Ponderosa Loop

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  3.2 from 10 votes
blue  Intermediate from 5 votes
Rank: #3 in the Heil Valley Ranch area
#661 in CO, #5,741 Overall
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Nov 24 Green - Dry, excellent conditions
Trail in the area near Lyons,
“A short intermediate loop at the top of Heil Ranch, with moderate terrain and a scenic overlook.”
Michael Ahnemann on Nov 28, 2012
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2.64.2 milesKilometers 203’62 m Ascent 6,802’2,073 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -183’-56 m Descent 6,605’2,013 m Low 12% Max Grade (7°)
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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PHOTOS of Ponderosa Loop
  3.8 from 4 votes
A sign warning of an aggressive grouse and the aggressive grouse (Lyons, CO)
  3.3 from 3 votes
A nice resting spot with a bench and a view. (Lyons, CO)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Great view and rest stop (Lyons, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
The group at the top of Heil Ranch Trail (Lyons, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
A rare opening on an otherwise mostly-forest trail. (Lyons, CO)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Cruising up Heil Ranch (Lyons, CO)
  2.5 from 2 votes
You interrupted my flow, man! I don't see turkeys on any of those yield... (Lyons, CO)