Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

This is a lovely hiking and MTB trail. I had no issues sharing the trail with bikers as they were all very friendly and courteous. The views down the valley are gorgeous, especially in morning light. The Wapiti/Ponderosa/Wild Turkey Trail loop was easy/mod with sure footing and well-kept trails. I came across two handsome 8 point bucks on the north side. Nice views of Meeker and Longs Peak. Plentiful parking and vault toilets at the trail head. A real gem!

No dogs

trail running
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

It’s a very nice trail !!

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.

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.

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

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

7 months ago

NO DOGS ALLOWED :(

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
10 months ago

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

hiking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

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

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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...

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

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