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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +528/ -139 ft
Total: 68 riders

Mountain Biking Young Gulch

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#50 of 1,362 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#336 in the world

Solid singletrack with many creek crossings. Forested and cool. Lower section is rocky and rooty, but there is curvaceous singletrack in the upper section. Ride up the gulch to the top of the hill, and decend at speed. Watch for bikers and hikers on your way back down. More technical than nearby Hewlett Gulch and Dadd Gulch.

First added by dauw on May 21, 2006. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take HWY 14 west from Fort Collins up Poudre Canyon. Go 13 miles from HWY 287 junction, 3 miles past Poudre Park. Trailhead parking on the left at milemarker 109.
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Rider questions

A: November 20, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. After more than seven years, the Young Gulch Trail in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District has reopened.

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  • Jeff Barber

    Finally reopened! https://www.reporterherald.com/2019/11/20/young-gulch-trail-in-poudre-canyon-reopens-after-7-years/

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  • Gdb49

    Not open until summer 2018 and even that is a maybe!

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  • diycorey

    Sign at trail head states Closed Until 2017.

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  • kjschott

    Still closed for rehab from the 2012 fires.

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  • rxp_rider

    First off AWESOME trail, i really enjoyed it. Trail is rocky in sections. Climb to the top and ride down, climb is really easy. I almost felt like I was riding flat land. Very technical trail, esp around the "stiarcase" area.

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  • abegold

    Medium effort climb up a wide canyon with some shade and water. Nice trail for a dog run. Few on the trail, some hikers.

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  • zmiko

    Really fun, lots of creek crossing and a couple really tough sections, but the majority is just super fun singletrack

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  • dubinjs

    I loved and really miss riding this trail. It was my go to trail when I lived in Fort Collins. Its definately some work going up with some technical sections that really test your legs and your balance. Lots of rocks and stream crossings. Also, look out for the accasional Rattler on the trail. I came accross a few on my rides up there. Great trail and comimg down it is an absolute blast!!

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  • cucycling44

    Great trail. Lots of climbing but well worth it. Be ready to get wet!!

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  • Kwyle

    This was one of my favorite trails when I was living in the Fort Collins area. Lots of technical sections but mostly gradual slopes which make these sections ridable. One crazy terraced hill laced with roots and rock ledges that is a huge challenge to ride up. Many stream crossings and great fun. When you get to the top turn around and fly back to your car in no time.

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  • reitzfc

    This trail is more of a hike-a-bike trail with all the creak crossings. Best ridden late in the season. I would rather hike this trail then ride it. Not one of my favorites in the area. I probably will never ride it again. Once is enough.

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  • Beaker

    If you like creek crossings, you'll LOVE Young' Gulch. There are 48 crssoings each way and some of them can are deeper than your hubs! You will get wet. This is one of my favorite early winter rides when the creeks freeze over and there is a covering of snow along the trail.

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  • John Fisch

    This is my favorite short ride. To earn five stars at only 5 miles each way, a trail had better be pretty special, and this one is. It is consistently entertaining throughout its length. There are rocks galore and stream crossings by the dozens (no exaggeration). The thick forest also helps keep it cool. Go here to beat the midsummer heat and have a great day!

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