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Backpacking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Clear Creek Ranger District

Quick Facts

Watrous Gulch Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet (155.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,900 Feet (4021.2 Meters) Woods Mountain
Length: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Gray's Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This trail begins in the trees at the Herman Gulch Trailhead. It leads up Watrous Gulch, one drainage to the east of Herman Gulch. It begins in the trees and then travels above timberline, adjacent to a stream. Wildflowers abound in late June and July, especially in the upper section. The trail runs past an old sawmill where the Bard Creek Trail takes off to the east. Above timberline, the view is superb. The trail is a fairly steady climb up to Woods Mountain. Although horses are permitted on the trail, it is narrow in places and more suitable for hikers.

Directions from Idaho Springs, Georgetown: Travel west on I-70 to exit 218. At the stop sign turn right and then turn right again and take the frontage road east to the parking area. The trail begins by the restrooms in the parking lot. The trailhead is shared with the Herman Gulch Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Kindof sttep going until you get out of the trees - about halfway. The trail is rather level after crossing the creek at the Bard Creek trail head. Beautiful scenery - Going to have to go back now that I got my digital camera. Nevaar For pix of my trips, visit: http://communities.msn.com/Nevaar

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking There are potential campsites along the creek. This trail links to the Bard Creek Trail.
ICON Hiking & Walking

Related Activities
Bard Creek Trail - This is a one-way trail if followed through to the Herman Gulch Trailhead. It is recommended to park a second vehicle at the Herman Gulch Trailhead unless you would like to hike back.


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