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Heil Valley Ranch

Average Rating:    (3.19 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 32

The trail starts with about a half mile of fire road climbing, followed by two miles of uphill singletrack. Next is a 2.5 mile loop with a lookout midway. Return via the way you came up.
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Latitude
40.14941439977681
Longitude
-105.30019998550415
Trail Directions
Take 36 North out of Boulder. Take a left at Left Hand Canyon Road and then a right on Geer Canyon Road. The trailhead is a little over a mile up the road.
Trail Length
7.6 miles total
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Boulder
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Review Date
April 16, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: sloppyart ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There are already a lot of good reviews on here, so I won't go into detail, but you can ignore any reviews more than a couple of years old. A lot of work has been put into this trail. It has been re-routed in a few spots which I think help with the flow a little bit. You can still expect a healthy quantity of rocks towards the top but it's easily ridable.

I ride it about half the time on a 5" travel full suspension bike, and half on my single speed hard tail. I don't have an issue riding it on the hard tail. Obviously it's a little more bumpy, but not to the point I don't have fun.

Those rocks that they put in to slow people down on the way down Wapiti...I can't even tell they are there anymore. I use them as gates. There is a nice flow around them now.

Recommended Route:
My ideal ride length is about 15 miles. I ride up Wapiti, turn left at the top of the climb, turn left at the overlook, swing around to Picture Rock, down Picture Rock to the big rock picnic table (good place to take a break and have a snack). Then I ride back up Picture Rock and go up Wild Turkey and back to (and down) Wapiti.

This is about 16.5 miles. And a pretty easy 16.5 miles too.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you want more technical / bigger rocks: Hall Ranch. If you want easier / more buff: Betasso Preserve.



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Review Date
April 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Soundtallica ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First off, Wapiti trail is awful. It's rocky, but seemingly just for the heck of it. The rocks get annoying after a while, as they are more of a nuisance than a technical challenge here.

But when you get to Wild Turkey and Ponderosa, things get better. These two loops are less rocky and have more flow to them, and actually seem like a true MTB trail. The lookout at the end of Wild Turkey is beautiful, it overlooks HWY 7 and Hall ranch. A good place to stop and rest.

Use Picture Rock (branching off the lower half of Wild Turkey) to connect to Hall Ranch for an epic ride.

Recommended Route:
I'd rather go up Picture Rock (an awesome trail by the way) and ride Wild Turkey and Ponderosa than go up Wapiti.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
HALL RANCH



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Review Date
August 12, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: hopsalot ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Think of this trail as a mini Porcupine Rim, some ares are smooth and fast, others full of chunky sharp rock and other with lots of places to pump the trail and maintain speed without brakes or pedaling (on the downhill). The climbing is easy with a few nice rock gardens to keep it interesting, but the down...it's a challenging trail to ride fast and that makes it a great trail in my book.

Recommended Route:
Counterclockwise at the top.



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Review Date
April 19, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Phatpants ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Inbetween Lyons and Boulder, quick semi-technical climb to get to several loops. Beautiful area, and dries out extremely fast after rain or snow.

Recommended Route:
Ride/drive north out of Boulder, left on Left Hand Canyon Dr. Proceed to trail head. Ride Wapiti up, then choose which loop you would like to do. Take Picture Rock trail out/back, or take it out to Lyons for a quick road jaunt to Hall Ranch.

Coming back down Wapiti is awesome, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for uphill riders and hikers.



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Phatpants (04/19/2011)
Heil Ranch video:
http://www.vimeo.com/22491281
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Review Date
November 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: easymzm ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Let me start off by saying that I will not be whining about the rocks. Granted the trail is rocky but it is a fun kind of rocky. I have enjoyed every ride at Heil Ranch whether on a hardtail or a 100mm travel bike.
It is very true that the rocks and mini boulders can bring your bike to a halt but it is also true that there is almost always a nice flowy line to choose that will glide over those obstacles with ease.
There are many sections with a lovely "flow" to them. It's just a matter of finessing your bike through what appears to be a jagged and impassable rock garden. The trails are very rewarding but mistakes are costly.

Recommended Route:
Head up the Wapiti trail for a gradual climb through the rocky woods. Take a left onto the Ponderosa loop and ride to the overlook. From there take the left fork to head down a gently sloped and lovely smooth windy singletrack that becomes a bit more technical as it loses a bit more elevation before sending you back uphill. Picture Rock trail makes an excellent out and back route if you are looking to add an extra 11 miles to your ride (or you can use picture rock to connect to Hall Ranch for a truly epic day of riding). Continue along past Picture Rock for the climb out. Take a left to stay on Ponderosa loop and then take a left onto the Wapiti Trail for one of the most fun downhills available in the area back down to the parking lot.
The Wild Turkey trail can also be thrown in there but I certainly think it is the rockiest and slowest trail in the park.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hall Ranch



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