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Osher Institute Hike: Polecat Gulch

This hike information is provided by Mike Merz, facilitator of the Osher Institute Special Interest Group (SIG), “Hiking in the Foothills.”

Before hiking, please remember to check trail conditions on the Ridge to Rivers website.

Hike at Polecat Gulch: Collister Trailhead

Directions to the Trailhead:

From the intersection of Collister Drive and Hill Road, drive north up Collister towards the foothills for about 1.0 mile to the trailhead at the very end of Collister Drive. Polecat Gulch has 2 trailheads; start from the Collister Trailhead.

View this trailhead on Google Maps.


Hike a loop starting up the Polecat Gulch Loop, Trail #81, for about 1/4 mile.  Go left up Polecat Gulch to Doe Ridge, #82, to Quick Draw, #83, back to Polecat Gulch Loop, #81. This hike is about 3.5 miles and should take about 1.75 hours.


A newer, clean outhouse is at the trailhead!


All trails in Polecat Gulch are “dogs on leash.”