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    Japanese Gulch Loop

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    6.6 km
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    204 m
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    Japanese Gulch Loop is a unique hike. This loop is 6.6 km long and moderately difficult. It’s not recommended for small kids because of a section of trail that runs alongside a sheer cliff near the train tracks. It heads out along the tracks and then returns through the forest. This is a popular trail with bikers, so keep your ears open.

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    Route Description for Japanese Gulch Loop

    The Japaense Gulch Loop is a unique trail that follows a train line before returning back through a green forest. It’s not he best pick for small children due to the narrow nature of the train section of the path, but you could just use the forested side if you wanted.

    Begin from the parking area, heading down along the trail that runs near the train line. This is a bit of a narrow spot. The loop follows this, running alongside a forest, for the first half. On the trip back, you’ll hike through the forest, which is dense and very pretty. Enjoy this section as you return to the trailhead. There are lots of connecting trails if you want to keep exploring further.

    Getting to the Japanese Gulch Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Japanese Gulch Loop is off 5th Street where there is a parking area.

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    • Backcountry Campground


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      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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