Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews

Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lyons, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.4 miles 1059 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

Great trail with a few steep sections and generally rocky. Well shaded in the morning. Dramatic views of Long's Peak, Mt. Meeker, and Twin Sisters beyond the reservoir. Word to the wise: Somewhere near the highest elevation of the loop, it is very easy to get onto another trail called the Button Rock Trail. It eventually (5+ miles) gets to another trailhead called Hall Ranch, at least 10 driving miles and a few ridges away from the parking lot at Longmont Dam.

walking
10 days ago

It's not a real trail, it's a dirt road... it's pretty at the end where you get to hike the dam for 10 min to see the reservoir which is nice.

12 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Not the most beautiful I have seen, but definitely worth it. It was perfect for a shorter hike and great with my dog. The service road requires on leash but the trail itself is off leash.

hiking
3 months ago

Sleepy Lion trail was awesome. Great views. Lots of ups and downs. Walking the service road back from the dam is just ok. Next time we will hike back via Sleepy Lion. Great quick hike

3 months ago

Nice low key spot to get out and do something. Fun for the kids, great creek access and rocks to climb on.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

Great trail through a beautiful park of the forest and good parking. To much walking on dirt roads with construction to get to actual trailhead and after trail ended to get back to the car. Came to hike I can walk on a dirt road just about anywhere

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Nice trail, not very crowded. Beautiful views of the lake from the top of the sleepy lion trail. You can also hike to the top of the dam and connect to several other trails at the top.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly easy trail to hike with decent views. It's nothing spectacular but a nice hike nonetheless.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Thus trail is great once you get to the off leash areas. A climb over the hill. a couple of hard to spot the trail among the rock but do able and my dogs just love it. they run and climb and explore the mountain. I follow their lead and found some interesting views I would not have found otherwise. Wish I know of more places like this as me dog are not only very content when we could me home but also very tired. Good puppies.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike. The most cool thing is an dog leash area (not really common thing on trails).

hiking
6 months ago

A good family hike