Devil's Gulch Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Eden, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.
To complete the loop, take the LT to the Babcock Trail intersection. From here, Devil's Gulch is an optional out and back (approximately 1 mile). Once back at the intersection, take the Babcock Trail back to the main road and return to the parking lot (approximately a quarter mile from the trail).
Very easy hike. More of a hilly, narrow trail walk with a couple of steep parts. Lots of wildlife along the way though. Very peaceful and green. GPS had me at 4.11 miles in a little under 2 hours.
Pretty easy only one steep part going down but otherwise nice trail
great daytrip trail...ponds are lovely...few people the day we went
Snowshoed here with a friend in 2013 - don't remember if he had been here before or had a map/guidebook, but we had some trouble finding the gulch. Once we did, however, AMAZING ice was there to greet us. Sheets and layers had formed on top of one another, dyed blue and yellow and green from the minerals in the rocks they covered, and what massive icicles! It took a lot of caution however, because with all the snow and ice under foot, there were several chasms you couldn't see. Poles for poking were a must. A year later I went back with my SO, using the Green Mountain Club's winter hikes guide as a reference. Unfortunately the map did not match the written directions, and neither appeared to be accurate. We were not able to find the gulch. I'll be going back this coming winter and trying again. Admittedly we gave up pretty quickly last year as neither of us were feeling that great.
Did this hike with a friend of mine. Was hard to find at first. The trailhead is not far from Belvedere pond. There is an actual parking area, but it is not marked. There is a little sign that says "access" on the road to the parking area /trailhead. At trailhead follow sign for Devils Gulch.This was a fairly easy hike in. It is part of the long trail.
The Devil's Gulch Trail is actually a portion of the LT way out in Eden VT. Parking is available essentially on the side of the road and the trail starts between a gap in the brush on the opposite side of the road. This portion of the LT is admittedly rather simple; you pass mostly greenery and eventually get a glimpse of Ritterbush Pond before heading back into the thick of it. The elevation changes, while overall minor, ascend and descend rather quickly, so there's quite a workout here. Devil's Gulch is a detour if you are planning on doing a day hike and the trail begins at an intersection between the LT and the Babcock trail. Continue on the LT and you will begin an upward ascent for a bit before entering the gulch. It's a beautiful view beginning with two huge boulders leaning on one another and continuing into a rocky area overgrown with trees and greenery. Totally worth the effort to get there!
We headed back to the LT/Babcock intersection and took the Babcock trail back to the road, which drops you about a quarter mile shy of the parking lot (not exactly scenic). The views don't add much to the hike, although you get a couple glimpses of Big Muddy Pond through the trees. If you are planning on taking this loop, I recommend taking the LT both ways and making the hike an out and back instead. Overall, the hike was a nice diversion from the usual mountain ranges we've hiked in VT and Devil's Gulch offers unique views, but I don't think I would make the effort to hike this area again.