Watrous Gulch Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Watrous Gulch Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bakerville, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2093 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

skiing

trail running

views

snow

Directions from Idaho Springs, Georgetown: Travel west on I-70 to exit 218. At the stop sign turn right and then turn right again and take the frontage road east to the parking area. The trail begins by the restrooms in the parking lot. The trailhead is shared with the Herman Gulch Trail.

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7 days ago

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2 months ago

Great hike, started around 8:30am and only ran into a couple of groups there and back. Lot was totally full by noon with lots of people and, unfortunately, lots of dog poop bags everywhere.

There was about 3-4 inches of snow near the end but the pups didn't seem to mind. Plenty of great scenary along the way.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Interesting hike, not sure we ever found the loop, but we got up to about 12,200 ft and the views were gorgeous. The day, 9/16, we went it was snowing when we arrived at the trailhead and extremely windy and cold at the top when we turned around. Fun! See photo above.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike and easy to get to from Denver!

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Great hike. Out and back trail with an optional loop at end. Kind of confusing at the end with a couple different forks if you haven't been before. Fantastic views for sure, worth the uphill hike.

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4 months ago

Loved this hike. The views were amazing and the trail is in great shape. Much of the elevation gain felt like in first half of hike. Trail kind of fades away at end and it appears people will explore in various directions at the end.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Excellent hike up Watrous as always. There are a couple of steep parts and a couple of muddy parts but the views are stunning and worth it. Get to the trailhead early - the parking lot fills up.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful at the top, although a little hard to follow once it opens above the trees. Only trails Hermann Gulch because there isn't a lake, but HG is much more crowded, so do this one if you feel like ditching people.

5 months ago

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5 months ago

great hike! difficult in some areas and the trail at the top randomly stopped so we had to hike up the side of the mountain to find it again, but great views if you make it to the very top!

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5 months ago

7/3/17

https://youtu.be/wFXyUnhEkJk

Wildflowers everywhere and once in the gulch it is endless eye candy. Couple muddy spots towards the start but easy to rock hop through. Stream is flowing well, so ample water to be had. Numerous 13ers to be bagged if you are so inclined.