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Nelson Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (1)

A fine trail that connects Bitterbrush and Nighthawk trails.


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.6

KM

Loop

6,694' 2,040 m

High

6,405' 1,952 m

Low

317' 97 m

Up

317' 97 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This can be used as a connector between the Nighthawk Trail and Bitterbrush Trail. It winds its way through the upper grazing meadow for the old ranch, with changing viewpoints to keep things interesting.

The trail has plenty of small terrain changes to keep your attention and enthusiasm for the whole journey. There are intermittent views of Longs Peak, and a side trail that leads to an old homestead, which is worth checking out.

Flora & Fauna

Park visitors can see wildflowers in the bloom season, raptors, and deer. Mountain lions have been seen in the area according to the Boulder County kiosk.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Scalese

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote

#3

in Hall Ranch

#13821

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Trail Rankings

#3

in Hall Ranch

#1,253

in Colorado

#13,821

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Photos

The upper summer ranch house from Hall Ranch.
Nov 5, 2015 near Lyons, CO

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