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trail locations for Lyons, Colorado
trail running
4 days ago

This trail is actually 6 miles one way from first parking area. Ends at Buchanan Pass trailhead. Great hike to go alone and meander with your thoughts. Fun day!

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

Definitely a moderate hike but a great workout. Good views here and there. Deer everywhere. Lots of bikers on Nelson. Overall though great hike.

Overall good hike on Nighthawk Trail. Sunny and very hot when I was there, but there was a few shady spots to escape the sun here and there. Great views of Long's Peak.

Great fall hike. Not too busy.

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.

Weather was great! some steep incline to the lookout point, but worth it!

trail running
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail with a wide variety of ecosystems. It is a gradual incline with great river and mountain views scattered throughout. There are a few technical sections but nothing too crazy. This is also a great hiking trail for the family. My kids love it!

enjoyed nighthawk trail. no bikes or dogs... a few horses and not crowded. nice view. not strenuous. then had a well earned lunch in Lyons

Beautiful hike but a lot of bikes

Overall good hike. Trail is still closed, but the area is beautiful.

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

1 month ago

Closed, Schmosed!

Yes, it is closed because the main bridge is out at the first crossing over the Little Tom. Fortunately, after about June or so, the water is low and slow enough that you can easily cross over to hit the rest of the trail. In terms of the trail itself, some volunteer work was performed on at least part of the trail in 2014 and a new pedestrian bridge was built over the second Little Tom crossing, thereby clearing the path for resumption of hiking.

Hiked much of it yesterday (encountered some poison ivy and decided to turn around past a certain point, so I didn't make it to the homesteads) and what I hiked looked great, so much so that I'll go back once the ivy has been frosted over and killed.

Disclaimer: The trail is officially closed, as the signs indicate, so I cannot officially recommend accessing it. This review is for entertainment/informational purposes only. I was never here.

on Homestead Meadows

1 month 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.

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

A good family hike