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Wapiti Trail

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 2.8 from 6 votes
  Intermediate from 2 votes
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Rank: #27 in Boulder
#406 in Colorado
#2,754 Overall
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“The main trail at Heil climbing up from the trailhead to the Ponderosa loop and beyond.”
Michael Ahnemann on Nov 28, 2012
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2.6 Miles Singletrack Type 812’ Ascent 0’ Descent 5,895’ Low 6,707’ High
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This trail climbs, mostly gradually, right from the trailhead. You'll start out on a rough dirt road, but don't worry - the singletrack starts just up ahead.

Once you hit the singletrack, it's a steady climb for about 2.5 miles, all the way up to the junction with the Ponderosa Loop. The trail mostly runs through a heavily forested area, so there's plenty of shade.

The area is extremely rocky - the ground is covered with many softball to basketball sized rocks. But the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance and others have done much work to clean up the trail, make it flow better, and keep it sustainable.

Ride this trail about 2.5 miles to the junction of the Ponderosa loop. You can connect this to multiple loops at the top of Heil, or to the Picture Rock trail, which leads down to Lions and Hall Ranch.
History & Background
The 5200 acre open space making up Heil Ranch trails and the newer Picture Rock trail are part of a large land purchase made by Boulder County Parks and Open Space in 1993 and 1994. The area housed large quarry operations from the 1890's to the 1960's.
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Recent Conditions
May 31
Geer Canyon Rd access is finally open! More and more muddy patches the closer you get to the Ponderosa junction.
May 18
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A solid ride close to Boulder that is often ridden from town.
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PHOTOS of Wapiti Trail
 4.0 from 4 votes
The first section of Heil singletrack is a smooth climb, with great scen... (Lyons, CO)
 3.0 from 3 votes
More smooth flow at Heil towards the start/end of the ride. (Lyons, CO)
 3.0 from 3 votes
It's a quick blast down Heil to finish out your ride. (Lyons, CO)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Wapiti is one of my favorite rides when there's snow on the ground. It t... (Lyons, CO)
 2.5 from 2 votes
A mellow and smooth section heading up the Wapiti Trail at Heil Ranch. ... (Lyons, CO)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Climbing up the dirt road to start the Heil ranch ride. (Lyons, CO)
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