Lichen Loop

Boulder County, Colorado

Elevation Gain483ft
Trailhead Elevation5,888ft
Elevation Min/Max5885/6145ft
Elevation Start/End5888/5888ft

Lichen Loop

Lichen Loop is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 5,888 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 483 feet. The Heil Ranch parking is near the trailhead. Along the trail there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Wapiti Trail.

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Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Maureen Keilty
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"Close to Boulder yet separate and serene, in the 5000-acre Heil Valley Ranch the Great Plains meet the southern Rocky Mountains. The pedestrian-only Lichen Trail loops around a rocky, pine-dotted foothill, giving hikers a sampling of the region’s grasslands, shrublands, forests, and canyons. A gentle creek provides a cooling start and end to summer hikes here. The Lichen Loop Trail begins at the west end of the parking lot at the footbridge over a small creek. When the trail forks, follow it to the left for a gentle ascent around the loop. The trail’s namesake shows off as bright green and gold crusts on the rocks and boulders here. Lichen, seemingly dry and lifeless, reigns among the oldest plants in the region, hundreds of years in most cases. Kids are surprised to learn that lichens actually break down rock." Read more

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Trail Information

Boulder County
Nearby City
For current conditions and more information, contact Boulder County, or (303) 678-6200
Local Contacts
Boulder County Parks and Open Space–Heil Valley Ranch; USGS Lyons
Local Maps

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Dec 2018