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Wapiti Trail

Intermediate
 4.2 (9)

The main trail at Heil climbing up from the trailhead to the Ponderosa loop and beyond.


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2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

91%

Runnable

6,712' 2,046 m

High

5,898' 1,798 m

Low

813' 248 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Description

This trail climbs, mostly gradually, right from the trailhead. You'll start out on a rough dirt road, but don't worry - the singletrack starts just up ahead.

Once you hit the singletrack, it's a steady climb for about 2.5 miles, all the way up to the junction with the Ponderosa Loop. The trail mostly runs through a heavily forested area, so there's plenty of shade.

The area is extremely rocky - the ground is covered with many softball to basketball-sized rocks. But the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance and others have done much work to clean up the trail, make it a little easier, and keep it sustainable.

Run this trail about 2.5 miles to the junction of the Ponderosa Loop. You can connect this to multiple loops at the top of Heil, or to the Picture Rock trail, which leads down to Lyons and Hall Ranch.

History & Background
The 5,200-acre open space making up Heil Ranch trails and the newer Picture Rock trail are part of a large land purchase made by Boulder County Parks and Open Space in 1993 and 1994. The area housed large quarry operations from the 1890's to the 1960's.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.2 from 9 votes

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The first section of Heil singletrack has great scenery before you dive into the forest.
Oct 20, 2015 near Lyons, CO
Lots of wildflowers to identify on this trail.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Split rocks fallen like dominoes.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Suitable for families.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO

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Jul 21, 2020
Shweta Bhandare
May 24, 2020
Matt T
Nice trail, even in the rain! 7.8mi
Dec 8, 2019
Bryan E
Linked with Lichen Loop.
Mar 12, 2018
Kimmy Pugel
10mi
Sep 1, 2017
Shaf Jac
Aug 23, 2017
Jen McMurtrey