Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail

MODERATE 248 reviews

Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lyons, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1059 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

Great trail with a few steep sections and generally rocky. Well shaded in the morning. Dramatic views of Long's Peak, Mt. Meeker, and Twin Sisters beyond the reservoir. Word to the wise: Somewhere near the highest elevation of the loop, it is very easy to get onto another trail called the Button Rock Trail. It eventually (5+ miles) gets to another trailhead called Hall Ranch, at least 10 driving miles and a few ridges away from the parking lot at Longmont Dam.

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1 day ago

Decent easy hike. Views arent the best but dogs are allowed off leash once you get off main road. Watch out for tons of cactus just off the trail.

2 days ago

great views!

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9 days ago

Beautiful Hike on a road. In a canyon. Exciting to watch climbers also climbing shear rock faces. Unbelievable flowers in September. Easy hike - about 4 miles round trip to the Reservoir and back. Not many people on a Sunday. Many great picnic spots. Plus a bathroom at the beginning and another bathroom at the half way point.

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10 days ago

Lots of people (and dogs) on the road, but very few on the off-road portion of the trail on this beautiful Saturday morning. Well-marked trail throughout. Recommend clockwise for the best views.

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15 days ago

Expected to see many more people with the holiday, but it was pretty quiet. Trail was clean and well kept. Got to see a bat along the way which my six year old loved.

15 days ago

Great easy hike.

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16 days ago

Pros:
- beautiful views of both surrounding mountains and the reservoir
- dogs can be off leash for majority of Sleepy Lion trail
- plenty of parking in the morning

Cons:
- didn't feel challenging enough (lots of moderate hikes feel much harder). However, this was a perfect length/difficulty to take our dogs on.

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16 days ago

This is one of my absolute favorite places to hike especially going up the Sleepy Lion part of the trail. It is excellent for beginners as well as anyone looking for some great exercise with an amazing landscape. I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone who is into hiking.

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