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Hall Ranch

Average Rating:    (4.46 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 24

All singletrack, rocky on the lower section but mostly ridable.
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Latitude
40.209425576233414
Longitude
-105.28799057006836
Trail Directions
2 miles out of Lyons on Hwy 7 on the right hand side
Trail Length
8 miles with one loop
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lyons
   


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Review Date
June 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tundraline ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Many reviewers here complain about the trail being crowded. On average, I ride this trail four times during the work week in the late afternoon, and typically run across between 3 and 7 riders on the trail over the entire loop, whcih does not seem very crowded to me. There will obviously be more people on the trail on the weekends, especially Sunday. This is a great trail, and I pretty much ride this trail to the exclusion of all other local trails because it has a great mix of terrain, you get a great workout, it's challenging, and has incredible scenery. If you sign up at Oskar Blue's in Lyons, you can get a free beer for doing the entire loop from Lyons. Make sure everything is tight on your bike before starting. This trail will reveal mechanical flaws and loose bolts quickly.

Recommended Route:
Anelope trailhead up to Bitterbrush trail, Bitterbrush trail to Nelson loop, back down Bitterbrush all the way, loop back around to Antelope Trailhead via Hwy 7, Lyons, Hwy 36, Apple Valley Road, and Antelope Road back to the trailhead. I avoid going up Bitterbrush from the bottom because it is so technical.



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Review Date
July 26, 2006

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: loadedcarp ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Still one of the best Front Range trails, and one of my favorite all-time rides. I've yet to fully conquer the rock garden, and since I no longer live in Colorado, I might never beat it, but it sure was fun trying. The Nelson Loop and the backside of Bitterbrush (the 'lollipop stick', so to speak) are some of the sweetest riding you'll ever see. It's by no means an epic ride, but it sure is a heck of a lot of fun. This is the trail I recommend to everyone traveling out towards Boulder, and it's the trail by which I judge everything I ride against. It is indeed crowded, but most of the folks that ride this trail know what they are doing, so conflicts are extremely rare.

Recommended Route:
Bitterbrush through the Rock Garden, down the backside past Antelope junction and on to the Nelson Loop, ridden clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Heil Valley Ranch, Betasso Preserve, Rabbit Mountain



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Review Date
August 26, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: skifryk ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Still a must do. The crews unnecessarily ironed out a few wrinkles in the trail, but it still remains one of the most challenging around. The antelope trail makes for interesting loop options. Antelope has alot more foot traffic than the rest of the trail system for some reason. The tecnical stuff issues a great beating on the will and ability.It's a hard trail to ride perfect, but it's possible. I'm about 3 for 20.

Recommended Route:
Hall Ranch parking lot up and clockwise around the ranch for a feel good ride. Counterclockwise around the ranch if you're in the mood to loose a little more juice. and up from the Hall Ranch parking lot and down the Antelope Trail if you're looking for a quickie.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Heil, Sourdourgh, St. Vrain.



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Review Date
February 9, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ignazjr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Hall is a fantastic ride, definitely a great resource for those of us that live in the area. The main trail (accessed from Hwy 7) is relatively tough. There's a section approximately 1 mile long dubbed The Rock Garden. It had evolved into a technical eroded challenge but Boulder County reworked it (mostly to prevent cheater lines and further erosion) on Nat'l Trails Day 2004. They left most of the tough stuff in, but made some easier alternate lines. It's been 7 months now, though, and things are beginning to erode back to normal.

The Nelson Loop at the top can be ridden either direction. Clockwise gives a shorter steeper climb and a longer swoopy downhill. Counterclockwise, of course, is the opposite. Also check out the Antelope Trail accessed from Antelope Rd. Riding Hall from this trail makes it much more of a novice ride and gives the park completely different character.

Careful descending the main route back to Hwy &, though (it's a hoot). Hall sees a lot of multi use traffic which can be especially heavy on weekends.

More detailed Hall info (including a topo map and photos) can be found here:
http://www.redstonecyclery.com/BL%20Hall%20Ranch.htm

Recommended Route:
Park off of Hwy 7 just west of Lyons. Up Bitterbrush Trail, then loop the Nelson Loop and back the way you came. For extra mileage, head down the Antelope Trail for a short little out and back. For an easier ride, park at the Antelope Trailhead off of Antelope road. Climb to the intersection with the Bitterbrush Trail. Hang a right and up to the Loop. Back the way you came.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Heil Ranch, Rabbit Mt, Johnny Park, Pole Hill Rd, Peaceful Valley, etc.
Info for more rides in the area can be found here:
http://www.redstonecyclery.com/bldirt.htm



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Review Date
September 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Fischman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is some sweet singletrack! The initial climb is moderate giving a good warmup before the serious climb and technical stretch begins. After attaining the top, the loop is fast and fun. However, this one can be really crowded. Come off-peak if you can.



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