Lower Dadd Gulch Trail
Hidden amongst the Front Range wilderness, the Lower Dadd Gulch Trail is a scenic and secluded adventure for outdoor enthusiasts. With a gradual grade and easy-to-navigate terrain, this hike is optimal for those looking for a relaxing walk or families with older children.
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Route Description for Lower Dadd Gulch Trail
Easy to navigate and well-marked, the Lower Dadd Gulch Trail is perfect for hikers of almost all skill levels. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and head out into nature. Travel through lush Colorado meadows, through a mixed ponderosa pine and aspen forest, and up along an exposed path with scenic overlooks. Shared with mountain bikers and horse riders, be respectful of those also using the trail.
Cross the Poudre Canyon Highway to the trailhead from the parking lot. From the trailhead, the Lower Dadd Gulch Trail follows an old stock trail up along the creek. Hike along the meadowed trail as you gradually ascend into the forestlands. Hike the dirt path under the coverage of ponderosa pines and vibrant aspens. Trek along the trail and enjoy the meditative sounds of the babbling creek that lines the path. As you climb up the route and past the burn, you will eventually ascend the timberline and the path will open to panoramic vistas of the surrounding Front Range mountains.
Soon you will meet the Salt Cabin Park Road, this is your turnaround point. Revel in the expansive scenery before retracing your steps back to the trailhead and over the highway to the car park.
Getting to the Lower Dadd Gulch Trail Trailhead
The Lower Dadd Gulch Trail is located off the Poudre Canyon Highway near Glen Echo, Colorado.
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