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Bitterbrush Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 996' 304 m
Descent: -109' -33 m
High: 6,373' 1,943 m
Low: 5,486' 1,672 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by John Scalese

The trail leads uphill through a variety of meadow and pine stands with nice views.

John Scalese

Features Birding · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Park at the Hall Ranch parking on Highway 7 just outside of Lyons. Restrooms will be found here. Be aware that there is no water at the trailhead.

Heading right at the first junction (about 100 ft from the start) the trail begins its uphill journey, gradually at first, then a bit steeper with some rocky outcroppings to navigate. The trail will level out a bit as it passes a large meadow area that houses a large prairie dog colony. Raptors, or even a coyote will be seen looking for a meal. After this, the trail moves through ponderosa as it heads uphill. It winds around a bit, with changing terrain to keep things interesting.

The trail ends at the junction with the Nelson Loop.

Flora & Fauna

Visitors will be treated with wildflowers, prairie dogs and possibly coyote in the lower meadows. Deer can be seen higher up in the Ponderosa forests. Mountain lions have been spotted in the area according to the Boulder County kiosk at the trailhead.

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Jun 19, 2019
Madison Robertson
3.7mi — 12h 45m
Feb 3, 2019
Ally Charlton
Beautiful hike - few other hikers / bikers - time constrained so just went as far as the bench at the saddle looking over the prairie dog meadow 4mi
Oct 4, 2018
Sarah B
perfect trail for an overcast day. lots of rocks throughout, with a gradual incline and steep in some places 4.2mi
Feb 3, 2018
Andy F
Jan 8, 2017
Dana Pearson

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  3.3 from 3 votes

#5

in Hall Ranch

#18392

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#5

in Hall Ranch

#1,636

in Colorado

#18,392

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