Dadd Gulch

4.11 out of 5
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↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 1,600 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Smooth singletrack out-and-back up the gulch and back down. This trail accends faster than Hewlett Gulch and Young Gulch. Many creek crossings. Nothing too technical, but some moderate climbing. The upper end of the trail connects with Dadd Gulch Road (FR 259) that can be used to with FR 263 to make a loop at the top. This trail really rips on the way back down. There are many old road-closure dirt piles that can be used to get big air!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (9)


September 3, 2018
mongwolf Epic  
Review: Nice steady climb on the way out with some short steep sections. Really nice DH on the way back that just keeps on giving. It's fast. Let it go, and let the full suspension do its thing. There are places to get a little air time throughout. Constant curves. The payoff definitely exceeds the payment.


August 23, 2014
uber_franz Trailblazer  
Review: Fun little out-and-back. Wish it were longer... Watch out for stinging nettle along the trail! I got hit a couple of Times

Similar Trail: Spring Creek, Hewlett Gulch


August 18, 2014
DanK_NoCo Doubletrack  
Review: Nice ride on a hot day in FtC. 50% shade, and I counted 22 creek crossings. The crossings were only 2-4in deep today. There is some technical stuff around the creek crossings, and there are a few rock gardens that aren't tied to the creek. All the gnarly spots have multiple lines. The trail started out 5-6ft wide and narrowed to nearly nothing before meeting the forest service road at the top. I only saw two other people on the trail on a Sunday with pretty high traffic on hwy 14. After the ride up, I was expecting to fly back down, but the combo of the rocks, the narrow trail, and the short sight lines were pretty good at limiting my speed. This was my first time on Dadd, but I had a great time.

Bunny Hop

May 22, 2013
Review: Super fun trail! Nice long climb with plenty of stream crossings to keep those feet cool. Optional rollers to catch air on the decent.

Similar Trail: Apex Park, Golden, CO

Granny Gear

September 16, 2012
krittah Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail, we had a lot of fun. Perfect for our dog although the stream beds were kinda empty with the lack of rain we have had this past summer. It was our first ride in like a year, so it was great to get us back into it, just the right amount of up and fun down. We definitely stopped a good bit since we are kinda out of shape, but a few more rides and that wouldn't have been a problem on this trail. I only remember one short section that I may not be able to do even when back in shape.

Granny Gear

September 7, 2011
cov87 Granny Gear  
Review: rode this on labour day. Only saw a handful of hikers and cyclists. Good steady climb, fairly steep at times, but not technical. The downhill was excellent; overall a great intermediate ride.

Granny Gear

July 23, 2010
ralbritton Granny Gear  
Review: With not many great trails in the Ft. Collins area, this is one of the best. Multiple small stream crossings and a moderate steady climb to the top through the aspens and awesome descent. Not to rocky either.

* Review edited 7/23/2010

Similar Trail: Hewlett Gulch


June 7, 2010
kh1410 Poseur  
Review: This trail is a blast! Great scenery and shaded for the most part. However, I would not consider it a beginner trail. It is more of an intermediate trail. It is 3.5 miles of steady incline with some steep rocky inclines. It was only my 3rd ride ever and I had to walk my bike a lot, but it was well worth it and a ton of fun. Coming back down was a blast and the 3.5 miles went quick.


June 1, 2009
abegold Doubletrack  
Review: Nice ride with some shade with creek crossings. For running the dog. Peaceful creek.

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