Hewlett Gulch

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

Trail Description
About this trail
From the bridge that crosses the Poudre river, follow the trail north into the gulch. About 2.5 miles up, you will see a steep rocky section. Don't go up this steep section, but keep going straight north instead. The trail will start to wind west as you head up a meadow. At the top of the meadow, you need to make a decision... You can either turn around and follow the trail back down to the trailhead, or you can keep going. If you keep going, you will have to ride down the previously mentioned steep rocky section. This section requires expert riding (or walking) so use caution. Once down, follow the trail back to the road.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (29 total check-ins)
  trailwerks   on Mar 24, 2019
  Matr0   on Apr 28, 2018
  Chase Magruder   on Oct 25, 2017
  noahbmx13   on Nov 4, 2016
  brett.williams   on Aug 18, 2016
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Reviews (18)


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
Review: It's been a few years since I've ridden this trail, but I remember fast, buff single track. Worth the drive out.

Granny Gear

September 8, 2015
diycorey Granny Gear  
Review: This was my first ride on this trail. I consider myself above average rider, but had to stop several times on this climb. There are quite a few creek crossings so expect to get your feet wet. I took the left branch loop which led to a brisk downhill through the prairie. The right branch loop is extremely overgrown right now with several fallen trees. It was fun and I hope to do it again.


August 23, 2015
DanK_NoCo Doubletrack  
Review: The water was pretty high today (which is crazy for late August in CO), and the trail along the creek clearly hasn't seen much traffic. This trail needs some love -> there was a work crew out today.

Bunny Hop

June 21, 2015
dbisogno Bunny Hop  
Review: The main summary needs to be updated. There is now a parking lot if you drive across the bridge off HWY 14.
Also, a ranger stopped to me before I dropped in, to tell me that the creek is super full. He didn't know if it's snow melt or if the reservoir is releasing water. None the less most the the crossings are about 2 feet deep, so you gotta wade with your bike on your back. This is kinda fun if you're ready for it, but it kills your momentum which makes climbing up the bank a little more difficult. After doing this about 10 times, you get to either the switch backs or meadow, and you'll have a less energy than you thought you might.
In the meadow, rain has eroded the track so much that it's impossible for some people to pedal so there's another track starting, since this is soft dirt and grass mostly, it's hard pedaling through it.

In all it's a beautiful trail, and all the stream crossings mean when you get to the loop, there isn't really anyone else around, which is kinda nice. I went down the switch backs which was also fun, my front brake went out of adjustment from all the water (was riding an older bike with cantilever rim brakes) so I had to take it easy, but it was completely doable, and probably taught me something.


June 4, 2014
justin70 Singletrack  
Review: Spoke to a local ranger - the creek levels this spring are the highest they have ever seen.
As the trail crosses the creek approx 10 times - this means wet feet, and the occasional walk across. Not a huge deal, but it does break up the flow of the trail somewhat.

The flowers and butterflies are out, and the meadows are so green - so it is a pretty ride.

The "rock gully" thing seems a bit over-stated. I think both directions of lollipop have pros and cons. I went counte clockwise, with a walk up the gully, a ride up the meadow, and a ride down the switch-backs. No drama. The downhill along the creek was interrupted by the water flow, so wasn't as great as it could be.


April 11, 2014
vbeckman74 Gnarly  
Review: The first part of the climb is easy enough that you won't be pushing your bike. The loop at the top of the climb steps it up a notch, but the downhill is worth it. There are many small stream crossings on this ride, but you can just blast through most of them. It's kind of fun. The quick downhill, twisty single track, and splashing streams make this a cool ride that isn't in many guide books, but we found a lot of locals on this trail.

Similar Trail: Falcon Trail


November 14, 2012
abegold Doubletrack  
Review: For an Arizonan who's ridden around NM this trail's not that rocky. Makes a good dog trail with the stream

Similar Trail: Young Gulch


November 10, 2012
alskoj Gnarly  
Review: We drove 1 1/2 hours to ride this trail and it was worth it. Smooth singletrack, just the right amount of technical sections and more than enough creek crossings. Even with the remnants of the recent fire, the scenery was still very nice. The climb to the loop wasn't a big deal but contributed to a nice ride back to the trailhead. You also get to enjoy a very nice drive up to the TH from Fort Collins.

Similar Trail: Blue Sky

Bunny Hop

June 5, 2012
Review: Closed as of 6/4 due to hot spots from the Hewlett fire.

Bunny Hop

May 30, 2012
Review: Try riding the lollypop clock-wise. Hike-a-bike up the steep rocky section, then cruise down the rest of the lollypop to avoid as much uphill. Will be interesting to ride after the forest fire.

Hewlett Gulch MTB Trail 3.89 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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