Heil Valley Ranch

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.84 out of 5
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Intermediate
14
miles

Singletrack
↑ 7,100 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
5,362
elevation (ft)

Lariat
Trail Description
About this trail
There are currently 13.5 miles of bike-legal trails at Heil Valley ranch, but in order to ride all of them at once you’d have to do at least 23-24 miles of pedaling. The trail system is basically laid out with a figure 8 around the top of the mountain/ridge, and an out-and-back trail running up to it from the north and one from the south. The trailhead location given here, and one of the most popular rides, is to ride from the southern trailhead, up the 2.5-mile trail, around some of the trails on top, and back down. The out-and-back trail coming in from the north is 5.5 miles one-way, so riding from the northern trailhead would make for a longer ride… and riding absolutely everything would make for a grueling experience with tons of climbing.

But all of that climbing is worth it, though! The trails here sport that characteristic Front Range rockiness, with plenty of chunk to pedal through on the climb up and around the upper trails. However, there are a few buff sections of trail thrown in at random, and none of the rocks are seriously big. It is all very easy to pedal through, and by Front Range standards is probably only intermediate in difficulty.

Once at the top, be sure to take in the amazing views of the Front Range! Then get ready to descend. The descent back down is what it’s all about, and despite all of the rocks these trails sport some serious flow! All of the undulations, grade reversals, and swooping turns are just perfect, allowing you to carry some serious speed. But since both of the trails climbing to the top are ridden out-and-back, be sure to watch for oncoming traffic and to always ride in control. This trail is very popular, so keep your eyes peeled and don’t get too crazy… but have fun, because the bomb back down is awesome!
added by JohnsXCbikeTrailblazer April 12, 2005
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Can this be fixed? picture rock TH https://www.google.com/maps/place/Picture Rock Trailhead/@40.2149379,-105.2791143,15z/data=!4m11!1m8!4m7!1m2!1m1!2sstarting address...!1m3!2m2!1d-105.27411!2d40.21767!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xc294cab9409f0499?hl=en wapiti TH https://www.google.com/maps/place/40°08'58.3"N 105°18'00.9"W/@40.149539,-105.300255,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 -DanK_NoCo

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Q: The "Map It" button doesn't get you to either TH. -DanK_NoCo

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Reviews (68)
 

Granny Gear

August 8, 2016
stripp6913 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This was a pretty sweet ride. Lots of climbing, but lots of flowing sections as well. Like most of the other reviews say, this is a pretty rocky ride, and although I did conquer it on my hard-tail, my gluteus maximus would have much more preferred a full suspension ride. But regardless, was still the work out and ride I was looking for.

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Granny Gear


July 23, 2016
bairdtrek Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great ride, weather, and scenery

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June 25, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Great area, the Wapiti trail is a killer on a hot and smoggy day but it's an awesome climb and even better descent. I wish there were more trails!

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June 22, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Heil Valley Ranch is a great gem being so close to large population. It was great to ride all the rock work that was done and see very little ride around. I did it from the Picture Rock side and did all the loops up top and descended down Wapiti and climbed back up. I recommend starting at Picture Rock side just to get to end this ride with that as your downhill. I am from out of town and would say this is very comparable to anything I ride at home (C.B.) will definitely ride this again.

Similar Trail: Strand Hill,

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Gramcounter

June 7, 2016
tetontom Gramcounter  
 
Review: I rode this trail in 2012 and gave it 4 stars. I rode it again yesterday, and I'm going to change my rating to 5 stars. They've done an AMAZING job rebuilding several parts, and it's as fun to ride as any trail at Buffalo Cr. The flagstone "boardwalks", the bermed switchbacks, the retaining walls, really are works of art! Rides like a 17 mile bike park... Well worth the drive from Denver. If you've never ridden here, or if you haven't recently, put this on your must-ride list.

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Gramcounter


April 16, 2016
 
Review: Fun trail that has grown and seen some routing changes over the years. It used to be even rockier than it is, which if you've ridden the trail is hard to fathom, since it's still pretty rocky compared to other trails. Nice climb up to the loop at the top, with a great view from the overlook, and a fast, fun descent to the parking lot. Hell Ranch is a great choice for longer rides where you can link it to Hall Ranch via the Picture Rock connecter trail, or even link it to a long ride from Boulder or Longmont via mostly dirt roads.

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Trailblazer


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
 
Review: Quite a strenuous ride for me (fat). But the views are great and the ride down on a fat bike is fun as H - E - double hockey sticks.

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Granny Gear

September 30, 2015
 
Review: This is a beautiful trail! The first 3 miles is a gradual climb that's not too hard. Then once you reach the top there are 3 loops you can choose from. I rode both outer loops and the scenery were just beautiful. Pictures does this trail no justice. I rode this trail early in the morning and saw about 7 turkeys still out foraging. The trail is well marked and has a sign and map at each intersection so you won't get lost. On this particular weekend there were horses on the trail so be courteous and don't spook them. And don't forget to yield to hikers/runners and since trail runs both ways yield to riders going uphill. I really enjoyed this trail and definitely come back again to ride next time I visit family in Denver.

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Bunny Hop

July 31, 2015
lawmanfl Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Good trail with great views, but ROCKY as sin!!! Continuous up hill which will smoke you legs for about 5 miles. Did I mention very rocky.....not too many smooth parts and not flowing up to the top. The only good part was the down, hill.......hold on and don't fly off the mountain. It is a screamer downhill.....a ton of fun, but the rocks will test your sanity.

A good thing to see was trail maintanance was being performed, and they admitted no one has been around to up-keep the trail for a while. He said the recent rains had made it worst.

Fun trail full 2 hours of cardio. Bring a full-suspension bike. We had hardtails and it drove you to drink!

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Granny Gear

June 16, 2015
drboz5750 Granny Gear  
 
Review: My wife and I rode this last year and came back to ride it again. This is just a wonderful trail.

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Heil Valley Ranch MTB Trail 3.84 out of 5 based on 68 ratings. 68 user reviews.
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