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.

trail running
13 days ago

Second time on this trail, though this was my first time running it. Ran 8 miles up through Wapiti and Ponderosa Loop to finish back down Wapiti. I maybe passed 7-8 people on bikes who were all polite and courteous on trail. Course this is relative to your skill level, but this is not a very technical trail. It is mostly dirt with packed in rocks and only a handful of moderately steepish section. I am planning on this being my weekly longer run for sure! So peaceful out here!

Great family hike. Well maintained paths, beautiful views, good amount of parking. Can get a little crowded.

Loved how many hidden routes there. Loved the technicality and how steep it was. Great find!

trail running
23 days ago

Trail running was challenging due to rocky trail. Be prepared to do a lot of hopping. I was rewarded with a beautiful scenic view on the Ponderosa loop extension. Saw 6 hikers and 5 mountain bikers in the 8 mile run. I will do this trail again before returning to Texas.

mountain biking
28 days ago

Heavy heavy MTN bike use. This is one of the most popular MTN bike trails in the county. As a matter of fact it's really only 1 of 3 descent MTN bike trails in the whole county, hence its HEAVY fast MTN bike use. And if you ride, it's phenomenal trail.

Great easy hike for families, some historical displays and signs, and wild turkeys! No MTN bikes.

1 month ago

It’s a very nice trail !!

Great hike and easy for kids. Saw a deer.

This is one of our favorite trails! Kid friendly and a nice family hike

1 month ago

Beautiful easy hike close to Boulder and other trails in the park. This trail was a more recent addition to the park.

Easily accessible. Had lots of available parking. Very easy & short. Gradual inclines & declines. No mountain biking allowed or horses on this particular section as signs indicate, but some reviews mention they ran in to some. Took about 45 minutes with several stops.

Easy little hike for families with kids (4/2 w/ us) while providing that "away" feeling. Great views and like many others saw wild turkeys including a family with chicks.

One of my local favorite hikes. Gradual climb that is a good workout at the same time. Beautiful area. Lots of mountain bikers but they are all very nice.

Shared with nice mountain bikers and no other hikers. Peaceful half day workout!

3 months ago

Beautiful pines and vistas with wild turkeys frolicking in the meadows!


Great easy hike for guests visiting from out of town.

nice trail rocky in some stretches..good views about 3 miles out

Did the Wapiti and Ponderosa Loop trails. Conditions good, just a few muddy patches, easily skirted. Encountered maybe six bikers and a similar number of hikers in three hours on the trail. Not much wildlife - birds, four deer, a few chipmunks. Very pleasant hike, and enough of a workout to be satisfying. There are some extended mild inclines that get the heart rate up a bit.

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.

4 months 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.

5 months 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).

5 months 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

5 months 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

6 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”!

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