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
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
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.