Antelope Trail

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Antelope is a great way for the intermediate rider to ride into Hall Ranch. It's got a little bit of everything: easy switchbacks, rocky sections and some great flowy turns. It's only a mile long, but has good elevation gain without ever getting too steep. Most of the trail is singletrack with only two short sections of fire road (the first is the beginning of the trail). If you are looking for a great ride to practice your skills and get more comfortable riding on the kind of trails we have here in Boulder County, look no further!

Antelope Trailhead Sign - They mean it!!!!

Before, I go any further, see that sign? They mean it. Also, only park in a real parking spot if you drive. This is a ticket hotspot!

To ride this trail, you'll either be coming up from the Antelope Trailhead (see directions), or connecting with the Bitterbrush Trail to the rest of Hall Ranch. If you are doing the former, be aware that there are very few spots to park at this trailhead and it is often full on weekends. We totally recommend that you park at Sandstone Park, which is in downtown Lyons about 1.5 miles away. This also gives you a great warmup for the ride (yeah, if you're 17 years old, you might not need a warmup. If you're like me and more than twice that age, warmup is key!).

From the trailhead you're going to head up a short section of loose, pointy, babyheads (rocks about the size of an infant's head - hey I didn't make up the term. I'm just using it.) for only a couple hundred yards. This section may seem both challenging and not fun, but hang on! Things are going to get better very fast. After this section, you'll enter into some steady rolling climbing on singletrack with several easily managed rocky outcrops in the trail.

The Bump on Antelope

A rocky outcrop in the singletrack! Rock on.

This continues on for the better part of the ride. You know you're almost at the top when you reach a section of old road with a few barely noticeable patches of old asphalt. It's pretty steep and manky here, but hit the afterburner as it's a short climb and then you'll get a nice break.

The trail ends at the Junction of Lower Bitterbrush (fork to your left) and Upper Bitterbrush (fork to your right). If you're like me, you'll take a quick break at the bench just beyond this junction.

Rest easy pilgrim, you're at the bench

Note: Again, parking is limited at the trailhead.  You may want to park in downtown Lyons, at Sandstone Park, and ride up. Here are directions to Sandstone Park.

 

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Comments

From redstonecyclery via Twitter: Heil and Hall Ranches both have stellar conditions RIGHT NOW! Go get some! #boco_trails http://t.co/rHJJbwoz09

From mfbb1 via Twitter: Great ride at Hall. Tacky hero dirt most of the way - no mud #boco_trails

From bracyknight via Twitter: #boco_trails Hall Ranch and Rabbit Mtn great condition. But PLEASE don't ride off the trail to pass! Just stop, lean, and love the trails.

perfect hero dirt!

From redstonecyclery via Twitter: Reports are coming in. Something about excellent dirt at Hall Ranch... #boco_trails

From mfbb1 via Twitter: Hall was great today. 100 ft. of mud on south side of Nelson loop, otherwise dry. #boco_trails

Trail condition updated to Fair.

From RangerVroman via Twitter: Picture Rock Trail at Heil Valley Ranch and Nelson Loop at Hall Ranch Open! #boco_trails

From RangerDMorris via Twitter: Hall Ranch - Nelson Loop is opened. #boco_trails

From redstonecyclery via Twitter: Bitterbrush Trail at Hall Ranch is good to go! The few puddles are drying quickly. Nelson Loop and Pic Rock are still closed #boco_trails

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