Watrous Gulch Trail

MODERATE 34 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
2204 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.

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
18 days 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.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
19 days 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.

20 days ago

hiking
23 days 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!

hiking
23 days 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.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
1 month 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.

2 months ago

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

8 months ago

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
10 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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10 months ago

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10 months ago

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11 months ago