Lichen Loop: Great for my boys 7 and 10 years old. Long enough to tire them out and short enough to not “need a snack”!

trail running
1 month ago

I enjoyed this trail...super fun. The terrain for me was varied. Saw deer and a variety of humans

fairly easy hike, mostly in the trees. popular trail with the mountain bikers.

fairly easy hike, mostly in the trees. popular trail with mountain bikers.

Narrow and rocky once you get into the pines, but not difficult. Worst part was making way for a fair number of bikers. I've also biked this. Wind sucking challenge on the way up but worth the view and the ride down. Does require a modicum of skill.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this trail! We did about 4.5 miles in from the parking lot. Next time we are shooting for the overlook! Total of 9 miles and there were wonderful things to see the whole way, wildflowers, birds, bees, rabbits, butterflies, views, and the moon was even visible. Relatively gentle incline for people that hike regularly. Nice elevation gain making it still a good challenge. Sensory overload in the best possible way. Lots of bikers on the trail with everyone being courteous with each other along the way. First 2 miles does not offer a lot of shade in the summer months so sunglasses, hat, and SPF are a must. Breaks into trees throughout after. Did some jogging as well, not a lot of loose rocks to slip on as I tend to do. :D

Not a lot of shade at the start, but the further in you go the more beautiful it becomes with more trees. A great rolling trail, if it's moderate it's definitely on the easy end. Lots of mountain bikers but everyone is very courteous and considerate.

mountain biking
9 months ago

A pretty good, tucked back far enough from roads and city sounds, quiet hillside kind of trail.. I had to check it out as it is "Heil Ranch" and I am a "Heilman!"
It was a bit rough and rocky, and I have to say I had a headache by the time I got back down. A bit of that could have been helped with a proper mountain bike. Mine has been converted more to a travel/commute bike. Other than that, it was a decent ride with good potential.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail and scenery!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Isolated and shady. Decent overall hike.

mountain biking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

ride was great but to many people had to stop alot to let them through

hiking
Monday, April 11, 2016

Extremely easy trail; meh views. Did it as a shuttle hike with 1 car parked at Picture Rock TH in Lyons and started at Geer Canyon Wapiti trail up to Ponderosa and Wild Turkey to Picture Rock TH. Approx 9.4 miles. Lots of mountain bikers, gets irritating stepping aside for them constantly. Lot of runners as well. Not as picturesque as the Hall Ranch next door.

hiking
Friday, February 12, 2016

Really enjoyed this hike today. I wanted to take the Wapiti Trail to the two loops at the end (Wild Turkey and one other) but they were closed. Still got a good hike in by tacking on the Lichen Loop after the 5 mile (there and back) Wapiti Trail. Beautiful views. The trail is very well maintained, but was muddy and snowy.

hiking
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saw lots of wildlife on this trail. Mainly deer and coyotes.

trail running
Monday, July 06, 2015

Really great trail to run. A major part was closed due to flooding a couple of weeks ago. Can't wait to go back

hiking
Friday, June 20, 2014

Loved this hike. I took wapiti to the ponderosa loop. Beautiful overlook at the top. Not very many places to stop and sit and not a lot to see until you get to the too but a great hike for exercise. Saw a black squirrel and some sort of lizard but not much else. Weekday wasn't busy at all.

hiking
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Still a nice hike but it is now closed to dogs -- on or off leash. This is a change from when most of the guide books which include this hike were written.

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