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Picture Rock

Intermediate

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5.3 mile 8.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,017' 310 m
Descent: -36' -11 m
High: 6,384' 1,946 m
Low: 5,392' 1,643 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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

Michael Ahnemann

Electric Mountain 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.

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May 14, 2020
Jesse Sumrak
Apr 5, 2020
Jose LG
Nov 16, 2019
Roma Velasco
Sep 29, 2019
Todd Murphy
Aug 31, 2019
Kyle Wederquist
Aug 28, 2019
Cheyenne Dane
rode with out stopping past 4 mile marker 10.6mi
Aug 1, 2019
Natalie Clark
Jul 20, 2019
David Jex

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  4.1 from 96 votes

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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
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
Classic break spot on the trail!
Sep 16, 2019 near Lyons, CO

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