Lower Dadd Gulch is a pawesome out-and-back trail that’s perfect for hiking with your furry best friend! This scenic forest trail is 3.5-miles long, and it passes a lovely stream. Dogs are welcome to join you on the trail on and off-leash. If you decide to let your pup off-leash, make sure to keep them under voice control.
Parking is available at the Lower Dadd Gulch trailhead, and the trail begins at the parking lot. When you head out onto the Lower Dadd Gulch Trail, one of the first things you’ll see is a set of old loading corrals. After that, you’ll reach a peaceful stream. The trail follows this stream for about two miles, and the trail gradually slopes upwards.
As you follow the stream, you’ll go through meadows and wooded areas filled with native trees like spruce, pines, and aspens. You may also get to see some of the wildlife native to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest, including moose, mule deer, and elk. If you or your pup get thirsty, you can drink the water from the stream—just be sure to filter it before you drink it.
After about two miles, the Lower Dadd Gulch Trail leaves the stream behind and goes through a scenic meadow. Since this part of the trail is above the treeline, it offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, valley, and forest. The meadow is also filled with wildflowers, and it’s home to a historic stock watering tank. The Lower Dadd Gulch Trail ends at Salt Cabin Road. Be sure to spend a few minutes here enjoying the view before you head back down to the start of the trail.
Lower Dadd Gulch Trail is a furrific trail that takes you along a tranquil stream and through picturesque meadows. Bring some water and doggy bags so you can clean up after your dog while you’re hiking.
Have a pawesome time trekking here with your pup!
Horses are allowed to use the Lower Dadd Gulch Trail—be sure to look out for them while you're on your hike. Also, be aware that black bears live in the area around the trail. Be sure to keep an eye out for them as you’re trekking.