Ponderosa Loop

 11 votes

2.6 Miles 4.2 Kilometers

Singletrack

203' 62 m

Ascent

-183' -56 m

Descent

6,802' 2,073 m

High

6,605' 2,013 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

All Clear

6,802' 2,073 m

High

6,605' 2,013 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

A short intermediate loop at the top of Heil Ranch, with moderate terrain and a scenic overlook.

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Description

The Ponderosa loop connects with the top of the Wapiti trail, and is marked with a wooden signpost. Here, you can continue straight to ride the loop counter-clockwise, or make a left. It doesn't matter which direction you choose - either way, you'll find yourself rolling trail, with many rocks, some loose, along the way. The trail is still intermediate here, but pay attention - the loose rocks can throw you off your line.

Halfway around the loop you'll find a scenic overlook with a park bench - perfect for a breather and a snack. The overlook provides a far away view of Hall Ranch below - which you can ride to by joining up with the Picture Rock trail.

Also along the Ponderosa loop are turnoffs for the Wild Turkey trail, which then leads to the Picture Rock trail, which can be ridden to Lyons 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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Sep 10, 2016
Gregg Cummins
Dry
Jul 10, 2016
Paul Billings
West side of Ponderosa, then Wild Turkey 1.4mi
Jul 7, 2016
Pat Grewe
May 11, 2016
Paul Billings
Oct 1, 2015
Jared Crockett
Only rode the western half again in the clockwise direction, but I really enjoy that! Mostly downhill flowing fun through the trees and awesome views
Aug 5, 2015
Teresa Tarn
2.6mi
Apr 10, 2015
Jared Crockett
I only rode half the loop, and it was in the downhill direction from Wapiti to the overlook. That was fun!!
Nov 29, 2014
Leah Brenner

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