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A newer, professionally built section of trail linking Heil Ranch with Lyons and Hall Ranch.


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5.1

Miles

8.1

KM

Point to Point

6,382' 1,945 m

High

5,402' 1,647 m

Low

1,000' 305 m

Up

21' 6 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly A perfect outing for the family with expansive views and moderate grades.

Description

This newer section of trail was built to connect Heil Ranch down to Lyons, making it possible to link Heil Ranch and Hall Ranch together. With this trail, it's now possible to start a hike in Lyons and make it up to Heil Ranch, where Heil was previously only accessed from the trailhead off of Lefthand Canyon.

The trail was designed and built by professional trail builders, with a goal of making a sustainable trail that would entertain all levels. The upper section of trail is quite rocky, just like the rest of Heil Ranch, and it can take quite a bit of energy to hike in either direction.

This trail can be used in many ways. You can start a hike in Lyons and make your way up to Heil, where you can hike out-and-back from the Wild Turkey Trail at Heil. Or you can use it to link Heil with Hall, making for a pretty epic hike.

Descending from the connection with the Wild Turkey Trail at Heil, be prepared for about 2.5 miles of constant small rocks, with some larger obstacles thrown in. Kids may have a hard time with this section.

About halfway down, you'll reach an old grain silo at the side of the trail, and the hiking becomes smoother and generally easier from here. The remaining section down to Lyons is easy-rolling fun.

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Tom Robson

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  3.9 from 9 votes

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Photos

Such a relief to finally make it up to that bench at this intersection.
Oct 20, 2015 near Lyons, CO
Day 36 Fire Engine
Jun 18, 2015 near Lyons, CO
This is the look on my face the whole time I'm riding.
Oct 20, 2015 near Lyons, CO
A great resting spot with a little shade.  There's a sign on the rock commemorating the work done by the Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance to build this trail in 2008.
Oct 20, 2015 near Lyons, CO
Looking north at the escarpments above Lyons.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO

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Aug 8, 2020
Katie Sanchez
Total 10.4 miles round trip. Easy - moderate hike. 5.2mi
Sep 15, 2018
Helene Gaglioti
Jul 21, 2018
Helen Lyons
Beautiful scenery! Narrow trail and a lot of mountain bikers. Everyone was very friendly! 6.7mi
Jun 29, 2017
Jim Wilson
Warm. Too many bikes
Jan 8, 2017
Dana Pearson