Heil Valley Ranch
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|Trail||Condition||Comments||Updated Date||Edit Trail Conditions||Trail Meter||Nid|
|Picture Rock Trail||
|It's December 12 and it doesn't get any better than this||6 days 14 hours||edit trail conditions||Good||246|
|Almost completely dry and snow-free||12 hours 19 min||edit trail conditions||Good||247|
|Almost completely dry and snow-free||12 hours 19 min||edit trail conditions||Good||248|
|Wild Turkey Trail||
|Almost completely dry and snow-free||12 hours 19 min||edit trail conditions||Good||249|
Heil Valley Ranch lies between Lefthand Canyon and Lyons, with trailheads on the northern and southern edge (Picture Rock and Heil Valley Ranch Trailheads, respectively). This Boulder County Open Space park is popular with the MTB set as well as runners and hikers. Climb from either trailhead, and several miles in you’ll reach several options for loops in the heart of the park, as well as a fantastic overlook.
Picture Rock Trail, accessed from the Lyons (north) side, starts as a narrow, swoopy trail up a wide valley, and passes several ranch and quarry relics from the area’s past. The second half of Picture Rock becomes more rocky, twisty, and traverses the ‘great wall’ of Boulder County Open Space. It intersects the middle of the Wild Turkey Trail, which connects to the Ponderosa Loop at each end.
From the Lefthand Canyon side, you’ll climb the Wapiti Trail north through the woods to the edge of the Ponderosa Loop. While not overly steep, the trail is rocky enough to provide challenges for nearly any rider.
Check out the individual trail descriptions for more detailed info on each trail. Linking up all of these trails makes for a big day, so get out and get some of the finest singletrack in Boulder County.