Watrous Gulch Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
#30 of 118 trails in

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.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful hike. Moderate incline the entire way up. towards the end hit patches of snow. Slippery but still doable. Yaktracks would do ya justice in some areas. River is flowing strong which adds to the scenery. Once you get to the loop they're are portions of the trail under shallow water due to snow melt. Feet got wet in some areas but nothing bad. You have to cross the river a few times to remain on the trail.. one section via a downed tree & the other two I jumped. The mountain range that is to your back is incredible... keeps revealing more & more the further ya go. Picture is attached.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Gorgeous views. Only passed 2 other hikers on the trail. Very peaceful!

3 months ago

great trail on a great day. perfect for snowshoe and skis in the winter. it is equipped with outhouses at the trailhead.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Great views. Not too many other hikers. Nice creek running along side for most of the hike.

8 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great alternative to avoid the crowds at Herman Gulch. The first mile gets a lot of highway noise, is all incline and mostly exposed – which made for a disgruntled beginning on an unseasonably hot day. :) After the first mile the trail begins to feels much more secluded and you get short breaks between elevation gains. Gorgeous views the entire way! Trail is rather narrow and rocky in some spots. The peaks that the trail leads you to are more than tempting, can't wait to return!

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hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

snowshoeing
Friday, August 28, 2015

Great winter snowshoeing hike! Awesome views of the divide.

hiking
Monday, March 09, 2015

Great Hike. Lots of sun

skiing
Saturday, December 13, 2014

hiking
Saturday, September 20, 2014