Hall Ranch

Lyons, Colorado 80540

Hall Ranch

Hall Ranch Professional Guide

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"Opened in 1997, Hall Ranch is one of Boulder County’s premier trails. Part of the North Foothills Open Space, Hall Ranch has become a favorite among Boulder area mountain bikers, and deservedly so. Its smooth and wide singletrack leads through varying terrain of open meadow and higher mixed conifer forests.

Dramatic hogbacks, exposed sandstone granite domes, and distant cliffs are all to be seen by the curious rider. At one point, riders are offered an incredible view of Longs Peak (14,255 feet) and Mount Meeker. A great ride for both the beginner and advanced rider, Hall Ranch offers a short, moderately easy to technical trail system close to Boulder."

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Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"A special ride that rockhounds will love. Test your skills in Hall’s locally famous Rock Garden on this short but intense single-track loop. Well north of Boulder, just out of range of the stench of vomit-soaked frat houses, is the next hottest little town in Colorado, Lyons. Lyons has a little bit of anything you might need, including but not limited to vintage pinball sessions, beer festivals, and mountain biking. Hall Ranch, a beautiful parcel of public land sprawling across the foothills just outside town, provides the opportunity to ride mountain bikes while pinballing yourself off vintage rock outcroppings."
Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"One of the best day hikes in the Estes Park/Lyons area. Beautiful vistas, stunning sandstone cliffs, abundant wildlife, cacti, and flower-filled meadows are what you are going to see on this hike. Pick up a Hall Ranch brochure from the kiosk and enhance your hike by reading the information in the brochure."
Run The Rockies: Classic Trail Runs in Colorado's Front Range (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Steven Bragg
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"It does not get any better than the first half of this route, which is on the Nighthawk Trail - really one of the finest runs in the Colorado Front Range, especially near its western end where spectacular views of Longs Peak appear. Grade: An average six degree angle of ascent seems easy on the excellent Nighthawk Trail. The route becomes more rocky and uncertain during its second half, primarily on the Bitterbrush Trail, which is somewhat more eroded."

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4/20/2016
I go here all the time. Very beautiful ... Dogs are not allowed! This is a easy to strenuous trail, do your research. I saw at least 20 deer today and some mighty big paw prints! On weekends it can get crazy with mountain bikers but most of them are usually polite and safe. Great trails!!!
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7/5/2011
Great hike with beautiful and very few people. Need to carry enough water for all 10 miles. I took my 12 year old son, 9 year old niece, and 8 year old daughter. It was a challenge for them, but we finished the loop of Nighthawk, the ranch loop, and Bitterbrush in about 5 hours. There were a ton of wild flowers in bloom.
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9/11/2009
This ride is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!, it offers everything any Mountain Biker could wish for, smooth sections, rocky sections, fast singletrack, switch backs, stunning scenery, and lots more.
I have been testing trails now for 2 years for www.mountainbikemayhem, and have done well over a hundred trails throughout the USA, I can honestly say that this trail is probably the best all round trail I have done.
To me, the "Hall Ranch Trail" is what Mountain Biking is about, and I give it a 10/10

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9/1/2009
Overall, this is a fun ride. It is rather exposed so either go early and/or bring plenty of water and sunglasses. Nice scenery and nice trails that have something for everyone.
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8/23/2008
I've hiked this more than any other trail. At least a hundred times. It's moderate, especially if you take the bike trail route not the pedestrian/equestrian route. Too hot in the heat of summer- there's just NO cover. Lots of bees the last five years on the lower 20 minutes of the trail. It gets worse every year and I've reported it.
Still- I love this hike. It changes, so you have something new to look at. It takes about 3+45 to finish (including the loop- starting from the main lot up HWY 7)
I've seen herds of deer, a mountain lion, rattlesnakes, and I swear I even saw an armadillo once, but no one believes me!
If I'm not bringing Bob (my Golden) with me- then this is the nearest trail to my home, so I do it alot. If I bring Bob, the nearest is Rabbit Mountain.
Compared to Rabbit and Heil, I like Heil best, then Hall, then Rabbit. Rabbit Mountain is just too rocky! lol.
Don't wear an I-Pod if you hike the bike side. It's a popular biking trail due to it's difficulty, and some bikers can sneak up on you!
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4/25/2008
This is a great trip for people interested in wildlife photos. I was able to hike up on 6 different herds of mule deer, each numbering 20-50 deer. I also ran into tons of prarie dogs, rabbits, golden eagles and I even managed to see a black footed ferrit. The animals won't come begging for food but they generally aren't too afraid of you either letting you get within surpising distance.
The flowers weren't in bloom yet but should be soon enough so a May hike should be beautifil as well.
The Hall Ranch's history is somewhat interesting but the fact it's been boarded up with modern plywood all over detracts from it quite a bit as it just makes it look like a condemmed house.
The trail itself is a very easy grade and not very steep at all making it excellent for beginners. For those interested it took me from 8am-noon for the entire round trip and I took several stops to enjoy the views.
Also, just to make sure it's clear this is a day park only, no camping, no dogs due to wildcats (I saw tracks but no cats) and the trail also shares with horse riders and mountain bikes. Thankfully the trail was mostly deserted when I hiked it but just at noon I did see several horses on the trail and a couple bikers.
Overall, I highly recommend the spot, the trails in great shape, offers great views and the wildlife shots are fantastic.
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10/30/2006
I wanted to make sure others knew that there is NO DOGS ALLOWED on this trail. I wasn't able to hike it because I had my dog with me - so no particulars about the trail!
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8/23/2002
This trail combines technical rock climbs in the first 2 or 3 miles and sweet singletrack uphill until the peak. At this point, you will experience the sweetest downhill with narrow chutes and fast ground. My favorite in Colorado so far!
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4/6/2001
Although Hall Ranch is good singletrack, anyone who says that it's the best in Boulder County is misinformed. It may be one of the top-5 singletracks in Boulder County, but that's about it. For example Cerain St. Vrain is a much nicer trail. The trails up by Sourdough and Camp Dick are way better, and most of the singletrack in Lefthand Canyon handily outpaces Hall Ranch. Not to be a jerk, I just believe that Hall Ranch's "greatness" has been overdone on this site. It is a nice ride though.
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1/1/2001
This is my favorite trail near boulder. I only started mountain biking last summer and doing this trail improved my technical riding a ton. The uphill is technical and physically demanding. The downhill is fast and technical. Traffic can be high late in the afternoons and on weekends, but it's never caused me any problems. If you'd like improve you're riding and get a good workout in the process hall ranch is great.
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Trail Information

Lyons
Nearby City
10.2
Distance
1,182 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty
Mostly wide and hard-packed singletrack.
Terrain
1.5-2 hours
Duration
Apr-Nov
Season
Hiking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Boulder; (303) 678-6200; www.bouldercounty.org/departments/parks-and-open-space/
Local Contacts
USGS Lyons, CO; Boulder County Parks and Open Space Hall Ranch trail map; ZIA Maps: Boulder County Mountain Bike Map; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Pages 29 C-7 and 30 C-1.
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