Hewlett Gulch

 24 votes

8.0 Miles 12.9 Kilometers



1,195' 364 m


-1,194' -364 m


6,805' 2,074 m


5,718' 1,743 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (13°)

Minor Issues

33 days agoUpdate

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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Started at Angel Watrous Campground 10.5mi
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Austin Samuel
Trail is not ready for biking. Lots of down trees.
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Minor Issues 33 days ago
Some Mud - Only one downed tree. All stream crossings are rideable. Clockwise is definitely the best direction for the lollipop.
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Election day! Took the clockwise (left at the fork) route super rocky and loose gravel steep and had to dismount on the bike to get to the summit. Do not recommend the clockwise (left at the fork route). Many stream crossings, may try this again at a later date or next season but not by bike. It is a hiker rather than a biker trail. Nov 8, 2016

I definitely prefer it in the clockwise direction (left at the fork). The switchbacks are tough but don't last long, and are much less fun going down than the awesome flowy downhill and fun rock garden at the bottom. Mar 3, 2017

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

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