Summary: This is a beautiful trail that winds along a small creek through Young's Gulch. You start out in some flat meadow areas, and eventually get under some tree cover about 1/2 mile in.
Depending on the time of the year, this hike is great to see an abundance of wild flowers, aspens, and wildlife. It is neat walking through the gulch as the large mountains surround you on both sides.
This trail is popular with hikers and mountain bikers, so keep your ears and eyes open for others coming down the trail quickly. I recommend an early morning hike, as the sun is partially blocked by the mountains and creates some interesting photographic opportunities.
Warning: This area is known for it's mountain lions and bears (read the signs...) Also, if you hike to the very end of the trail, you will have to turn back once you get to the Private Property signs. DO NOT TRESSPASS! The owner is known to prosecute to the full extent of the law.
Trailhead: As you drive Hwy 14 up the canyon, it will be about 2.75 miles past Poudre Park. The parking area will be on the left side of the road and is easy to miss, so keep an eye out for it. It is right across from the upper part of Ansel Watrous Campground. There is a sign that says "Young's Gulch Trailhead"
Parking for the trailhead is at N40 41.322 W105 21.011
Trail Guides for Youngs Gulch:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Canyon Lakes Ranger District 970-295-6700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brad Tallis. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by CT on 8/8/2013
Absolutely love this hike. Unfortunately, as of July 2013 the trail is still closed due to the High Park Fire in the summer of 2012. The forest service is working on it but it may take a while for it to be safe. I just hope the wild raspberries come back.
Reviewed by Dave on 5/7/2012
Great trail I love being able to let our dogs run free in the forest The only bad thing is the dogs that cannot be trusted off a leash Yapping because they just want to be free
Reviewed by Lisa on 5/5/2012
Agree with CM on 4/20 - Trail is awesome! Love the little stream crossings and the day was gorgeous with a breeze. The only bad thing was the dog owners (we encountered two separate groups with two dogs each) who did not have their dogs on leashes and the dogs came up on ours who was leashed and it caused a lot of problems. Owners were on bikes and couldn't be bothered to even apologize for their dogs behavior or their own! Other than that, it is a great hike, starting early a.m.
Reviewed by CM on 4/20/2012
If you do not like dogs running around without the owners paying any attention to them, hike this trail. It is a wonderful trail, except for the inconsiderate dog owners. I have met wonderful, responsible dog owners on this trail. They also do not appreciate the ones who let their dogs run freely. What a shame to let a beautiful trail be taken up by dogs.
Reviewed by Mary R on 8/13/2011
Very nice trail. While you gain a lot in elevation, it's hardly noticeable since its so gradual. Lots of stream crossings and with it being in the gulch along the stream the whole way, the trail itself stays much cooler than the surrounding area. It is known for bear and mountain lion activity, as well as rattlesnakes, so if you have dogs, keep a close eye on them. This time of year, you can make the stream crossings without getting your feet all wet if you're careful about it. Since we've had such a good monsoon season, there are still plenty of wildflowers along the trail. Didn't have any problems with mosquitoes, but others in my party did. Guess it depends on what you taste like. Going mid-day would avoid that.
Reviewed by Kenny B on 7/24/2011
Great Trail. There were quite a few college aged kids camping right on the trail and close to it as well as hanging out in the parking lot among piles of beer cans but I did meet a USNFS law enforcement officer rectifying that situation. The trail itself is not very strenuous and my dog and I had a great time and met many other very friendly dogs on the trail along with their owners and a few families as well. Saw NO rattlers but lots of gorgeous scenery and wildflowers. I will definately hike this one again and encourage you to try it out.
Reviewed by Nick on 8/13/2010
Loved the hike. VERY disappointed that there was no mention of RATTLESNAKES! Our Border Collie got bit. Took her to the Vet. Fortunately after HUGE $$$$ our pet will recover. This area IS KNOWN FOR RATTLESNAKES! Please be observant the hike is beautiful...
Reviewed by Candice on 7/15/2010
Great hike, great way to test the new pack! This hike is so very beautiful! Great for the young dogs too.
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