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Homestead Meadows (Lion Gulch Trailhead)


An approximate 3-hour hike that takes you back into history after a nice walk up a scenic gulch!

Description from

The trail meanders up a narrow and scenic gulch. There are several bridges and log crossings on this trail. The third bridge is about a mile from the trailhead after you go about 2.5 miles you will start to enter the meadows, where the trails follow old logging roads that are fairly level. There are eight homesteads in the area, four are to the South, two are in the vicinity of the main meadows and the other two are to the North and North East. The Irvin Homestead accessed by trail 1004 is worth the extra walk, there are some awesome views of the Mummy Range in that area.

Full trail overview can be found here (


Round-Trip Length: 6.1 miles Start/End Elevation: 7,370' - 8,447' Elevation Change: +1,077' net elevation gain Skill Level: Moderate Dogs allowed Directions to Trail head:

The Lion Gulch Trailhead is located 12.7 miles north of Lyons, Colorado on Highway 36. The parking lot is located on the west side of Highway 36.

Carpooling- please indicate in the comments if you'll be carpooling:

Loveland: Departing from Loveland Kmart at 8am

Fort Collins: Departing from JJ's at 7:45am.