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blue Hall Ranch Loop

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Trail

9.8 mile 15.7 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,447' 441 m
Descent: -1,446' -441 m
High: 6,750' 2,057 m
Low: 5,489' 1,673 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

Dogs

No Dogs
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Trail shared by DwightD Dettloff

A landscape of rolling grasslands and sandstone buttes provides excellent viewing opportunities.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

No dogs. Day use only.

Overview

A great route close to Lyons with views of Mt. Meeker and Long's Peak with varied terrain.

Need to Know

No water is available at the trailhead. Trailhead can accommodate 64 cars and 3 horse trailers. Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the trailhead.

Description

Starting with Nighthawk Trail and hiking clockwise, you'll start off on a wide, maintained trail and move along to singletrack with various rocks and roots. The first 4.5 miles will be almost exclusively uphill. There are trees scattered around the trail that provide some shade to catch your breath and enjoy the view before soldiering on.

Once your reach Nelson Loop, you may go either left or right to connect to Bitterbrush Trail. This route goes to the left. Expect to see cyclists at this point. You'll hit some great downhill singletrack before meeting up with a rocky section. About 7.5 miles in you'll reach the split - left goes to Antelope Trail but stay to the right to keep on Bitterbrush Trail. You'll have 2.5 miles of trail to reach the main trailhead and many technical rocky sections.

Flora & Fauna

Mule deer, prairie dogs, birds, and pines.

History & Background

Arapahoe and Cheyenne Indians lived in the area. For over one hundred years, more than 20 different families lived, farmed, quarried, ranched and logged in the Hall Ranch area.

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Jun 23, 2019
Justin Butler
Jun 15, 2019
Mike G
May 26, 2019
Jeff Weber
Apr 27, 2019
Kat Takahashi
Trails were mostly dry. 9.9mi
Apr 21, 2019
Meow Cat Heavy Industries
it rained really hard, so the trail is now muddy. Otherwise it was a fantastic hike with very pretty views when the rain broke. 9.8mi — 4h 00m
Jan 21, 2019
Kimberly Taylor
w/ Kemar 10.6mi
Oct 12, 2018
Cynthia B.
Sep 7, 2018
Dan Kobler
Great singletrack with half of loop no bikes. Mostly exposed, some trail erosion. 10.2mi

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 21 votes

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in Hall Ranch

#488

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in Hall Ranch

#103

in Colorado

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