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Picture Rock

Intermediate
 4.1 (119)

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


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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 119 votes

#55

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  4.1 from 119 votes
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#22

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#55

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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

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Bad / Closed 15 days ago
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Nov 6, 2022
Loren D
10.6mi — 1h 30m
Sep 20, 2022
Loren D
Lots of recent trail work has smoothed out about the first mile going up from the silo for better flow, especially downhill. 10mi — 1h 30m
Aug 20, 2022
Jacob Wells
Jun 19, 2022
Trevor Stout
made it almost to the junction but rain came in so we headed back. rode with Chris 5mi — 3h 30m
Apr 30, 2022
Zach Renshaw
Mar 31, 2022
Loren D
Dry to the car, I didn't venture farther but it seems the whole trail should be clear. 3.2mi — 1h 00m
Oct 18, 2021
L A
Sep 7, 2021
Vincent Sands