Wilder Gulch Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Wilder Gulch Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Frisco, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.3 miles
1,289 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


cross country skiing


horseback riding

mountain biking



trail running

wild flowers



Directions from Vail: Go 14 miles east on I-70 to exit #190, near the summit of Vail Pass. Turn right and park in the large parking area. Hikers can follow the Vail Pass Recreation Trail (a paved bicycle trail) to Wilder Gulch. Cross through the tunnel under the interstate which is just south and east, and follow the Recreation Trail to just before the stream crossing. Hike under the interstate bridge to the trail.

1 month ago

It was a very nice trail with beautiful views at the top of Ptarmigan Hill. The downside was there was a group of 4 wheelers also using the trail. They stop at a corral area, before the final steep ascent to the top. I didn’t bring water for my dog and she needed the last mile up.

1 month ago

Beautiful day for a great family hike! Trail was in very good condition for early season. We would highly recommend it and the climb on up to Ptarmigan Hill which provided some additional views of this scenic area.

1 month ago

For such an easily accessible trail, it's not crowded.

This is a leisurely walk for the first couple of miles. Most of the modest gain in elevation occurs after the second mile.The snow is gone from the trail, and a path is open to reach the top of Ptarmigan - over 12,100 feet. But the final ascent to the top is steep.

The stream at the beginning is low, and we crossed without incident.

Pretty streams, a pond dammed up by beavers, and mountain vistas await. There are wildflowers on the path, especially near the top. But if you are particularly interested in reveling in a blanket of colors, there are other hikes that offer a greater abundance of wildflowers.

2 months ago

Wonderful trail with gradual elevation. Hiked to the relaxing sounds of a river, and various birds. There were several feet of snow at the final climb of the trail. Need long pants and solid boots for this. I went around much of it. There was also some significantly muddy areas that require good boots. Wonderful view of the mountains at the end of the trail.
Follow the written instructions to find the trail at this time, the trail mapped out has you crossing a river in the beginning and end that is quite deep at this time. So follow the bike path and hike under the highway as instructed.

If you feel up to it, you can go to the to of any of the peaks at the end of the marked trail. The view is worth it!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great hike- low traffic- gradual incline and beautiful views. Water along the way for dogs. Easy to find trail head, ample parking and restrooms.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beautiful. A few places were a little muddy but overall was a great hike. Very slow, easy incline. Wildflowers are pretty.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great hike off of Vail Pass. Uncrowded trail that meets up with a 4 wheel drive road. We followed the road and then hiked up to the top of Ptarmigan Hill also known as Shrine Mountain. Beautiful views!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

We did this trail with hopes of getting up to ptarmigan pass. We did get to the pass but the snow fields kept us from getting to the top of the mountain. Beautiful views and we had the place to ourselves. We parked at the rest area.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Great hike for all.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Great hike but I never found the trail. Where the gps coordinates take you to is not a trail head. So my dog and I just hiked up the Gulch. Beautiful views and Beaver dam about half way up

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Park at the top of Vail Pass in the rest stop parking lot. Instead of walking down the bike path to access this trail, recommend starting at the east end of the parking lot where there is also access to this trail. (Small sign there.) Easy hike. Lots of wildflowers. Beautiful views and open meadows. Just takes a couple of hours at a relatively slow pace. You can go farther as well.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A great High Country hike with open meadows, great views, and lots of wildflowers along the trail. For more pictures and trip report, please go to http://linhartphotography.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/wilder-gulch/

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