Lovell Gulch

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Trail Stats & Info

RT length 5.4 miles
Elevation gain 951 feet
Difficulty easy-moderate    
Lowest elevation 8,650 feet
Highest elevation 9,388 feet
Trail type balloon loop
Trails Illustrated Map™ # 137
Restrooms @ TH? no

Directions

From I-25 in Colorado Springs, take US 24 west towards Manitou Springs. Stay on US 24 all the way to Woodland Park. In Woodland Park, take a right onto Baldwin St. Follow Baldwin St. for 2 miles, which becomes Rampart Range Road and the trailhead and small dirt parking lot are on the left side of the road.



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If you’re looking for a fairly easy hike that doesn’t require a lot of elevation gain, but has some distance this hike is for you. This hike is just north of Woodland Park and enjoys views of Pikes Peak and on a clear day views of the Sawatch Range. At the start of the hike, I wasn’t too impressed as the trail veered near homes, but as you keep heading north, the trail enters a thicker forest and the start of the loop. Before you reach a trail sign for the loop, there are several trails that veer off from the main trail. So, make sure you follow the trail markers. If you take a right at the “Lovell Gulch Trail Loop” the trail follows the gulch and through open meadows, Aspens, and large granite boulders. Eventually, you’ll climb up to a ridge and a small parking lot, just next to Rampart Range Road. The trail continues at the gate and follows the power lines. If you take a left at the trail sign, the trail goes by a farm and then climbs to a ridge, which you follow for a while underneath some power lines and then down to the gulch near Rampart Range Road. Either way, you’ll see great views of Pikes Peak and the town of Woodland Park below. We went counterclockwise on the loop, which I think offers better views of Pikes Peak as you don’t have to turn your head around to see the peak. The day we hiked this trail, we were unpleasantly distracted with sounds of people shooting firearms as we neared Rampart Range Road. I think there might be a shooting range just off of Rampart Range Road at the far east part of the loop. The parking lot does get full quickly as it is small. It took us about 2.5 hours to complete this hike.

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