Heil - Picture Rock Combo
ElevationAscent: 2,241' 683 m
Descent: -2,241' -683 m
High: 6,798' 2,072 m
Low: 5,406' 1,648 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“Good singletrack, rocky paths, gradual incline that tops out to amazing views of the valley.”— Lauren Clack
Soak up the 180 views and then continue north down Wild Turkey where you'll get a bit of a break for some downhill and all the way to the bottom of Picture Rock. Along Picture Rock you'll see multiple old rock mining excavation sites and some nice views of the valley, all while cruising working your way down some switchbacks and rocky terrain.
Once at the Picture Rock parking lot you have a 5-mile climb back to Wild Turkey Trail. Turn left to finish the Wild Turkey Trail and then head left onto the Ponderosa Loop. Shortly after turning onto the Ponderosa Loop you'll reach the top of Wapiti Trail. This is a good place to rest as by now you'll be pretty tired.
From here it's a simple descent on Wapiti Trail to the Heil Ranch parking lot!
Be aware, there is a sign for an "aggressive grouse" on the Ponderosa Loop near the overlook. Please take this sign seriously! That grouse ain't messin' around.
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Land Manager: Boulder County, CO - Parks and Open Space