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Lower Dadd Gulch Trail is a 7 mile moderately 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,482 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Easy hiking along creek/stream, up through ponderosa pines, aspens, and views of rock outcrops. Hike becomes moderate depending on your ability as it ascends through old burn area upto Dadd Gulch Road (dirt). Great hike for dogs.

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bugs
great!
1 day ago

Hiked on Friday, July 3. Basically an easy trail through mostly shaded areas with a gradual incline to the top. Started at 8:15 am when there was still some spaces left in the limited parking area. Did the 7 miles round trip in a little over 5 hours including frequent stops to view the abundant wild flowers plus lunch. There were about 20 shallow stream crossings along the way. Not too many folks out initially but did pick up on the way back. Weather was warm but shaded areas were helpful. There is a stand of aspen near the top which could provide prime color viewing in the fall. Also good views of the mountains along the top ridge. Overall a great hike! Bikers: we did encounter some along the way. A couple of groups were speeding down the trial and almost hit us in areas of foliage where you can't see them coming. Would be nice if they would use bells or some sort of sound to let folks know. Hikers supposedly have the ROW but doesn't always happen. The last two we met up with were very courteous-stopped and let us pass. So just be alert!

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail! Stream is barely moving with easy rock hop crossings. We saw a ton of butterflies today as well as a ton of different wildflowers. It was getting a little hot after the last stream crossing, but plenty of shade to stop in! Nice hike with dogs, but narrow in places making it hard to pull off.

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26 days ago

Parking on both sides of the road. The restroom was closed - not cool. This is a good gradual hike for 1400 ft elevation - nothing too bad to handle. Our dog did well. The trail is very narrow in many places, so bikers go slow not to scare the dogs, etc. There's really no good view, kinda ho-hum at the top. The trail just ends at a road. No really good place to picnic either. The streams are easy to cross.

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27 days ago

It was a nice hike, not too steep but definitely a work out. The wildflowers especially during the first half of the hike were really nice and saw some great birds. Also the trail was nicely shaded especially for the first half of the hike and there are patches of trees for the rest of the hike so you will always find shade to rest under. Definitely watch out of mountain bikers as they come fast in some sections. The trail was also not too crowded which was great. There are no great views from the top so expect a bit of an anticlimatic hike but there are some nice rocks you can sit on near the end for lunch. All the water crossings were easy without too much mud.

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muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail--gradual climb. Aspens just leafing out. Stream along side most of the trail is a great bonus.

hiking
1 month ago

The lower portion or the trail crosses the stream many times. The stream is running. Beyond the last steam crossing the trail is terrific.

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2 months ago

Nice hike, easy gradual grade, good for running. Brook crossings keep it fun . Still snow near top.

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

Nice, mild trail. No stunning vistas but the trail offers a pleasant variety of environments -- streams, denser woods, meadows, etc. No microspikes or poles needed, although it's about to snow a bunch so that's likely to change. The last 1/3rd of a mile or so had some deeper snow drifts and we were postholing a little bit. We were the only people on the trail with a 2PM start time on a Wednesday.

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2 months ago

Nice trail with a few easy stream crossings. Very well-trodden trail. Had a little bit of snow still on the trail in some places, but nothing we couldn’t manage in tennis shoes. A good mix between open sunny spots and more areas with nice tree cover. Only saw about 4 groups the whole day, so it was easy to social distance. Our dog loved this trail and its many chipmunks.

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icy
snow
5 months ago

arrived at 10 am on 01/27/2020 monday. we were only car in parking lot. the trail is a mix of ice and snow. spikes I would think definitely needed. 12 water crossings. most are ice. about 2.5 miles in the trail is not as packed and lots of post holing at 3.66 miles in the trail is not packed at all and we opted to stop there and turn around. the all trails map showed we should have still gone further though. this was a lovely hike and I'm sure it would be stunning in other seasons as well

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snow
5 months ago

fairly good trail conditions for the first 2 miles, then more and more snow. we broke trail for the last half mile but made it to the end. views were limited due to weather. thankfully hiking with a great group of friends, so still a good day overall.

hiking
5 months ago

Just went up 2miles. Icy in many spots but had spikes, needed them for sure. Creek crossing we’re easy. Hard pack snow the whole way.

7 months ago

Hiked this on 11/23/19. There were 2-3 inches of snow on the entire trail. I used spikes for a while for better traction, but they're by no means necessary right now. Didn't see a single other hiker, or even any human tracks in the snow. Despite the snow and lack of tracks, the trail is easy to follow. (This might change when the snow gets deeper. ) This is an easy trail, just a gradual easy incline. Only one steepish part and it's under 100 yards long. No great mountain top views, but a very peaceful walk through forest and upper meadows.

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8 months ago

Hiked on a Saturday, started at 2PM. Great fall colors, and very limited traffic throughout the entirety of the hike. Pretty good views, but wouldn’t be my first choice if going purely for sightseeing. Overall a good exercise session in a great environment.

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10 months ago

Great dog friendly trail. Beautiful wildflowers on the way up. Watch for ticks, flicked one off my hiking boot!

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11 months ago

Heavy traffic on a weekend with people who had dogs and bicycles. Parking lots were packed. Lots of signs of people walking off the trail. All of the bicyclist were very polite which helped make the trip more pleasant. If you are looking for solitude it would be better to find a different location. If you are looking for a nice place to take a family this trail is a great place.

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bugs
over grown
11 months ago

Fun trail with lots of terrain changes. Very over grown in areas from all the moisture but great, tough hike!

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11 months ago

Mild to moderate with many beautiful meadows, stream crossings and lush forests. Hiked for 3 hours with 8 year olds and a chihuahua leading the pack.

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11 months ago

I love this trail and so do the dogs. Lots of stream crossings, some mud and the wildflowers are out right now making it a great hike overall!

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Thu Jun 20 2019

Perfect weather conditions for a hike today! Mostly sunny, calm breeze, and plenty of shade in the trees. Lots of wildflowers and swarms of butterflies on the trail. You do need to walk on rocks or logs to cross the steam in many spots. If you walk about another quarter mile beyond the end of the trail to the left, along the dirt road, you'll come across a clearing that has a nice view of the Mummy Range. Very few people on this trail, which was probably the best part! This is considered a moderate hike, but definitely on the easy side for experienced hikers.

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muddy
snow
Sat Apr 06 2019

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snow
Sun Mar 10 2019

Still lots of snow! We didn't make it the whole way, but probably could have. We were just in hiking boots so spikes aren't needed right now. Good hike for pups and we only saw one other person.

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Wed Jan 30 2019

Fun trail, easy to follow! At the T we took a right and wondered up the 4x4 road and it took us to a point over looking all of pingree. Beautiful views!

Sun Jan 27 2019

Hiked this past weekend. Plenty of snow to enjoy but not enough for snow shoes. Path was clear and beautiful views.

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