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Wilder Gulch Trail

MODERATE 33 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.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,289 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

skiing

snowshoeing

trail running

bird watching

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

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washed out
6 hours ago

We loved this trail when we did it last summer with our young children. Attempted it today, July 17, but water at the first creek crossing was too high to cross. Could cross if you are willing to get your feet wet, but footing would be tricky. So we turned around almost immediately. Disappointing for sure, but we will try again next year. Great trail with great meadow and mountain views, gentle grades.

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4 days ago

Hiked this trail 7/13, which coincided with the "Triple Bypass" bike ride, so it was a bit challenging to find parking at the trailhead. Normally, there is plenty of parking above the Vail Pass rest area. The stream crossing in the first 50 meters was unfortunate, and required boots-off, but after that there was no further water to cross and relatively little mud. Lovely trail and views, and nice wildflowers up the gulch. After the first 1/4 mile you head away from I-70 and cannot hear traffic. Normally we take this hike to Wearyman Road (which sometimes has OHV traffic) and then up to Ptarmigan Pass. Today, there was way too much snow on the road for us to hike across, though our daughter and friend did manage it and reported nice views and only patchy snow at the top. As far as the official directions, they are incorrect. There is no need to step on the bike trail or go under the interstate unless you want to walk down the trail to Copper Mountain. The Wilder Gulch trailhead is just off the rest area parking lot which is just below the trailhead parking lot.

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snow
10 days ago

This hike runs over 8 miles. Currently July 7, snow covers the last mile, including the road and the pass. Snowshoes are a must if you want to reach the pass. Worth it! The creek at the beginning is running pretty high. To bypass, take the bike path for the first three quarters of a mile. At an overpass, cross under I-70 at a small sign that says Wilder Gulch (pic posted, you'll see bridge in background). That will bring you back to the trail. One advantage of this hike is that it gives you an Alpine experience with modest elevation gain. And it's not crowded.

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snow
1 month ago

We only did 2 miles out, then turned around (simply due to time), but the trail was packed snow - easy to walk on without spikes or snowshoes. We did this Saturday morning and were the only ones in the trail - it was so beautiful and relaxing! (you stop hearing I-70 noise about .75 miles in.

10 months ago

We were on a time schedule so we did do the whole hike (only 1.5 hrs up) but it was beautiful. This is an easy ascent (easy enough for a fourteen year old Yorkshire terrier!) and goes along a creek/river for much of the time. We enjoyed the changing colors of the foliage. We will enjoy returning to do the whole hike. Not sure if it gets more difficult.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

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.

Monday, July 02, 2018

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.

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Sunday, July 01, 2018

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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!!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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