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Hewlett Gulch

 3.6 (44)

8.0 Miles 12.9 Kilometers



1,195' 364 m


-1,194' -364 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (13°)

6,805' 2,074 m


5,718' 1,743 m


Shared By Cody Terkhorn


All Clear 50 days ago
Dry: Stream crossings are all low, slow, and easily rideable History

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Fun ride with multiple stream crossings and flowy singletrack.

Cody Terkhorn

Dogs Off-leash

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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.

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 years past and as such has a lot of black toothpicks for trees. It's actually beautiful although bittersweet.


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Oct 26, 2018
Anna Gasiewicz
Very nice trail to bike. Scenic with a few interesting creeks 8mi
Sep 23, 2018
Andrew Denman
Aug 28, 2018
Kyle Collins
Great ride, the decent is worth the climb. I had to hike a bike a few times over some technical uphill spots. I hit 22 mph coming down 8mi
Aug 25, 2018
Larry Clinton
Super overgrown in places. Went CW.
Aug 19, 2018
Brandon Brundrett
Aug 19, 2018
Adam Deschler
Great evening ride. 8mi
Aug 14, 2018
max kahn
ccw, worth going back to try going cw
Aug 1, 2018
Tim Knutson

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Brook Mooney
Fort Collins
Brook Mooney   Fort Collins
I prefer this counter clockwise. Nov 2, 2017
Just rode this trail today 4/27/18 went counter clockwise up the hike&bike... Great trail, creek crossings were tons of fun. The switchback section was at the very end riding counter clockwise. Almost lost it a couple times, but well worth it! Theres a pretty fast, and steep section right before the switchbacks that is sketch for new riders... love this ride, will go back very soon! Apr 27, 2018
Jared Romano
Loveland, CO
Jared Romano   Loveland, CO
This trail is great for hiking and OK for a biking trail. All the creek crossings and sand in the lower section make for a squeaky bike by the end of the day. When you get to the lolly pop, I prefer clockwise since it is switchbacks up and fast flowy decent. The decent is fun but not technical. The brush can be very overgrown and will become a problem at high speeds. Overall the trail is in major need of maintenance. Also for a bike friendly trail, they did some weird things. For one, they put in a bridge-like feature to prevent corrosion (which took a few years), however they put in small size river rock between the slats, its not a huge deal but it makes riding it difficult instead of fun. It would be great if they put in some bridges, even simply a couple half cut logs. The lower section gets very busy on the weekends with pedestrians so watch your speed. A major redeeming feature of this ride is no leash laws, but please be cautious because there are rattlesnakes here especially mid to late summer. Aug 17, 2018

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