Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Hall Ranch Open Space with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great walk, but the bitterbrush half of it is HEAVILY mountain bikes so you’re constantly having to dodge out of the way.. so that got a little old. But the nighthawk portion does not allow bikes so that was more peaceful and enjoyable. Great workout, did it in about 3 hours.

I just wanted to follow up on @AmandaNowak's comment. The Antelope trailhead indeed only has about 10 parking spots and no parking allowed along the street. The Bitterbrush trailhead on the other hand has 2 huge parking lots. These 2 trailheads connect up and it's about a 2 mile hike from one to the other (one way). I think it's a little bit of an easier hike to go from Antelope to Bitterbrush than Bitterbrush to Antelope, but you'll end up having to go both ways to get back to your car, so if you plan on doing the full distance it probably doesn't matter which trailhead you start at. The directions on this trail will take you to the Antelope trailhead, but you can Google map Bitterbrush Trailhead in Lyons and find that one instead very easily (from downtown Lyons you head towards Allenspark instead of towards Estes like you would for the Antelope trailhead). Also there are no bathrooms at the Antelope trailhead because it's so small but there are a couple toilets and picnic benches under a shelter at the Bitterbrush trailhead.

Love this trail! Such a cool different landscape than even the Bitterbrush trails that it connects to. Was just there and it wasn't closed... not sure when this trail was marked as closed on here. They do have a permanent sign that says they close the trail if it's still muddy after 10am. So maybe that's what the closed sign on the title of this hike means.

It's also important to note that this trailhead has something like 8 parking spots TOTAL, and there is no parking allowed along the street for a VERY long way (possibly not until you get back into downtown Lyons), so we'll generally drive up here to see if there's any available parking and if there's not then we head over to Bitterbrush and do those hikes instead.

mountain biking
5 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails.

Wasn't able to do the hike. Got to the trailhead at 10am on a Monday in the beginning of May and there was no parking available. Looks like there was only room for a max of 10 cars, if that. The 2 mile road leading up to the trailhead was all marked no parking.

mountain biking
8 months ago

The ascent up Antelope was challenging but after a bit of climbing there's some fun flowing riding up top. All of the bikers and hikers I encountered were very respectful.

I also hiked the trail a few weeks prior to biking it and all of the bikers were respectful. I quickly recognized that the trail was primarily designed as a mountain biking trail, so I kept to the side whenever any bikes were coming... Common sense

8 months ago

Very moderate hike, fairly easy. No great views. The only plus was no bikers allowed. Took this to Nelson Loop and was about run down by bikers flying through. Predominant thought was meh, kind of boring.

9 months ago

Super muddy after yesterday's snow. Manageable with poles and extra time. Microspikes would have been helpful. Very few people out today, but the mule deer and hawks were active. And helicopters. Lots of helicopters toward Button Rock all day. Nice hike and looking forward to doing again when it dries up.

I just added this particular route to Alltrails. According to Gaia and my wifes phone app it is 6.9 miles but Alltrails automatically plugs in 6.6 miles. Bottom line is that this is an easy flat trail and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. As a hiker I can say this is the prettiest trail that I'll never hike again. Bikers take over this trail and as a hiker it's a nightmare. We had to step off the trail every 30 seconds for a biker. Although it's a multi use trail the bikers operate as though they own it. They literally run you off the trail and expect you to jump off the trail as they barrel through. I was just trying to make it out of there without being critically injured. Eventually I just starting hiking off the trail. If your a mountain biker then I'd imagine you'd love this place. For me and other hikers.... it's a shame we can't enjoy this beautiful place.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail, coming here early morning during the week is my favorite time because there are barely any people in the trail. After the first few miles the sound from the road disappears and it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. Such a great feeling, just you, tons of deer, and the trail. Plus it connects to thr Button Rock trail near the Longmont damn, which is always a fun place.

Absolutely gorgeous every time!! Just wanted to let people know that when I went up here on 2/7, where the Bitterbrush Trail meets with Antelope Trail, there's that gorgeous meadow and prairie dog community to look out on. My friend and I definitely saw a mountain lion walking around far from us among the prairie dogs, so please be a aware that one has been seen very recently!

Beautiful hike, did the Antelope to Bitterbrush to the Nelson Loop, then back down Antelope. We got here about 8am and saw more then 50 deer and 10+ bucks on the hike. Might go a little earlier next time to avoid the influx of mountain bikers we encountered after the half way point. Also, if you get to the Nelson loop, go clockwise to get the best views of Longs towards the top.

Monday, December 18, 2017

This is the bike-free alternative to the other trails at Hall Ranch, which is a mecca for bikers. I ride too but sometimes it's nice to get away from that energy. It's also just generally less crowded than most of the trails in BoCo.
We hiked this trail a lot last early spring to get our legs and lungs ready for summer.
There are some nice views but imo it's not as pretty as bitterbrush, or antelope.
If you're hardcore enough you can connect to Buttonrock. We are not that hardcore.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

We didn’t make it the whole length of the trail but it was a gorgeous day. The trail was in great shape. We saw some deer and a golden eagle. Lots of friendly folks along the trail and a couple on horseback too. Perfect hike if your looking to avoid a long drive into the mountains and winter hiking conditions.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

No dog allowed. Hate figuring this out once I get to the trailhead.

Monday, November 20, 2017

We really enjoyed this as a late Fall hike. I imagine this is probably the best time of year to do this hike; the summer would probably be pretty hot because of the lack of shade. Hall Ranch is a very popular mountain biking spot, but you'd never know from this trail, as it's closed to bikes. It's a very quiet trail - far enough away from the highway and bikes on neighboring trails. Lots of deer. Good length, but not too hard. Nice views of Longs/Meeker/Twin Sisters at the end!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Good front-country hike with lots of red sand and desert sage. Not much shade except for a brief jaunt through a pine grove. Beautiful sweeping views, wide open meadows, and a steady climb. Bikes are not permitted, but horses are.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

heads up for mountain bikes
good cool weather hike

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great trail but too many bikes. they were all polite but it was still a nuisance.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Terrible parking, lots of biking traffic. But it was still great! Though we had to stop for a lot of bikers, they were all friendly, the view was beautiful, and we got in a good workout that wasn't too killer. Very close to the town of Lyons, as well.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

As others have said, lots of mountain bikes (which isn't a problem) but severely limited parking (which is). The trail itself was a really nice out and back with plenty of wildlife to see.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

As others have mentioned, very few parking spots available so I would advise against going during popular hiking times. Lot's of mountain bikers on this trail network, moreso than hikers. Opportunity to see deer, prairie dogs, turkey. I'd list this as closer to easy than moderate, but there is a lot of uphill in the beginning.

There are ten parking spots and no alternate lot. Good luck.

Love this one. Just enough ups and downs. Beautiful colors. Watch out for the mountain bikers, friendly but will run you over if you aren't paying attention.

1 month ago

on Nighthawk Trail

2 months ago

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