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Picture Rock

Intermediate
 4.1 (106)

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

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

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 106 votes

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  4.1 from 106 votes
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#15

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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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Jul 25, 2021
Rob Cronin
8.6mi — 1h 33m
Jul 11, 2021
Sam Hendrix
Great ride 16.4mi — 2h 00m
Jun 15, 2021
Andy Winn
Started in Lyons and made it to the cars before running out of light. Super hot day, but late clouds helped make it damn pleasant. 9.6mi — 2h 20m
Jun 12, 2021
Zach Renshaw
Dec 4, 2020
Spencer Douglas
Oct 11, 2020
Pizza Terps
Very rocky. Took some of the enjoyment away for me. 5.3mi up and then a return trip down.
Oct 3, 2020
Zach Renshaw
Aug 16, 2020
Jake Schulte
Very rocky, even on the flat parts 14.9mi — 3h 06m