Antelope and Bitterbrush Trails is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Vault toilets at the Bitterbrush Trail.

hiking
2 months ago

I just wanted to follow up on @AmandaNowak's comment. The Antelope trailhead indeed only has about 10 parking spots and no parking allowed along the street. The Bitterbrush trailhead on the other hand has 2 huge parking lots. These 2 trailheads connect up and it's about a 2 mile hike from one to the other (one way). I think it's a little bit of an easier hike to go from Antelope to Bitterbrush than Bitterbrush to Antelope, but you'll end up having to go both ways to get back to your car, so if you plan on doing the full distance it probably doesn't matter which trailhead you start at. The directions on this trail will take you to the Antelope trailhead, but you can Google map Bitterbrush Trailhead in Lyons and find that one instead very easily (from downtown Lyons you head towards Allenspark instead of towards Estes like you would for the Antelope trailhead). Also there are no bathrooms at the Antelope trailhead because it's so small but there are a couple toilets and picnic benches under a shelter at the Bitterbrush trailhead.

mountain biking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails.

5 months ago

Wasn't able to do the hike. Got to the trailhead at 10am on a Monday in the beginning of May and there was no parking available. Looks like there was only room for a max of 10 cars, if that. The 2 mile road leading up to the trailhead was all marked no parking.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous every time!! Just wanted to let people know that when I went up here on 2/7, where the Bitterbrush Trail meets with Antelope Trail, there's that gorgeous meadow and prairie dog community to look out on. My friend and I definitely saw a mountain lion walking around far from us among the prairie dogs, so please be a aware that one has been seen very recently!

9 months ago

Beautiful hike, did the Antelope to Bitterbrush to the Nelson Loop, then back down Antelope. We got here about 8am and saw more then 50 deer and 10+ bucks on the hike. Might go a little earlier next time to avoid the influx of mountain bikers we encountered after the half way point. Also, if you get to the Nelson loop, go clockwise to get the best views of Longs towards the top.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

heads up for mountain bikes
good cool weather hike

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great trail but too many bikes. they were all polite but it was still a nuisance.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Terrible parking, lots of biking traffic. But it was still great! Though we had to stop for a lot of bikers, they were all friendly, the view was beautiful, and we got in a good workout that wasn't too killer. Very close to the town of Lyons, as well.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

As others have said, lots of mountain bikes (which isn't a problem) but severely limited parking (which is). The trail itself was a really nice out and back with plenty of wildlife to see.

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

As others have mentioned, very few parking spots available so I would advise against going during popular hiking times. Lot's of mountain bikers on this trail network, moreso than hikers. Opportunity to see deer, prairie dogs, turkey. I'd list this as closer to easy than moderate, but there is a lot of uphill in the beginning.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

There are ten parking spots and no alternate lot. Good luck.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Love this one. Just enough ups and downs. Beautiful colors. Watch out for the mountain bikers, friendly but will run you over if you aren't paying attention.

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9 months ago

recorded lions 12-3

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11 months ago

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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