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Picture Rock

Intermediate
 4.2 (100)

A newer, professionally buit section of trail linking Heil Ranch with Lyons and Hall Ranch.


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Map Key

5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

Singletrack

6,384' 1,946 m

High

5,392' 1,643 m

Low

1,017' 310 m

Up

36' 11 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Description

This newer section of trail was built to connect Heil Ranch down to Lyons, making it possible to link Heil Ranch and Hall Ranch together. With this trail, it's now possible to start a ride in Lyons and make it up to Heil Ranch, where Heil was previously only rideable from the trailhead off Lefthand Canyon.

The trail was designed and built by professional trail builders, with a goal of making a sustainable trail that would entertain advanced riders, but still be rideable by most. The upper section of trail is quite rocky, just like the rest of Heil ranch, and it can take quite a bit of energy to ride in either direction.

This trail can be used in many ways. You can start a ride in Lyons and ride up to Heil, you can ride out and back from the Wilder Turkey trail at Heil. Or you can use it to link Heil with Hall, making for a pretty epic ride.

Descending from the connection with the Wild Turkey trail at Heil, be prepared for about 2.5 miles of constant small rocks, with some larger obstacles thrown in. Some beginner riders may have a hard time with this section.

About halfway down, you'll reach an old grain silo at the side of the trail, and the riding becomes smoother and generally easier from here. For advanced riders, the remaining section down to Lyons is flowy, fast, and very fun.

Contacts

Shared By:

Michael Ahnemann with improvements by Markus Groner

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  4.2 from 100 votes

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  4.2 from 100 votes
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#12

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#28

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Photos

One of the landmarks of Picture Rock Trail.
Jun 12, 2019 near Lyons, CO
1940's car at the old quarry
May 30, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Such a relief to finally make it up to that bench at this intersection.
Oct 1, 2015 near Lyons, CO
Old car near quarry site
Jul 24, 2015 near Lyons, CO
This is the look on my face the whole time I'm riding.
Oct 1, 2015 near Lyons, CO
You can't miss this old grain silo that marks the halfway point along the Picture Rock trail.  From here down to Lyons is smooth and flowy singletrack.
Feb 5, 2013 near Lyons, CO

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Aug 9, 2020
Zach Renshaw
Aug 4, 2020
Maribeth Olsen
w J Boogie 10.6mi
Jul 19, 2020
Zach Renshaw
Jul 2, 2020
Brandon Moynihan
Pleasant climb with some light technical sections. Rolling downhill following the same route as the uphill climb. Great views of rolling valleys.
Jun 27, 2020
Zach Renshaw
9.9mi — 1h 51m
Jun 14, 2020
Zach Renshaw
10mi — 1h 48m
Jun 13, 2020
Bab Rosh
looks a fab ride . starting now..
May 14, 2020
Jesse Sumrak