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greenBlue Ponderosa Loop

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2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 194' 59 m
Descent: -192' -59 m
High: 6,800' 2,073 m
Low: 6,608' 2,014 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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A short loop at the top of Heil Ranch with moderate terrain and a scenic overlook.

Tom Robson

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly A nice, easy loop with an overlook at its furthest point from Wapiti Trail.

Description

The Ponderosa loop connects with the top of the Wapiti trail, and is marked with a wooden signpost. Here, you can continue straight to hike the loop counter-clockwise, or make a left. It doesn't matter which direction you choose - either way, you'll find yourself on rolling trail, with many rocks, some loose, along the way.

Halfway around the loop you'll find a scenic overlook with a park bench - perfect for a breather and a snack. The overlook provides a far away view of Hall Ranch below - which you can hike to by joining up with the Picture Rock trail. Also along the Ponderosa loop is a turnoff for the Wild Turkey Trail.

History & Background

The 5200 acre open space making up Heil Ranch trails and the newer Picture Rock trail are part of a large land purchase made by Boulder County Parks and Open Space in 1993 and 1994. The area housed large quarry operations from the 1890's to the 1960's.

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