Grizzly Gulch Trail

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12.7 km
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512 m
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The Grizzly Gulch Trail is not as scary as it may sound. This beautiful trail will guide adventurers up a forested valley before opening to a picturesque meadow with expansive views of the Front Range’s snow-dusted peaks. Trek up the Grizzly Gulch Trail ASAP, because we have a hunch this hidden treasure has been found.

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Route Description for Grizzly Gulch Trail

The Grizzly Gulch hike is a stimulating excursion through the Arapaho National Forest. Bask in the striking vistas of Torreys Peak and Grizzly Peak at the summit of the Gulch. We fear this hidden gem isn't going to remain hidden for much longer, so enjoy the trail now to avoid the impending crowds. Note this path crosses over several stream crossings. Usually, you can rock hop across the running streams, but after rainfall or spring, you may have to kick off your shoes and wade through the chilly waters. It's all part of the outdoor experience, though, right? So climb up the rocky gulch and revel in the panorama. We absolutely love this hike, and you will too.

Embark on your adventure from the Grizzly Gulch Trailhead. From here, track southeast on Stevens Gulch Road. Hike up the old service road through the valley. Note a trail GPS may come in handy as there are several off-shooting paths. Continue on the road as it nears Quayle Creek. At the junction, stay right as you merge onto Grizzly Gulch Road. Trek up the forested path and across two stream intersections. Hike along the trail, and you will encounter another fork in the road. Again, stay right and track up the Forest Service Road. Pass several old mines on the east side of the trail and continue trekking along the creek's edge. Follow the trail and cross the creek two more times before the trail ascends tree coverage and opens into a meadow.

From the meadow, enjoy sights of the vibrant wildflowers in the summer and grazing deer. Year-round you will be rewarded with impressive views of the flanking craggy peaks—notice Torreys Peak in the east and Grizzly Peak in the southwest. Admire the grandeur of the towering snow-capped mountains before beginning your descent back down the trail. Simply retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

Getting to the Grizzly Gulch Trail Trailhead

The Grizzly Gulch Trailhead and Car Park is off of the Silver Valley Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Camping, see rules and regulations.

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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