Explore the most popular mountain biking 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
9 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!

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

trail running
20 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
25 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.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a very nice trail !!

hiking
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.

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!

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.

awesome trail for hiking, running and lots of biking.

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

hiking
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).

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

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
9 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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Beautiful trail and scenery!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Isolated and shady. Decent overall hike.

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