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Hall Ranch Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (23) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

9.8

Miles

15.7

KM

Loop

6,750' 2,057 m

High

5,489' 1,673 m

Low

1,447' 441 m

Up

1,446' 441 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs No Dogs

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

DwightD Dettloff

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 23 votes

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Photos

Longs Peak
Nov 5, 2015 near Lyons, CO
View of Mt. Meeker and Longs Peak.
Oct 15, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Not quite half way around the loop; almost to Button Rock Trail.
May 8, 2018 near Lyons, CO
Looking east toward Longmont, you get a great view of the mountains and pastoral grassland that comprise the Front Range.
Apr 19, 2017 near Lyons, CO
Views of the trail and the general landscape.
Oct 15, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Up the trail you go!
Nov 5, 2015 near Lyons, CO

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May 10, 2020
Misoo Kruger
11mi — 5h 00m
May 5, 2020
blind cantaloupe
rattlesnake, big cat scat, good time 9.8mi — 3h 25m
Apr 11, 2020
Mike Sanders
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