MTB Project

Hewlett Gulch

Consensus:    (details)
 3.7 from 13 votes
blue  Intermediate from 5 votes
Rank: #5 in the Fort Collins area
#96 in CO, #662 Overall
Views: 2,664. Last 30 days: 178
Sep 1 Green - Mostly dry
Featured Ride near Fort Collins,  area, 
“Fun ride with multiple stream crossings and flowy singletrack.”
Cody Terkhorn on Jun 10, 2013
Getting There     GPX File     Print
8.012.9 milesKilometers 1,195’364 m Ascent 6,805’2,074 m High 6% Avg Grade (3°)
100% Singletrack -1,194’-364 m Descent 5,718’1,743 m Low 24% Max Grade (13°)
Routine closings due to High park and Hewlett Gulch fires. Check USPS for closures.
1:30 average ride time for 8.1 miles. Details

This is the first bike friendly trail you come to in the Poudre Canyon, with only a 20+ minute drive from the edge of north Fort Collins. The trail gets far enough into the mountains that it has more tree cover and also is not as rocky as its hog back cousins like devils backbone. It has a plethora of stream crossings, is 100% singletrack, and pairs nicely with a ride on Dadd or Youngs gulch (also up the Poudre).

The primary drawback to its location is that it also has a lot of traffic and can get quite busy on weekends and later in the day. This however, shouldn't keep you from riding this great northern CO trail.

P.S. The best part about this trail is there is no leash law for dogs - having your four legged riding buddy isn't a problem.
Need To Know
There are lots of creek crossings so don't wear your fancy pants and bring a change of cloths for the post ride festivities.
From the parking lot you'll follow Hewlett Gulch along the stream that winds through, crossing it at least a dozen times. This climb is not steep and has a couple rocky areas which shouldn't be too difficult to navigate for an intermediate rider. At around 2 miles into the ride you'll come to a fork in the trail.

Taking the trail to the left introduces you to a set of switchbacks, followed by a nice tacky trail that rolls up and down. The trail will eventually bring you to the summit of the ride. From here it's all downhill, with lots of singletrack where you can really open her up a bit and fly.

You'll eventually reach the rock garden that posses the most difficult portion of the ride however going this direction it's a downhill garden and might pose a challenge to an intermediate rider. From here you'll return to the gulch and the burn out from the recent fires. The charcoaled trees have an erie beauty to them and if you lean up against them you'll end up bringing a little bit of it home with you. Eventually, you'll reach the fork and return back to the parking lot.

The other direction is the same only in reverse and the rock garden will be a Hike-A-Bike for many riders. The switchback section is fast, slow, fast, slow and hard to build a good rhythm. I prefer the clockwise route, but I will let you be the judge.
History & Background
This area has been hit by several fires in the past year and as such has a lot of black toothpicks for trees. It's actually beautiful although bittersweet.
View in 3D
Forecasting the weather...
4.3 (3)
Grueling uphill leads to some insanely good technical downhill and flowing si...
near Fort Collins, CO
4.0 (4)
A great way to experience both Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park.
near Fort Collins, CO
3.9 (8)
A great after work flowy/technical singletrack ride with amazing views of Hor...
near Fort Collins, CO

Your To-Do List: Not on it   Add it! | Your Full List »
Your Check-Ins:
Add a New Check-In | View All »
Your Opinion:
Difficulty: -none- Change to: greengreenBlueblueblueBlackblackdoubleblack
Share This Page
Improve This Page
Add Photo or Map Symbol
Edit Description or GPS track

PHOTOS of Hewlett Gulch
 3.3 from 4 votes
Wild Flowers and burn out in the background (Wellington, CO)
 2.8 from 4 votes
post Hewlett Fire and the regrowth. (Wellington, CO)
 2.8 from 4 votes
My four legged companion enjoying the break and sights before we continue. (Fort Collins, CO)
Embed trails and maps on YOUR site!
Directory | FREE Stickers | FAQ | Mobile Site | Advertise
© 2015 Adventure Projects, Inc | Terms | Privacy
Mountain Project
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Trail Run Project
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
MTB Project
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Powder Project
Backcountry, Sidecountry
and Secret Stashes
Hiking Project
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!