Lower Dadd Gulch Trail
The Lower Dadd Gulch Trail begins at Highway 14 in Poudre Canyon and winds
up Dadd Gulch to the Salt Cabin Road, 3.5 miles away. There is ample room
for horse trailers at the trailhead. Access to the trail for livestock is
via a wire gate in the southwest corner of the parking area. This trail is
well defined and easy to follow. It is actually the old Dadd Gulch Stock Drive.
The trail follows a stream in the bottom of the gulch for about two thirds
of its length. Over 15 stream crossings must be made but the stream is narrow
and shallow, posing no problems. The trail gently climbs from 7,027to 8,456
feet in altitude. Most of the trail is easy to hike. A section where the trail
climbs out of the gulch is steeper and therefore of more moderate difficulty.
The gulch is heavily wooded with juniper, ponderosa pine, aspen, and douglas
fir. There are several grassy meadows along the way and adequate water for
livestock. A trip on this trail makes for a very pleasant hike or ride.
||3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers)
||7,027' - 8,456'
||April - November
||Easy with some moderate sections
||Lower Dadd Gulch
||Pets must be on a leash
|Suitable for mountain bikes:
|Suitable for horses:
Highway 287 north from Fort Collins to Laporte. Continue on Highway 287 to Highway
14. Travel west on 14 for 27 miles to Indian Meadows. The trailhead is on the
left side of the highway.
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