Hall Ranch

4.59 out of 5
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↑ 2,000 ft
↓ 2,100 ft
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About this trail
From the lower parking lot, go uphill to the trailhead at the upper lot. From here it's an easy trail to follow. Follow Bitterbrush trail uphill through somewhat rough singletrack. Around the 1 mile mark you will head down a valley and up the other side into a field. From here the trail becomes physically and technically difficult. You will have roughly 1/2 mile of steep ascending with very difficult technical sections. 1 3/4 miles you reach the top of the first hill and descend into the valley only to ascend into a valley meadow. The trailis easy and hard packed. Once you reach nelson loop (3.5 miles) take a left for a switchback ascent or a right for a slightly less agressive ascent. Follow Nelson Loop (2.3 miles) but beware of speed reducing ditches that rangers dig out for drainage reasons. Once you reconect with Bitterbrush trail follow it back to your car.
added by Guest December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (54)

March 19, 2015
Review: Best trail in the front range, hands down!
There are so many options with adding miles if you wanted to do link ups, etc. The rock garden is hard going up I won't lie, but it is a fun challenge. You do get better as your lines get figured out. I have been riding this trail for years and have yet to clean it going up. Going down is much easier and way more fun. The rest of the trail is all single track with minimal techy sections near the top. How can a trail with a five mile grind up and a five mile bomb down on the most flow, clean single track not be the best trail in Colorado? I have ridden some trails that have had great reviews and cussed all the way up because whoever these folks are that think deep sandy, loose baby head rocks, non rideable sections are, "the best single track in Colorado", can kiss my a!@.
Hall Ranch is the real deal. It is challenging in spots, but overall, the trail is clean, fast and flowy.

Similar Trail: Apex

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August 12, 2014
Review: While this trail systems has many great technical attributes, its tough to rate it any higher only because its a bit of a drive to get to, and theres just not enough single track here to make it worthwhile. Nelson loop, and the first mile back down are pretty awesome to rip through, but the super technical sections the rest of the way down just aren't enough fun to justify the trip out there. Its a great lung buster to climb up, but I would rather take a little faster speed and flow as opposed to the lower speed tech decent.

Similar Trail: walker ranch

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June 16, 2014
Review: This is WAY overrated simply due to the number of people who ride and have rated it. I live nearby and if you need a good singletrack it's worthwhile, but I wouldn't put it in the top 20 trails Colorado has to offer. Don't be fooled. I'm grateful it's here, but it's not worth a long drive or going out of your way.

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June 9, 2014
Review: In my opinion this trail is overrated due to proximity to Denver. It's a great ride either up or down but... I was able to ride only one trail on the front range and decided to give it a try. I'd better go to Curt Gowdy for more miles and better flow with same technical climbs and descends.
I'm sure it's rideable without stopping once you find a clean line.
Overall nice trail if not crowded so rider could really enjoy downhill after almost 5 miles of climbing.

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April 20, 2014
Review: This is what mountain biking in the Front Range is about!!! This may be the best single trail out there, Buff Creek and Curt Gowdy have more to ride and may out rate this as a whole, but there is not a better single trail to be ridden. The tech up hurts for sure, but the variety of trail, the beauty, and the rock gardens are worth destroying your lungs for a few minutes. Fast and flowy in parts, tech and gnarly in others, surrounded by Colorado beauty the whole way. What more could one ask? Ride this trail!

Similar Trail: Heil Ranch

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March 22, 2014
Review: One of the best trails on the front range. Pretty technical, but the Nelson loop at the top is worth it.

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November 30, 2013
Review: Opposite opinion of finishstrong. This is the best trail system and open space boulder county has to offer. Beautiful scenery and brutally technical terrain. If you can't handle it dont give it a low rating just keep practicing on the betasso loop!

Similar Trail: picture rock in scenery, south saint vrain in difficulty

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March 2, 2015
Review: First off, a nine mile ride with two prominent trails is not a 'system'. Buffalo Creek, North Cheyenne Canon, and Horsetooth Mtn/Lory are examples of Front Range area systems. The low rating is not due to difficulty (i.e. I do the technical trails at Horsetooth but I'd rate it higher because it's a much more fun ride and doesn't lack variety.) The rating is compared to countless other rides nearby and statewide that are much more worth your time (with even better scenery too).

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October 8, 2013
Review: Overrated considering all the epic rides along quality, rideable trails around Colorado. This is definitely not a trail you would drive a long distance just to ride like others on the list, i.e. 18 Road, 401, CO Trail, Monarch Crest, etc. (If you are coming to the area from out of town, I'd recommend heading south and riding the superior Jefferson County trail system instead.) This is merely a great place to go if you live in Boulder County and are looking for a technical challenge close by. The Nelson Loop singletrack is nice, but it's so short that getting through the pointless hike-a-bike section on the Bitterbrush Trail is not worth it. Nelson is nothing special-there are similar trails that are significantly longer at several Front Range open spaces. Overall there's just not a whole lot of mileage or number of trails open to mountain bikers here to justify such a high ranking.

Similar Trail: Walker Ranch, Templeton(Palmer Park), Plymouth Creek (Deer Creek Canyon)

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September 19, 2013
Review: This is a trail that dropper posts were made for. For those riders who do not like rocky technical sections, head down the road and up highway 7 to the other trail head and you can get a nice smooth singletrack ascent. Once you get to the loop, go any direction you want, when you get back to the start of the loop turn around and go the other direction. There are great views of Longs Peak from the upper loop. Hall Ranch is a great trail that stays open most of the year.

Similar Trail: White Ranch

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July 10, 2013
Review: This trail is awesome, super fun flowy downhill and the climb up to Nelson loop won't wear you out so much that you can't ride the loop a couple times if you'd like. I highly recommend this trail if you live near here its a no brainer

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Hall Ranch MTB Trail 4.59 out of 5 based on 54 ratings. 54 user reviews.
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