Pine Valley Ranch Park: Pine Valley Ranch Loop Trail is a 3 mile loop trail located near Pine, CO and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Slow and gradual west half and steep with amazing views east half.
Great for kids. The lake and Platte River make the area even more spectacular!
Remains of the Hayman Fire can be seen on these trails.
FUN FACT: June 8, 2002 - Forest Service worker Terry Lynn Barton admitted to accidentally starting the blaze when, in a moment of emotional distress, she lit a letter from her estranged husband in a remote campfire ring near Lake George.
Beautiful and simple
Great little trail! Easy and flat.
I used this trail to connect to Strawberry Jack, Skipper and Buck Gulch. The first part of the trail is hikers only. The day I hiked I encountered a few bikers. The weather was cool and the mountains were snow covered and beautiful against the deep blue sky. Buck Gulch was very steep with lots of loose rocks.
I intend to explore more of the Pine Valley area.
Borders remnants of the Hayman Fire, so you get some perspective of the destruction a fire can cause and how long it's going to take for the forest to regenerate itself. Nice lake to walk around - add the loop to your more rigorous hike as a cooldown. Also, the South Platter River is part of the park, so you can start your hike walking along the Platte and finish it off walking around the lake.