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Hewlett Gulch

 33 votes


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




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Fun ride with multiple stream crossings and flowy singletrack.

Cody Terkhorn


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.
Dogs: Off-leash

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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Dec 3, 2017
Matt Newcomb
Lots of water crossings. Several trees down on trail. Clockwise was hard.
Sep 23, 2017
Tyler Offerman
Aug 13, 2017
Carlos Davila Jr.
Jul 3, 2017
Isaias Arena
Jun 26, 2017
Brett Keck
2h 15m
Jun 18, 2017
Pete Galt
Started at Angel Watrous Campground 10.5mi
Jun 3, 2017
Austin Samuel
Trail is not ready for biking. Lots of down trees.
May 27, 2017
Rob Hoffman

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Brett Williams
Fort Collins, CO
Brett Williams   Fort Collins, CO
Until the 2013 floods, this trail was more fun. You could barrel into any of the stream crossings at full speed even as a beginning intermediate rider. But since then, the crossings are deeper, and darker. You have to be more careful which takes the edge off the fun. This is reflected in lower usage, which means more trail being overgrown. Use to ride several times a summer, now just once. Jun 30, 2017
Was pretty disappointed with this ride. Took the loop clockwise (left at fork). Was a tough ascent in some parts, but manageable. The backside of the loop is a lot of straight shot singletrack downhill. Lots of speed there but little variation in terrain. The last part of the loop was so overgrown I lost the trail a few times. Had to hike through grass and weeds almost as tall as me to find it. Sep 15, 2017
Brook Mooney
Fort Collins
Brook Mooney   Fort Collins
I prefer this counter clockwise. Nov 2, 2017

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