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Stag Gulch Trail is a 6.7 mile loop trail located near Edwards, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and horses and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 1,643 ft Route type Loop
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Quick 10 minute drive from Edwards. Follow Squaw Creek Road to the Squaw Creek trailhead, onto parking area. After several switchbacks and moderate climb take the right fork to Stag Gulch. You'll go through some aspen forests and meadows filled with wildflowers while enjoying views of the Gore Range. When you reach big meadow you can loop it, adding 1.5 miles to your trip.

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Sarah Thornton
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Aspen colors were phenomenal!! One of my favorite hikes in the area

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rachelle trujillo
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HikingGreat!

The Aspen were just spectacular at the overlook a few miles in. The meadow was meh. I'm sure it's gorgeous in the summer. Nice climb.

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Stephen Dowdle
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Very pretty. Brilliant fall colors and great views up top. Expansive meadows up top an additional plus

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Olivier Puech
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it is in my view actually a pretty nice trail. yes, this is an equestrian trail initially and is steep and somehow not really appealing the first 2 miles but once you get onto the open meadows, this is a trail of its own with beautiful open spaces and great views. a lot of exposure though so to be done from now until end of October best. you can also extend your hike into Bellyache trail instead of doing the short loop. you enter Big Park which is worth doing

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Daniel Ley
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primarily equestrian trail. non stop shit and swarming flies from trailhead to the meadow. would be nice if not for the horse traffic. probably good snowshoeing in winter once there's pack.

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Stephanie Ann
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HikingGreat!

It was a beautiful trail. The first 1.5 miles are a bit of a narrow climb. Be prepared for lots of dust and a narrow trail. I would recommend poles for the hike back down as the dust makes it slippery. The Stag Gulch trailhead ends after about 2 miles, and then leads to a trail on the other side. It’s a beautiful open field when you make it to this point.

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Ronnie Dee
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Pretty trail! Lots of wildflowers and large meadows. First half is a little strenuous but flattens up at the top. Pretty dusty and lots of horse poop Went at 8am on tues morning andmanaged to see some wild turkeys too! Very fun.

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Charlie Michelin
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FOUND: Tesla Key Fob at base of trail head on 7/30 @ ~7pm. Please reach out to lsjcmichelin@aol.com if it belongs to you. Beautiful hike that can be completed in ~2-3 hours depending on fitness level and pace. A few things to note: 1. Road just prior to trail head is smooth, but mildly rocky. Cars with minimal clearance (i.e. sports cars, etc...) may have a slow-go, but only for a short section. Parking is aplenty. 2. The sign at base of the trail head will read: Squaw Creek Trail. You are in the right spot...as the description states above, there will be a cutoff approx .5 miles in...here you will turn right. 3. The trail is somewhat dusty, but not really a bother if you are wearing the right shoes and don't mind getting a bit dirty.

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Jody Weisman
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We really enjoyed this hike! Aspen grove was serene and shady. We reached the open meadow and the views were great. Wildflowers were still abundant. Peak is past by a few weeks but still lots to see. Lots of horse poop on the trail. Dusty narrow path and only saw a few others when we were there mid week.

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Kathryn Hollars
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This was a great climb. We decided to only go up, so we parked a car at the ‘big park’ trailhead and drove back down to get the other car. There were some dry dirt trail areas and open meadows where it could get hot, but there were also plenty of shaded thick tree covered areas along the way. Beautiful aspen grove which led into groves mixed with pine trees. Really gorgeous and nice to have the shade. The wildflowers were unbelievable. Less traveled than some of the other trails around big park.

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Kathy Neustadt
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This is NOT a trail to take dogs on. NO water, very exposed, hot and dusty and dirt gets really hot. Bring plenty of water! Pretty BUT too dry. Fall will be gorgeous.

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Cathy Alderman
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This is a narrow, dusty trail with lots of sun exposure. The middle part is in a thick aspen grove for some relief but highly encourage sunscreen and other protection. It’s quite the climb to the meadows but great views and tons of wildflowers. Don’t get sidetracked by the AV road. Careful on the way down - it’s steep and dry.

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Olivier Puech
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As Em is mentioning below, best is to avoid Stag Gulch trail which is very exposed and very dry in Summer and opt for Squaw Creek at the trail fork (Left at the sign) - this is a 4.2 miles trail (8.4 miles back and forth) which is beautiful and relatively easy. plenty of shade and easy access to the creek which is useful if you have a dog and it's hot. you can potentially continue after the 4.2 miles into the wilderness. this trail is general used for 3 days horse rides between Vail and Aspen so you won't run out of miles if you really want to go for it !

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Sydney Schneider
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Great, narrow hike with tons of flowers (sunflowers, lupine, fairy trumpets, and columbine). The path gradually ascends for a little over 2 miles before you hit the spacious meadow. When we hit the meadow, there was a road and a sign that marked an intersection between the wider road and the narrow path. We incorrectly went down the dirt road, thinking it would loop us back to the trail head. Do not take the wide road; it brought us to Cordillera. I believe the loop continues with the narrow path ahead but we got lost by taking the wide road and would recommend that once you hit the sign, just turn around and go back the way you came. Overall, it was a beautiful hike!

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Meridith Burrows
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Difficult the first two miles, the flat loop in a meadow. Took 3.5 hours at a leisurely pace. Gorgeous wildflowers right now!

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Kendall Moore
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Great hike. Pretty steep long uphill but the wildflowers are poppin! Whole fields of yellow wildflowers

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Marla Goodspeed
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Beautiful hike! Lots of different scenery and amazing views the entire way! The wildflowers were very cool! There were lots of butterflies along the way!

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Lisa Bennett
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Great hike. Flowers and views were beautiful.

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Gwen O
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We are confused. How do you get to this trailhead? We parked in the lot but only squaw trail head was accessible. It said to walk down the road further but the access is blocked. Which looked the only way to get to the Stag trailhead...

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Hiker Em
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Beautiful hike with larkspur blooming early on with a few lupines starting too. I actually hiked left at the trail fork a little ways up and took Squaw Creek trail which for some reason isn’t listed on this app. It’s a nice trail with several stream crossings made manageable by logs and rocks. The trail ends in a large meadow that would be ideal for wildflowers in another week or so!

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Kevin Hamilton
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Absolutely gorgeous right now. Flowers blooming, and very few people while I was there (on a weekend morning before Noon). A few more cars at the trailhead when I got back. Views from the loop up top are amazing.

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Tony S
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Trails in pretty good shape right now. Steady uphill throughout the Aspen groves until you get to the pines then it mellows out a bit. A handful of easy to deal with snow patches higher up in the shade pine forest sections about 1.5ish miles in. The loop up top is mostly dry and easy to stroll .

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Griffin Gharrity
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HikingMuddySnow

Great hike but still lots of snow and mud past 1.5 miles. Would wait another few weeks

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Zach Smith
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At about 1.5 miles it starts to get muddy/ snowy and continues for about a half mile. After reaching the meadow the rest of the trail is pretty dryish. Another 2 weeks and it should be mostly dry. Beautiful views! One of the best trails in the area if you want views of all the surrounding mountains. Giant meadows at the top. Lots of deer

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Amy Olsen
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HikingMuddySnow

Beautiful trail, still thick snow for the first mile. Need hiking poles.

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alex paulsen
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

hiked stag gulch with my dog on 4/2 made it a good two miles up the trail without spikes or poles. around 2 miles the post holes got pretty bad so we turned back, beautiful though.

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