Wapiti Trail

Trail Meter: 
Poor

Accessing Heil Ranch from the Lefthand trailhead? You'll be riding up the Wapiti trail until you reach the Ponderosa Loop about two and a half miles up. A couple notes before you get started: if the trailhead is full, don't park along the road, you're nearly guaranteeing yourself a ticket. Also, stay off the Lichen Trail, it's hiking only.

The first section of the trail starts climbing on the access road, and is very straightforward. In the spring or wet, the small creek crossing may be wet, but other than that, it's smooth sailing to the start of the singletrack on your left (the Lichen Trail also connects here to the right, please heed that bike closure). After crossing a bridge and hitting your first of many switchbacks, you'll come to a clearing with a bench. It's an amazing view back down the Heil Valley and also of the Olde Stage Road area.

Moving onward, you'll head into the trees, rocks, and switchbacks. This trail has been reworked since it's opening ten years ago, and instead of the three feet wide straight trail of old, it's been narrowed, twistified, and fun-ified. While the trail is never overly steep, it's collection of rocks and turns make it challenging not only technically but aerobically as well. After some well used trail time, you'll end up at the Ponderosa Loop intersection - ride some of Heil's stacked loops, or turn around the way you came and enjoy a great downhill to the car.

Also, there's plenty of relics from the Heil's pre-open space days. Old buildings, quarried areas, and other snapshots from the past are spread throughout the area - keep your eyes open!

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2.65 mi.
775 ft.

Comments

Trail Meter: Fair»Poor

Rode 2/9, was miserable... Trail needs to dry up

9:00am, icy and snow covered the entire way but rideable up until about .25 miles from the loop...

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Slushy and sliding conditions but rideable with very low pressure fat bike and balance. Becomes postholed with few snowshoers to pack it down higher up at the first split (I think that's where I was). Wild turkeys roaming in packs.

Trail Meter: Poor»Fair

Tried to snow bike 2/5, was unrideable due to snow depth...made it to the trailhead walking almost the entire way... Trail needs traffic to pack it down for bicycles...

Trail Meter: Good»Poor

condition set to Poor

From 1/31, ride early everything is frozen... Fat bikes recommended!

A couple muddy spots, but dry overall

good to go... just one soft spot low just before you get into the trees

Trail Meter: Fair»Good

Couple mud puddles to roll through but this trail is 90% dry.

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