“This short side trail provides scenic views of the Saltese Flats.”
— Carol Christensen
Birding · Wildflowers
Rocky trail with a number of exposed roots and steep drop-offs.
Turtle Gulch Trail cuts through a ravine in the Saltese Uplands. In spring, this trail skirts a small stream that turns to a marshy area as the season gets drier. Less than half a mile, it is an uphill climb from the Uplands Loop
, and a great way to gain some extra elevation and mileage in this area.
The cut-off to the trail isn't readily apparent, so watch for the small trail sign post along the Uplands Loop
. The trail moves about halfway up the draw and terminates, randomly, at a small, scrubby tree.
A small, undeveloped singletrack winds up the hill beyond the tree, but that section of trail is not part of the approved trail system in this area. Please respect conservation efforts, and only remain on sanctioned trails. Several other non-sanctioned social trails connect with Turtle Gulch but should be avoided to reduce erosion and environmental impact on this area.
This is a nice trail to use in maximizing mileage within this area but the Uplands Loop
and Summit Loop
are by far the more engaging trails to be done in this area.
Flora & Fauna
Wildflower heaven in spring and early summer, scrubby plant life and tumbleweed, birds of prey