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Lovell Gulch Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters) trailhead
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: 8,620 Feet (2687.0 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,200 Feet (374.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters) trailhead
High Point: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters)
Length, Round Trip: 5.5 Miles (9.17 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Late Spring to Summer
Trail Number: 706
USGS Map: Quad Maps: Mount Deception

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General Description

The road leading to the Lovell Gulch Trailhead begins immediately south of the Woodland Park maintenance facility
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
The road leading to the Lovell Gulch Trailhead begins immediately south of the Woodland Park maintenance facility
Lovell Gulch Trail, #706, is located north of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road. It is open to foot, horse and bike traffic. Motorized
vehicles are prohibited. This is a popular horse trail (please respect other

The first mile is nearly level, leading north out of Woodland Park along the edge of the timber. Then it crosses a stream and forks where a sign describes the loop ahead as being 3 3/4 miles. If you turn right the trail travels upstream along a narrow meadow for about 1.5 miles. It then climbs to the top of a ridge and loops back to the west along the ridge. This section of the trail offers spectacular views of Pikes Peak and Ute Pass. The descent from this ridge is the steepest section. Turn right at the fork and you are on your way back.

Many side trails make this route difficult to follow. Brown plastic markers with white diamonds mark the most direct route. If you keep those in sight this is an easy 5.5 miles.

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Beginning Elev.: Trailhead 8,600 ft
End Elevation: Trailhead 8,600 ft
WEATHER: Temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler than Colorado Springs.
Afternoon thunderstorms are common throughout the summer.
CAMPING: Camping is permitted at undeveloped sites along the trail. Camping
is recommended 300' from any trail or stream. Campfire permits are not
required but please be sure your fire is dead out before you leave. Use
no-impact camping techniques. Pack it in/Pack it out rule applies.
Respect other trail users.
DRINKING WATER: Drinking water is not readily available. Water from streams
should be treated before use. Hikers are advised to carry an adequate

Directions from Colorado Springs: Drive 18 miles west on Highway 24 to Woodland Park. Turn right on Baldwin Avenue at the traffic light immediately east of the McDonald's. Continue driving straight on this road. It becomes Rampart Range Road within a mile. The trailhead is north of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road, next to the City Road Maintenance Building.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Time of Day: late morning
Length of Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We missed the colors by two weeks. It would have been wonderful. Easily marked trails and a number of places to have a lunch.
Conditions: Dry, some hills but not bad. A little bit of sun, some shade (the trees certainly helped shelter us from a windy day)
Water Availability: Brought a litre of water and got half way through. Not a strenuous trip.
Recommended Clothing: Sturdy hiking boots, brought a sweatshirt, always wear a bit of SPF
Suggested Accessories: No gear necessary

Time of Day: Afternoon
Length of Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Easy to get to...there's a sign right on Rampart Range Road before it turns into Forest Rd. 300. Gorgeous views, easy hike and it follows a stream the whole way...just make sure you follow the trail signs!!

Recreation Opportunities
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Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446, www.pueblochamber.org


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