Well Gulch Natural Trail

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Lory State Park

Well Gulch Natural Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bellvue, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 396 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

NOTE: As of March 2020, Timber and Valley Trail closed. Wildflowers and riparian ecosystem line this plush 1.4 mile trail. A self-guided nature tour takes you through the meadow, mountain shrub, Douglas fir, and ponderosa ecosystems, with stations along the way illustrating botany, geology and animal life in Lory State Park. For those looking for a longer hike, the trail branches off into the Timber and Overlook Trails.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

lovely trail, dry and not too crowded. a good workout, beautiful views and plenty of pretty flowers nice shady spots.

Beautiful nature trail with fun stops to learn more about the geology of Lory State Park. A short trail, but offers a wide range of views from following a river, to rock slates and wooded forest. not to mention a beautiful overlook of horsetooth Reservoir.

family friendly trail

Charming trail. Lots of water. Connects to tons a different trails in the park. I took Well Gulch to Timber to West Valley and did that as a loop. It was 4.3 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with beautiful views. A little bit of mud in a few spots. Completed the afternoon of 4/4 and only encountered a few other hikers.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Muddy slushy and snowy . Beautiful views. Will definitely come back when conditions are drier. Timber and valley trail closed

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Great trail, pretty easy! Still some snow and ice in parts, and in others muddy. Spikes might be helpful but not totally necessary. Great views!

icy
snow
3 months ago

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icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Fun trail! Snowshoes are not required.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

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icy
muddy
3 months ago

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icy
muddy
4 months ago

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icy
4 months ago

Heads up... this is usually a favorite of ours but we couldn’t get more than 20 minutes up this trail before the ice was too dangerous for anyone without spikes and poles. We all fell and in some spots there is no way to bypass slick ice. Coming back down was really hard... especially with kiddos. Lots of other fun trails connecting to this one though which is why we love LSP!!

hiking
icy
4 months ago

i love this trail, but terrain today was too much work and sliding around. fell once. nice to get out, though

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous short trail with many different environments to walk through. Really beautiful and refreshing — walked New Years Day and definitely needed micro spikes of some sort. Saw dogs on leashes, young children, really great for a variety of skill levels. Park at the elktuck or homestead parking lots. Great way to start your day as it can easily be done as a brisk hike under an hour.

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icy
muddy
snow
5 months ago

We went on Christmas Day so we had the trail all to ourselves. The snow was deep in places and there was lots of ice. Micro spikes are highly recommended.

hiking
icy
muddy
5 months ago

good little loop

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