Hall Ranch

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4.58 out of 5
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9
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Singletrack
↑ 3,900 ft
↓ 4,100 ft
5,457
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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 January 1, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Gramcounter


April 16, 2016
 
Review: In my opinion, Hall Ranch is one of the best trails on the Front Range. I think some people may disagree with that but, hey, I don't care. I loved that trail and miss it now that I've moved east.

Hall Ranch is fast/flowy, has sections of technical climbing/descending through the rock garden, beautiful scenery with a great view of Mt. Meeker/Longs Peak at the top, can be linked with Heil Ranch via the Picture Rock connector trail, and is ridable even in the winter as it's largely exposed, so the snow melts quickly. Though a long ride for some, you can also ride to it from Boulder or Longmont via dirt roads to add miles to your ride.

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Gramcounter


March 13, 2016
 
Review: This a really nice trail with some great technical sections, nice scenery, and usually dries out fairly quickly. It definitely offers some physically and technically challenging sections and isn't really the best choice for beginners. (I say as I was stuck behind a gung ho dad trying to get his young boy up it!)

The downside is it's popularity almost always assures there will be a lot of other riders on the weekends or after work. And if you have a bit of a drive to get there, there is nothing worse than getting to there and seeing the lot full.

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Bunny Hop


October 14, 2015
zgcracker Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Hall Ranch was one of my favorite local rides living in Boulder. Certainly not an epic ride that you would travel to from a distance as said below, but if you live locally, it provides a good mix of technical and fast riding. I often rode the loop at top a couple of times, changing up the direction to lengthen my ride.

Similar Trail: Walker Ranch

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Bunny Hop

March 20, 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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Gnarly


August 13, 2014
rcraft6826 Gnarly  
 
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
Guest   
 
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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Singletrack


June 9, 2014
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
 
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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Gnarly

April 20, 2014
Gdb49 Gnarly  
 
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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Trailblazer

March 22, 2014
uber_franz Trailblazer  
 
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
Guest   
 
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 3, 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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Hall Ranch MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 57 ratings. 57 user reviews.
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