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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From RangerGrady via Twitter: Lyons area trails(Heil, Hall, & Rabbit) are currently very muddy. Indian Mesa trail at Rabbit is a gravel road, & is best alt. #boco_trails

From RangerDMorris via Twitter: Hall Ranch - Very muddy right now down low. Nelson Loop will close this afternoon. #boco_trails

From RangerDMorris via Twitter: Hall Ranch - Very muddy right now down low. Nelson Loop will close this afternoon. #boco_trails

From mfbb1 via Twitter: Hall is in great shape. #boco_trails

From redstonecyclery via Twitter: Hall and Heil are both 100% open but not without mud. Tread lightly out there, please. Thank you :) #boco_trails

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A little wet here and there but good to go!

From Jake_Kth via Twitter: Marshall Mesa area is in decent shape everything east of 93 is good, west of 93 is mostly dry but definitely muddy in spots. #boco_trails

From boulderosmp via Twitter: Marshall Valley, Marshall Mesa, Comm. Ditch, Coal Seam loop generally dry with some mud (mostly on Marshall Mesa Tr.) #boco_trails

From nl_photo via Twitter: Road ride recon today, Marshall Mesa looks good to go. Unsure about west side of 93 though. #boco_trails

From goladygoladygo via Twitter: #boco_trails any recon on Marshall Mesa? Is the dirty biz rideable?

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