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    Bartlett Gulch Hike

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    8.0 km
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    367 m
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    The Bartlett Gulch Hike is a short, but steep adventure along the Colorado Trail Segment 11 up to a stunning overlook of the Twin Lakes. Not only are hikers rewarded with lake views, but this scenic excursion also reveals sights of Mount Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak.

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    Route Description for Bartlett Gulch Hike

    The Bartlett Gulch Hike is a must-add to your Colorado adventure bucket list. Get a taste of what the Colorado Trail network is all about as you venture along a portion of Segment 11. Surrounded by verdant vegetation and epic alpine views, you will forget all about your tired feet as you climb. When hiking in the late fall and winter months, we highly suggest a pair of microspikes or snowshoes to more easily navigate the likely snow-packed and icy terrain.

    Embark on your adventure along the Bartlett Gulch Trail from the trailhead on the north side of State Highway 82. From here, track the Colorado Trail Segment 11 northwest beneath the treeline. As you wander through the woodlands you will intersect with several streams. Enjoy the shade of the vibrant trees and the meditative sounds of the creek’s gurgling waters. Soon the path will redirect you north, guiding adventurers up to the Mount Elbert Trailhead.

    The trailhead marks your turnaround point. If you still have some gas left in the tank, feel free to explore further. To get back to the trailhead, all you need to do is backtrack along the same route. On your way back to your vehicle you will be granted wonderful views of the Twin Lakes below.

    Getting to the Bartlett Gulch Hike Trailhead

    The Bartlett Gulch Hike departs from the Colorado Trail Segment 11 Trailhead on the northside of State Highway 82.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Dispersed Backcountry Camping

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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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