Picture Rock Trail

Lyons, Colorado 80540

Elevation Gain88ft
Trailhead Elevation5,337ft
Elevation Min/Max5324/5392ft
Elevation Start/End5337/5337ft

Picture Rock Trail

Picture Rock Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lyons, Colorado. It is 6.3 miles long and begins at 5,337 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 88 feet. Near the trailhead there are a recycling and a waste basket. Along the trail there are parkings and a silo. This trail connects with the following: Wild Turkey Loop and Picture Rocks Trail.

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Hiking through History Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"This hike is a simple out-and-back through a lovely little valley near Lyons. The route turns around at an old quarry site, but anybody who wants more mileage can keep going into the Heil Valley Ranch trail network. Picture Rock Trail, one of the newest and sweetest trails in the state, is a personal favorite that just happens to feature a historic site. Between the trailhead and an old quarry, one of many that occupied these hogbacks, the humble trail rises 600 feet in just over 3 miles of fl owing curves. The trail builders have been very generous here, literally going the extra mile to keep grades pleasant and subdued. Almost the entire route is tucked behind the hogback ridgeline in a small valley that stays relatively dry in winter and greens up nicely in the spring. Gambel oak, ponderosa pine, and cactus are common here." Read more

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Trail Information

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Boulder County Parks & Open Space, 5201 Saint Vrain Rd., Longmont, CO 80503; (303) 678-6200; www.bouldercounty.org/dept/openspace/pages/default.aspx
Local Contacts
Heil Valley Ranch trail map
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Dec 2018