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Ponderosa Loop

Intermediate
 3.8 (5)

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


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2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

Loop

6,800' 2,073 m

High

6,608' 2,014 m

Low

194' 59 m

Up

192' 59 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson with improvements by Valerie Crecco

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A sign warning of an aggressive grouse and the aformentioned aggressive grouse.
Jun 18, 2015 near Lyons, CO
Scenic Overlook off Ponderosa Loop
Nov 11, 2017 near Lyons, CO
A rare opening on an otherwise mostly-forest trail.
Oct 20, 2015 near Lyons, CO

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