too bad but still worth it and an awesome hike!!! Would definitely recommend.

trail running
11 months ago

Best to have your app out for the first 5-10 minutes as the signs saying "trail can lead you astray to the left if you haven't been here before. 15 May--66°, sunny. Great temperature, no snow in sight. Decent trail run, not much greenery or many water features. Trail follows power lines for over 50% of the distance. 3.5 stars. Nice to try once!

11 months ago

Be careful if you're following the map on the app as you do the loop. There are some parts that look like you're going off trail but you're still heading in the right direction. Just keep looking for poles with white diamonds.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Great hike! Easy signs to follow along the way.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

nice colors!

hiking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Our first hike in Woodland Park, and it was beautiful!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

First trail our family did since arriving. Great scenery, small stream crossing. Good for beginners.

hiking
Friday, June 17, 2016

Great loop along creek and through many aspen groves. Very green, return loop in counterclock direction spends a bit too long under power lines. Very accessible and good parking.

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

went today. ...we got caught in a bad storm and we went to the left and that had some pretty steep hills. Overall it was good

hiking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

We hiked this trail today with our dog. We are older and new at hiking so this hike was quite a challenge for us. We did as one of the other reviewers advised and went counterclockwise when we reached the loop which probably saved our lives. The steep hill we went down was crazy.. cant imagine if we had gone the other way and had to hike up it.. I don't know if we would have made it. We did make it all the way around.. it took us 3 hours to do the 5 miles.. again.. we are old and a bit overweight... so we were slow. we saw young people jogging the trails.. The views were amazing and we were proud of ourselves for completing the loop. We had a little trouble finding our car on the way back.. probably because we were so exhausted... but all in all we had a wonderful day. Its a great hike but a challenge as there were quite a few steep hills.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Nice trail with cool views, large electric lines running right through kind of steals any feeling of getting away. Has a lot of false trails coming off the main trail. I ended up getting off the trail and had to make my way down a steep grade off trail to get back to the trail head.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Good trail with easy markers for directions. river was small but offered by dog a nice cool drink. Incline was good exercise, will do again!

hiking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

We passed the sign that said where the trail head was so I took a picture of it so other newbies would know where it was. The beginning of the trail is good and easy to hike. Some spots were muddy from melting snow on the trail. Yes. there are several trails that branch off but we were able to keep on the main trail by marked signs and visible wear on the main trail. As we got further into the gulch there was more snow and the trail had a lot of frozen areas. Everyone else who we ran into had crampons and I wished I owned a pair. We were still able to press on but it was a slow go of it.

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