Hall Ranch Loop - TRAIL

Hall Ranch Loop - Trail, Lyons, Colorado

Great groomed singletrack near Boulder. This quote taken from a "falcon guidebook:"
One of the best singletrack rides in the Boulder area. With that said you will see a crowd on any weekend [and weekday]. There is a stiff climb in between mile 1 and 2 that has several technical sections [really not too bad...fun technical riding] The upper loop around the old Nelson Homestead is absolutely beautiful. Do this ride....preferably on a weekday.

User Reviews (7)

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Soundtallica   Weekend Warrior [Apr 04, 2012]

Still stands as the best Boulder-area trail. The climb up Bitterbrush is a rock garden and very technical, but fun. If you can clean this climb, you're a pretty damn good rider. Up top, the Nelson Loop is fast and flowy, with many small rollers that you can catch air or pump on. The scenery is good too, and deer frequent this area very often. Antelope is a tight and twisty singletrack trail to another trailhead, and while it's excellent, it's not quite as good as Nelson and Bitterbrush. And the descent down Bitterbrush is simply awesome, one of the best I've ever been on.

Customer Service

Ride the whole thing? Use Picture Rock to connect Hall with Heil for an epic ride.

Similar Products Used: Picture Rock
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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
easymzm   Cross Country Rider [Nov 26, 2010]

Certainly a Front range gem. A great ride with a diverse offering of terrain. The Bitterbrush trail has some excellent technical features that are challenging for experienced riders but can still be attempted by ambitious novices looking to up their game. After the initial technical rocky climb the trail becomes smoother hardpack. It is a joy to ride with excellent flow characteristics and beautiful views of the rock outcroppings that dot the landscape. The loop at the top is great either way though, if I had to pick on direction only (I usually ride it both ways) I would go clockwise. The loop trail is loaded with drainage features that translate into excellent little jumps that are great for pumping as well. The Antelope trail is another option for the ascent, especially if you want to skip the technical climb. The Antelope trail also makes for an excellent out and back detour. Though the top and bottom sections of Antelope are rocky fire road they are still very fun and there is a good dose of very tight singletrack in between. The singletrack is not too fast or too technical but it certainly tests your reflexes going down and makes for a good climb coming back up. You can also link Hall Ranch with Heil Ranch via Picture Rock Trail for a 30 mile ride.

Customer Service

Up Bitterbrush. Top loop clockwise then counter clockwise. Snack at the base of the loop. Back down with a little out and back detour on Antelope trail before descending down to the parking lot back down Bitterbrush

Similar Products Used: Heil Ranch
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5
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3
ttunes22   Cross Country Rider [Apr 06, 2010]

One of the best on the front range. Technical in the Rock Garden on the Bitterbrush side, the Antelope option is fun rolling steep with some tight corners. I like to ride up the antelope side, head back to do the loop I take a left at the loop because the downhill in that direction is screamin. Then it's all downhill (with the exception of a minor climb) to the rock garden. I like riding down this more than up ( If I wanna go bouldering I'll go bouldering) then cruise back to town via the scenic Old South st. Vrain road and a cool little section of bike path. You don't have to ride on route 7 for more than 2 minutes this way.

Customer Service

I like to park in town, head up apple valley road to the antelope trail, climb that all the way to the connection with the main trail, head back to the loop, take a left ride to the top, gape at Longs and Meeker, then blast down to the junction of the antelope and bitterbrush trail. Do the little climb up to the rock garden descent. Carefully weave down this back to toen or picture rock.

Similar Products Used: Picture Rock and Rabbit Mountain.

God I wish they would open up the trail that goes down to Button Rock (at the end of the Nelson loop) to bikes. That would add KILLER beautiful rolling singletrack in a beautiful meadow and a grunt of a climb back. It would be fast and fun and I bet it is rarely hiked. It's far from the trailhead, I hiked it on a busy weekend and didn't see anyone.
Maybe someday.....
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5
VALUE
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4
enso   Cross Country Rider [Dec 01, 2009]

This trail gives you a lot of bang for your buck. The best thing about it is that you get both a technical and a ripping hardpack descent on the same ride. The first climb on Bitterbush through the rock garden is an excellent chance to hone your technical climbing skills - it is all cleanable, but has some seriously challenging spots. After the initial climb, you are rewarded with a quick descent before beginning a long section with moderate elevation gains. Mostly hardpack, you will find plenty of small rocky sections as well.

Go left at Nelson loop, because the descent on the backside rips - burms and hardpack create a fast and smooth blast. I recommend doing the loop twice - you've come this far. After retracing your steps to the rock garden, you get to pick your way down to the parking lot. Sick ride.

Customer Service

Park at Bitterbush. Take it to Nelson loop. Left at loop. I found completing an out and back on Antelope less than rewarding. It is more of a rocky fire road from what I could tell from going half way down before ditching it and turning around. If you want to lengthen the ride, double up on Nelson, or do one lap in each direction.

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5
VALUE
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3
gigante32   Weekend Warrior [Aug 06, 2009]

This is really one of the killer Front range Trails, it gives you everything in less than 10 miles. You can start on the front side, with Bitterbrush, and get killed, or start off at Antelope, and ease in. Either way, it can be tough, but the reward is on the return downhill. What a blast!

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5
VALUE
RATING
4
Ansible   Weekend Warrior [Sep 17, 2008]

Mostly smooth and flowy XC trail, except for the lower part of bitterbrush which is rocky and technical. You can bypass the technical part of bitterbrush by going up the antelope trail instead. The challenging rocks on bitterbrush keep me coming back though, recommended if you like technical riding. Beginners and maybe intermediates should stick with the antelope side.

Customer Service

I like to start on the bitterbrush side, ride up to the nelson loop, then down antelope and back up again, then finish with the rocky downhill on bitterbrush.

Similar Products Used: The 'ranches' - Heil, Walker, White. Also Betasso is fun.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
bmxgonemtb   Downhiller [Nov 13, 2007]

I rode this trail this morning and it was one of the best rides I've been on in a while. Stiff climb at first with a bunch of switchbacks and rocky technical sections that will test your skills. After about 2 miles it levels out and becomes smooth singletrack that leads to the Nelson Loop. Take a left and pass an old homestead. This part of the trail is really smooth and you have the chance to really pick up some speed. However, watch out. There are hidden boulders in the brush that can ruin your day, so stay on the trail. Hook back up with the Bitterbrush Trail and its all downhill from there. Do this ride on a weekday to avoid crowds.

Customer Service

take the Bitterbrush trail to the Nelson Loop and ride it clockwise. there is another trail before you reach the Nelson Loop that is open to bikes and leads to another parking lot (Antelope Trail?) 2 miles out and back from the main trail, but has a bunch of fun switchbacks and turns. Watch out because your sight is limited on some parts.

Similar Products Used: Walker Ranch, Heil Valley, St. Vrain (Millers Rock)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
illcomm33   Cross Country Rider [Oct 18, 2007]

This is a really fun trail just outside of Boulder, CO (about 15 minutes) If you are looking for an epic ride or want to get away from the crowds this trail is not for you. I passed about 10 hikers and saw 3 other bikers on this system. With that being said it is still a worth loading up the MTB and getting a quick 1 to 1.5 hour ride in. It is well maintained and flows really well. After you are done make sure to stop by Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons...it makes the day complete.

Customer Service

From the parking lot head up Bitterbrush trail for about 4 miles (good climbing with some tech sections) until you reach Nelsons Loop. Go left on Nelsons loop and enjoy the fun singletrack (fast and flowy) Follow Bitterbrush Trial back to your car.

Similar Products Used: Walker Ranch, Meyers Homestead, Youngs Gulch (Fort Collins)
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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