Watrous Gulch Trail

MODERATE 24 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.

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.

19 days ago

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

6 months ago

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

8 months ago

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8 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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11 months ago

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

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Watrous Gulch Trail Part Deux..
a different time and place.

I have now gained about a thousand feet above the rock outcropping where I had my photo shoot with spooky dude and I was thrilled I placed some distance between me and the rocks before taking my next picture.. Three more small hills and the loss of one-third of a lung later and BOOM BABY!!!!! VICTORY!!!!!!!!! You can see for yourself, this was worth every scrape, cut, broken pole and even an encounter with the scariest guy on the planet. I have also included a map overview of the Watrous Trail
As you go through some of the pictures, you will see small clumps of trees that were full of deer, elk and all kinds of woodland creatures that you must be lightening quick to catch if you want to get them on film. The camera I had with me at the time was too slow and the zoom was not enough to capture all that was available for you to see on this most amazing trip. I will, in the second segment of this tale, show you the “Left Leg” of the trail taking you up the Herman’s Gulch side all the way up to the lake.

Always enjoy the vast treasure we have before us, but do it responsibly and cautiously and with all due respect to the kings of the forests that live there. Remember to be safe, always pack the right gear and never ever go into their domain up prepared, not ever for a minute. Until the next time if you ever come across a trail jumping flesh-eating creek-vaulting gun-toting knife wielding stick swinging Metal Chef-ing banjo pickin' guitar playin' owner of a face you'll never forget and one only his mother could love scarier than your mamma could ever warn you about spooky dude who might just cook and eat you, NEVER, EVER, use the term bushwhacking in his un-holy presence…



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