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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Quick Facts

Hewlett Gulch

Beginning Elevation: 5,600 Feet (1707 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 800 Feet (244 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,400 Feet (1951 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.5 Miles (4.0 Kilometers)
Usage: Light




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General Description

This trail follows a dry creek north from the Poudre Canyon. It is also used by motorized vehicles. Access is not guaranteed across private land. Landowner permission is required. Water is nonexistent. Camping is available.

Directions from Fort Collins: Travel 20 miles west on Hwy 14 to Hewlett Gulch.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: D Cruise (Fort Collins, CO)
Time of Day: Mid-day
Length of Time: 2-Hours
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I've ridden this trail 10+ times. It is a fun ride, just a few tricky spots, the rocky ascent before the meadow, the loose rock descent. Watch for rattlesnakes, I've seen several on this ride. Never seen a mountain lion here, but there are warning signs.
Conditions: Wet in spring, not as mush as Young's Gulch, but over the crank.
Water Availability: Stream and river only.
Recommended Clothing: Ridable much of the year, hot in the summer.
Suggested Accessories: Description mostly wrong, no motor vehicals, public land, no camping, dog friendly as well.

Filed By: JT Morgan (Fort Collins, CO)
Length of Time: 2 hrs
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great ride. It is actually 8.5 miles if you do the whole loop and don't turn around at the loop intersection. The creek is not dry, and there are quite a few crossings (very wet). I would rate it a 'Moderate' since there are some very technical sections interspersed with the easy, including an expert level rocky descent at the end of the loop portion. Great views. You will really like this ride...



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Hewlett Gulch
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking
Yes



Related Activities
Ansel Watrous Campground - This campground sits adjacent to the Poudre River, about 23 miles west of Fort Collins.

Stove Prairie Landing Campground - Stove Prairie Landing Campground is located adjacent to the Poudre River about 26 miles west of Fort Collins at an elevation of 6,000 feet.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Fort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau, 420 South Howes, Suite 101 , Fort Collins, CO, 80522, Phone: 800-274-FORT, Fax: 970-493-8061, www.ci.fort-collins.co.us

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