Ponderosa Loop

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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°)

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16 days agoUpdate

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

Michael Ahnemann

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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Nov 16, 2016
Paul Billings
Nov 12, 2016
Cara Hubbell
Picture Rock > Wild Turkey > Ponderosa > Wild Turkey > Picture Rock With Zac, James, and Josh 15mi — 3h 00m
Oct 19, 2016
kyle foust
Oct 11, 2016
Raúl Gross
Did counter clockwise. Like clockwise better.
Sep 27, 2016
Denise Miller
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

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All Clear 16 days ago

Just a quick heads-up to MTBProject - the entire northern half of Ponderosa Loop has undergone quite a bit of maintenance and erosion control to stabilize the trail and remove much of the loose rocky chunder that had developed over the years. Jul 8, 2014


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