Ponderosa Loop

Trail Meter: 
Closed

The good: This trail has great views (see that picture below), and after all the climbing you've done to get there, it's relatively flat. The bad? It's full of loose babyhead rocks, and is a pretty wide trail. That said, there are some really fun sections of trail on this loop, and if you love riding on pointy baby heads, this is a thrill a minute for you!

 

The Ponderosa Loop is at the top of the Wapiti trail which starts at the Heil Valley Ranch Wapiti trailhead. If you ride up that trail until you get to a fork, you are at the Ponderosa Loop. Alternately, you can get to the loop coming up from the Picture Rock trail with leads to the Wild Turkey trail and then onto this loop (the Wild Turkey trail actually starts and ends from the Ponderosa Loop and is a great way to add miles to the top of this ride (and it's a lot smoother).

If you look at the map, you'll see that the Ponderosa Loop might also be called the Banana Loop due to its shape. If you ride up on the west side of the banana you'll be riding slightly uphill on the more baby head-laden side of the loop. Riding down the East side gets you a bit of fun trail with a great little rock jump. So, that makes this loop work best going clockwise! Of course, neither way is very steep, so expect to pedal a bit going downhill and not too much going uphill.

 

Overlook view in January

 

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T: 6 A: 4 C: 3

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3
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2.6 mi.
270 ft.

Comments

‏@RangerGrady Heil Valley is still bleeding water everywhere, all multi-use trails will remain closed thru the weekend, Hall is all open. #boco_trails

still closed, muddy conditions, check http://www.bouldercounty.org/os/parks/Pages/default.aspx for updates

condition set to Closed

closed due to mud, check http://www.bouldercounty.org/os/parks/Pages/default.aspx for reopen status

Trail Meter: Poor»Closed

BCPOS Closure.... Muddy conditions

Trail Meter: Fair»Poor

Trail condition updated to Poor.

Trail Meter: Poor»Fair

The springs are alive.... Ride through the mud!

mud bsth

Trail Meter: Fair»Poor

very muddy

Trail Meter: Good»Fair

Very wet

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