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The time invested hiking Hadley Gulch this trail can yield excellent wildlife viewing opportunities; turkey vultures, deer, elk and the occasional snake are often spotted here.

In New Castle, close to the Elk Creek Trail, Hadley Gulch is favorite hiking location for locals and a prime spot for wildlife viewing. The trail is seven miles, one way, through oak brush, pinion and juniper growth. While it starts off moderately, the trail becomes more difficult after the first mile. Bring friends, walking poles and enjoy a few hours on the trail.

Trail details

• Uses: Hiking, horseback riding
• Length: 14 miles out and back
• Ability Rating: Moderate to difficult
• Usage: Light
• Dogs permitted


From the main town of New Castle, go north on 7th Street and turn right on Main Elk Creek. Travel north to the base of Clinetop Road. Hadley Gulch Trailhead parking is on the left side of the road. Keep in mind that the first half-mile of the trail goes through private property. Please stay on the trail and observe posted signs.


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Visit Glenwood Springs

We are pleased to announce the US Forest Service rebuild of the Hanging Lake Trail that is set to begin this spring will allow for hiking on a limited basis through the construction period. Reservations will be available weekly, with available hiking dates and times released every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. This system aims to streamline access to the trail during construction, while ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all visitors.

 Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal.