Young Gulch Trail

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16.7 km
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406 m
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The Young Gulch Trail is an incredibly scenic adventure through diverse Colorado terrains. Cross dozens of streams, trek through meadowlands, and under tree cover all the while enjoying the 360-degree views. This excursion is a wonderful day-hike in the Roosevelt National Forest.

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Route Description for Young Gulch Trail

The Young Gulch Trail is an epic adventure perfect for several types of outdoor enthusiasts. Hike it, bike it, snowshoe it or cross-country ski, the path can be enjoyed year-round in a multitude of ways. Whether you decide to adventure this route in the summer or the winter, you will be granted awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountain wilderness. Ensure to check the forecast prior to your excursion to avoid getting caught in inclement weather along the exposed trail.

Begin your journey along the Young Gulch Trail from the trailhead. Track south along the Young Gulch Trail as it follows the curves of Young Gulch Creek. Travel through the meadowlands and enjoy the fantastic views. Continue hiking the route and cross the several log bridges as it intersects with the creek on multiple occasions. Trek up the route through the burn and beneath the tree coverage. Traverse the well-marked trail and you will know when you’ve met your turnaround point.

Signposted and underneath the tree shade, you will encounter your end point. Here, turn around and retrace your steps back to the car park. Note: if you complete this trail in the colder month, micro spikes are recommended to navigate the slippery, rocky terrain.

Getting to the Young Gulch Trail Trailhead

Find the Young Gulch Trailhead off the Poudre Canyon Highway.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Camping, restrictions apply.

  • When to do


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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