Hall Ranch - Trail, Lyons, Colorado

Hall Ranch - Trail, Lyons, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

All singletrack, rocky on the lower section but mostly ridable.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 30, 2007]
tundraline
Cross Country Rider

Many reviewers here complain about the trail being crowded. On average, I ride this trail four times during the work week in the late afternoon, and typically run across between 3 and 7 riders on the trail over the entire loop, whcih does not seem very crowded to me. There will obviously be more people on the trail on the weekends, especially Sunday. This is a great trail, and I pretty much ride this trail to the exclusion of all other local trails because it has a great mix of terrain, you get a great workout, it's challenging, and has incredible scenery. If you sign up at Oskar Blue's in Lyons, you can get a free beer for doing the entire loop from Lyons. Make sure everything is tight on your bike before starting. This trail will reveal mechanical flaws and loose bolts quickly.

Customer Service

Anelope trailhead up to Bitterbrush trail, Bitterbrush trail to Nelson loop, back down Bitterbrush all the way, loop back around to Antelope Trailhead via Hwy 7, Lyons, Hwy 36, Apple Valley Road, and Antelope Road back to the trailhead. I avoid going up Bitterbrush from the bottom because it is so technical.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 30, 2007]
Front Range Bike Rider
Cross Country Rider

Many reviewers here complain about the trail being "crowded." I ride this trail four times during the work week in the late afternoon, and usually run across between 3 and 7 riders on the trail over the entire loop. That does not seem crowded to me. There will obviously be more people on the trail on the weekends, especially Sunday. This is a great trail, and I have given up all other trails to ride this one regulalry. It has everything.

Customer Service

Antelop up to Bitterbrush, Nelson Loop, down Bitterbrush to the bottom.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 26, 2006]
loadedcarp
Weekend Warrior

Still one of the best Front Range trails, and one of my favorite all-time rides. I've yet to fully conquer the rock garden, and since I no longer live in Colorado, I might never beat it, but it sure was fun trying. The Nelson Loop and the backside of Bitterbrush (the 'lollipop stick', so to speak) are some of the sweetest riding you'll ever see. It's by no means an epic ride, but it sure is a heck of a lot of fun. This is the trail I recommend to everyone traveling out towards Boulder, and it's the trail by which I judge everything I ride against. It is indeed crowded, but most of the folks that ride this trail know what they are doing, so conflicts are extremely rare.

Customer Service

Bitterbrush through the Rock Garden, down the backside past Antelope junction and on to the Nelson Loop, ridden clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Heil Valley Ranch, Betasso Preserve, Rabbit Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 26, 2005]
skifryk
Weekend Warrior

Still a must do. The crews unnecessarily ironed out a few wrinkles in the trail, but it still remains one of the most challenging around. The antelope trail makes for interesting loop options. Antelope has alot more foot traffic than the rest of the trail system for some reason. The tecnical stuff issues a great beating on the will and ability.It's a hard trail to ride perfect, but it's possible. I'm about 3 for 20.

Customer Service

Hall Ranch parking lot up and clockwise around the ranch for a feel good ride. Counterclockwise around the ranch if you're in the mood to loose a little more juice. and up from the Hall Ranch parking lot and down the Antelope Trail if you're looking for a quickie.

Similar Products Used:

Heil, Sourdourgh, St. Vrain.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 09, 2005]
ignazjr
Cross Country Rider

Hall is a fantastic ride, definitely a great resource for those of us that live in the area. The main trail (accessed from Hwy 7) is relatively tough. There's a section approximately 1 mile long dubbed The Rock Garden. It had evolved into a technical eroded challenge but Boulder County reworked it (mostly to prevent cheater lines and further erosion) on Nat'l Trails Day 2004. They left most of the tough stuff in, but made some easier alternate lines. It's been 7 months now, though, and things are beginning to erode back to normal. The Nelson Loop at the top can be ridden either direction. Clockwise gives a shorter steeper climb and a longer swoopy downhill. Counterclockwise, of course, is the opposite. Also check out the Antelope Trail accessed from Antelope Rd. Riding Hall from this trail makes it much more of a novice ride and gives the park completely different character. Careful descending the main route back to Hwy &, though (it's a hoot). Hall sees a lot of multi use traffic which can be especially heavy on weekends. More detailed Hall info (including a topo map and photos) can be found here: http://www.redstonecyclery.com/BL%20Hall%20Ranch.htm

Customer Service

Park off of Hwy 7 just west of Lyons. Up Bitterbrush Trail, then loop the Nelson Loop and back the way you came. For extra mileage, head down the Antelope Trail for a short little out and back. For an easier ride, park at the Antelope Trailhead off of Antelope road. Climb to the intersection with the Bitterbrush Trail. Hang a right and up to the Loop. Back the way you came.

Similar Products Used:

Heil Ranch, Rabbit Mt, Johnny Park, Pole Hill Rd, Peaceful Valley, etc. Info for more rides in the area can be found here: http://www.redstonecyclery.com/bldirt.htm

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 04, 2004]
Fischman
Weekend Warrior

This is some sweet singletrack! The initial climb is moderate giving a good warmup before the serious climb and technical stretch begins. After attaining the top, the loop is fast and fun. However, this one can be really crowded. Come off-peak if you can.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 25, 2004]
johnnyd
Cross Country Rider

Not as good as it used to be... Some trail maintenance has really hurt the flow of the section right after you complete the loop and are coming back down. Still a killer trail though, with technical challenges that rival any trail I've ridden. The easy-way-around-the-hard-section trails that were added in the rock garden section are only cool if you don't even want to try for the elusive No-Dabs ride. You're the only one keeping score, so don't cheat on the hard spots that you can only get at Hall Ranch! Long live hard tails.

Customer Service

Clockwise at the loop gives you steep climbing and a longer descent.

Similar Products Used:

Heil Ranch, but it's really not the same, is it?

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 13, 2004]
nca777
Cross Country Rider

Probably the best all around trail Ive ridden. The lower section between mile 1 and 2 is very technical and most beginners and intermediate riders wioll not be able to clear many sections. Most dedicated riders should be able to clear all or most of these tech sections with a pass or two. Be prepared to fall at least once.

Similar Products Used:

You can skip the tech sections by taking the antelope trail on teh other side of the ridge in Lyons.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 05, 2003]
McRider
Cross Country Rider

Sweet, sweet ride. Nelson Loop clockwise has a super high glee factor. Spooky fast open meadow singletrack. awesome. No one else has said it yet, but it is also called Hottie Ranch cuz there are ALWAYS cute, fit girls tearing it up on mt. bikes. That is a beautiful thing. Great ride, combining a rocky technical climb and smooth wide singletrack.

Customer Service

Lollypop ride, do the loop both ways if you have the time and legs.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 30, 2003]
topmounter
Cross Country Rider

Hall Ranch is definately a fun ride. The parks people are currently constructing a new parking lot, trailhead and connector trail that will allow you to access Hall Ranch from the northwest side of Lyons (Apple Valley Road, aka The North Fruit Loop). The new trail is less technical, but is somewhat steep in places with a lot of sharp switchbacks. This makes it an easier climb in, but not a great downhill run. So once this new trail is open, you will be able to climb in on the new trail, do Nelson loop, come back out and ride out to the original trailhead and finish the loop on the road through Lyons (assuming of course you don't like challenging yourself on technical, rocky climbs). The new trail is a nice additon to an aready nice place to ride, and it is great to see new mountain bike trails being built in Boulder County

Customer Service

You can get the nitty gritty details from the other reviews, but here are my comments: Your skills and fitness have to be sharp to clean the climb in, but it is doable. However the trails change a bit as it gets repaired, so it gets harder at times. Once you are up the initial climb in, head back to Nelson loop and do some laps to get the mileage up. Clockwise is my favorite. Just watch out for the big crank level rocks on the side of the trail on the downhill part of the clockwise loop. On the trail out to the loop, there are some REALLY soft and sandy sections, which especially on the way fast return trip, can throw you for a loop.

Similar Products Used:

Horsetooth Mountain Park, Ft. Collins Sourdough Trail, Ward Walker Ranch, near Boulder

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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