Lion Gulch Trail #949

 6 votes

3.5 Miles 5.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,313' 400 m

Ascent

-97' -30 m

Descent

8,570' 2,612 m

High

7,296' 2,224 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

All Clear

59 days agoUpdate

Rugged, steep and techy: pick three.

Jared Crockett

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Description

This trail was destroyed in the flooding of 2013. It was finally rebuilt and reopened in July, 2017. It was difficult before the flood and is still difficult now!

Riders begin by cruising down from the parking lot to a creek crossing. Then you start cranking up the gulch. The trail crosses the creek several times, most of these are without a bridge. There are stretches of the trail where it gets very steep and a good portion of the trail is rather techy in nature. There are other stretches of tight and twisty singletrack through the trees - the type that mountain bike dreams are made of.

It's a grunt in the uphill direction to be sure, and a real kick in the pants in the downhill. You may find yourself pushing your bike uphill, and fighting to stay aboard on the downhill. Towards the top of the gulch, the trail finally breaks into more open terrain and it's pretty smooth sailing on this end of the trail. It crosses through a large meadow (the beginning of Homestead Meadows) that offers beautiful scenery and fun riding.

It's a tough trail, but a worthwhile adventure!

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Aug 11, 2017
Tomas Juergenson
On a cool, damp August morning I rode this trail and had an absolute blast. Linked up with Hermit Park's new stuff this is out of control awesome.
Jul 21, 2017
Michael Prochoda
Black diamond trail with a long uphill section which is definite double black diamond. Steep and technical in parts with brambles and high water bars.
Jul 13, 2017
Jared Crockett
There are stretches of this trail that had me considering a vote for double black diamond.

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  3.2 from 6 votes

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All Clear 59 days ago
Dry: Parts of the trail has thorny brambles and poison ivy - watch your legs! You will hike-a-bike in some parts for sure!
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