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

I went to this hiking spot and chose the one with the most elevation gain ( that’s not currently closed) it’s a great trail.

awesome trail for hiking, running and lots of biking.

23 days ago

I'd say this is less of a hike and more of a walk, but it's a beautiful area, and an easy little trail for kids. There's a rock that looks like a bulldog's face, a rock kiln, and a chance to see some wildlife.

Too many bikers on this trail. My GPS showed 14.6 miles and 1392 ft elevation gain.

A nice hike for me. Lots of Ponderosa Pine and boulders. Wild Turkey were plentiful and there was only one other couple on the trail. Will definitely do again.

1 month ago

Nice, easy loop trail in the Heil Valley Ranch area. Saw several groups of wild turkey and some mule deer. Also popular with mountain bikers (they are required to go in counter-clockwise direction).

1 month ago

Nice and easy Sunday meander. We walked up to the first bench on the Wapiti, sat on the bench checking out the scenery and bikers zooming by.

Great for kids and mountain biking. Not difficult.

on Lichen Loop Trail

1 month ago

Easy trail and well maintained... good workout distance wise with inclines not being strenuous compared to other hikes... not too many “ah ha” moments but lots of wildlife... saw deer , turkey, gopher (at least I thought that’s what they were lol)... saw about 10 mountain bikers and only 1 other hiker on a Wednesday afternoon... seemed more of an attraction for mountain bikes than hiking... minimal mud/ice and no need for traction when hiking

2 months ago


LOVE THIS TRAIL but letting everyone know that it is closed currently for what looks like flood repairs :( unsure as to when it is going to open again

Nice easy hiking. Pretty views

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
5 months 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.

no dogs allowed?? that's the most stupid thing ever.

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

10 months ago

Beautiful trail but the number of mountain bikers flying down the hill without slowing at all make it an unpleasant exercise in surprise for a hiker. Most of them don't warn you they're coming up on you and you have no time to get out of their way; usually its a matter of jumping when you hear them 10 yards behind you going 15 mph. They're technically supposed to slow to go around you but the speed they are going didn't seem that it would be possible. Don't recommend for hiking anyway.

10 months ago

This was a great hike for my kids, ages 7 and 3. Not very challenging for me, but it wasn't boring either. There were lots of wildflowers and we even saw wild turkeys!

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.

10 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

10 months ago

We did a loop around Lichen Trail and connected to Wapiti. Our total distance was only 3.7 miles as we hiked 9 miles the day before at Picture Rock....Great gentle inclines throughout and beautiful views and wildlife along the way. The last mile I jogged and the trail is very well maintained without any loose rocks etc...

11 months ago

Great views, lightly trafficked, & the kids even got to see some deer. Perfect for a family outing of all ages.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

mountain biking
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hiked this trail on 2/26, two days after about 4 inches of snow. Trail was a mixture of snow, ice, mud and dirt, with lots of rocks and switchbacks along the way to help you gain elevation. We went up to the top where it meets Ponderosa Loop trail, stopped there and then descended back down to the trailhead. It had gotten much warmer by then, and on the way down the trail had turned to a mostly muddy quagmire.

I highly recommend that if you do this trail during winter months, that you get started very early and aim to finish before it warms up, as it is a much better hike when the ground is frozen solid.

As far as views and experience, it is a cool trail. Lots of wooded forest areas if that is your thing, but not a whole lot of panoramic views. The best views are looking south, closer to the beginning of the trail. But, there was a lot of evidence of wildlife in the area including deer and mountain lion tracks, so what it lacks in views it can make up for in overall experience.

Watch out for mountain bikers and trail runners, as this seems like a semi-popular spot. Also, I'm not 100% sure I'd rate this trail as "Easy". Even Boulder County lists the trail as a Moderate. We took a lot of breaks and enjoyed the wilderness, but I wouldn't dream of taking my 70 year old father on this one.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Beautiful trail and scenery!

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