Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

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Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by jibler » Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:10 pm

Help me out people

i never get up that way.

some chatter from forest service that it is closed - but also might be open?

and a 2019 google streetview of the parking lot makes it look to be open too?

I don't wanna find out the hard way. Thx.
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by madbuck » Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:14 pm

jibler wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:10 pm
Help me out people
i never get up that way.
some chatter from forest service that it is closed - but also might be open?
and a 2019 google streetview of the parking lot makes it look to be open too?
I don't wanna find out the hard way. Thx.
It had been re-opened for a couple years now, after several years of flood closure. We hiked it last Fall, trail in great shape.
If it's closed, it's a new/recent closure, but I don't see anything here to suggest that it's closed.
Where's the 'chatter?'
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by jibler » Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:20 am

yes I just saw something - but it might have been old map

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 503036.pdf


it singles that one out as not gouda

but I will run with your info/interpretation.
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by Scott P » Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:56 am

Of note I did it in 2018 and saw a mountain lion. I guess I know why it's called lion gulch.
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by andrewrose » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:57 pm

Lion Gulch is open. The map you shared is from 2016 when it was closed. Parking may be limited on weekends, as half or more of the lot is being used to store machinery/equipment for the reroute of the reroute of the Little Thompson.
Depending on what your goal is for the day, Hermit Park also offers ample hiking opportunities and pleasant trails.
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by cougar » Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:10 pm

All true and lion gulch should be open now. Hermit Park OS is closed in winter, check the county website for exact dates, I think Dec. Also when it gets cold enough, there is a very icy stream crossing halfway up lion gulch trail in a pool below some small falls, so bring spikes for that. It's fairly wide.
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by madbuck » Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:06 pm

It’s been awhile, but I guess we found UN9475’ and UN8380’ (North) to be the funnest hills in the area, same time of year. Have fun!
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by cougar » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:12 pm

madbuck wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:06 pm
It’s been awhile, but I guess we found UN9475’ and UN8380’ (North) to be the funnest hills in the area, same time of year. Have fun!
+1. Hidden gems

Also cool to see the cabin remains in homestead meadows, lots of relics
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by jibler » Fri Dec 25, 2020 9:03 am

OK people - help me out --

is this parking lot free and clear now?

there aren't mounds of snow from plows all piled up in there?


any updates appreciated. merry xmas!
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by ekalina » Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:35 pm

While i haven't been up there, it is highly likely that the lot is OK, based on conditions elsewhere in the foothills.
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by jibler » Sat Dec 26, 2020 8:44 pm

yes I guess that does make sense.

keep thinking it is snowier than it is.

but the ballgame is ticking down to final minutes - the december 'new spot' challenge is still up for grabs - should I haul way up this way?

or possibly get to unfinished business up in flatirons instead?

i really liked launching from NCAR last december. i wouldn't mind just doing that again- hopefully not in a snow storm at dusk!
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Re: Lion Gulch Trailhead #949 - open or not?

Post by CaptCO » Sun Dec 27, 2020 6:59 am

I can hold your hand if that helps
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