Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lyons, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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.
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.
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
Nice low key spot to get out and do something. Fun for the kids, great creek access and rocks to climb on.
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
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.
Fairly easy trail to hike with decent views. It's nothing spectacular but a nice hike nonetheless.
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.
Nice hike. The most cool thing is an dog leash area (not really common thing on trails).
A good family hike
Good trail, easy-moderate 4 mile hike (we hiked up to the lake from below, so 4.5 mi). 1.5 miles or so on dirt road, so not optimal. We did the loop plus short huff up to the reservoir in about 2:30hrs including one break. It's not hiking the Grand Tetons or Maroon Bells, but the description doesn't lie and we enjoyed it.
Nice and easy trail. Parking has been easy to find.
This trail is a bit distracting due to all of the manmade dams, a trail big enough to transport vehicles and tractors, and the inability to do anything, besides fish due to the restrictions. In my opinion, there are much better trails out there that don't have the visual distractions away from nature and its natural equilibrium.