Lion Gulch Trail #949
ElevationAscent: 1,304' 397 m
Descent: -89' -27 m
High: 8,568' 2,612 m
Low: 7,299' 2,225 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
Current trail conditions
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“Rugged, steep, and rocky: pick three.”— Jared Crockett
Runners begin by dropping down from the parking lot to a creek crossing. Then you start climbing up the gulch. The trail crosses the creek several times, most of these are without a bridge. There are stretches of the trail where it gets steep and a good portion of the trail is rather rocky. There are other stretches of tight and twisty singletrack through the trees that provide a great backcountry feel.
You'll feel the grade on the climb for sure. Towards the top of the gulch, the trail finally breaks into more open terrain and it's pretty smooth sailing on this end of the trail. It crosses through a large meadow (the beginning of Homestead Meadows) that offers beautiful scenery and pleasant running.
It's a tough trail, but a worthwhile adventure!
Land Manager: USFS - Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Office
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