Lion Gulch Trail
a hike back into time via the Lion Gulch Trail. This trail ends at an area
called Homestead Meadows. Here there are eight to ten old homesteads with
interpretive signs. It is a very interesting hike or horseback ride for history
buffs. This trail is suitable for horses and mountain bikes. The parking area
is large and could accommodate large horse trailers, but can be quite crowded
trail is fairly wide and well maintained. It immediately begins to descend
into the gulch and crosses a stream over a wooden bridge. There is an interpretive
sign for Homestead Meadows on the other side of the bridge. This shows the
locations of the various homesteads. Study this carefully as there are no
maps in the meadows area. The trail generally follows the gulch up to the
meadows, crossing the stream nine times. All of the crossings are over wooden
or log bridges and are easy to negotiate. There is ample water in the stream
for pets or horses.
trail is in general easy to hike with a few moderate climbs. It winds its
way up the gulch alternating between the shade of ponderosa pines and open
grassy areas. You'll reach the Homestead Meadows area at the top of a moderate
grade. Here a long meadow leads to some interpretive signs as well as signs
directing you to various homesteads. There are a couple of homesteads a short
hike to the north. The rest require a lot more walking.
is a great horse trail. There are no difficult spots other than shallow stream
crossings. Once on top there are numerous trails and roads to explore.
||3.1 miles (5 kilometers)
||7,325' - 8,424'
||March - November
||Pets must be on a leash
|Suitable for mountain bikes:
|Suitable for horses:
Highway 36 south from Estes Park for about eight miles to the trailhead. The
sign is off the road and can't be seen when coming from the north. There is
a blue sign for the Pinewood Fire Rescue District just before you get to the
trailhead. The trailhead is on the right side of the road.
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