Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail

MODERATE 95 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.4 miles 1059 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

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.

1 hour ago

great out and back..decent climbs for a surprising workout. cant wait till the summer to hike it

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Easy terrain, beautiful views. Trail is mostly off leash for pups and the reserve is a perfect spot for them to drink and cool down.

hiking
4 days ago

Easy hike, and close to home (Longmont). Great place to get away, sit at the lake, have lunch, read a book, and relax. Let the dog go swimming too. Love it here.

7 days ago

Don't do the road. The 2 mile trail is the best

7 days ago

One of my favorites, great views and close to Boulder.

7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

A great little hike along sleepy lion trail. worth the little detour to see the top of the dam too.

13 days ago

It was aight

trail running
14 days ago

When people say it's not a real trail it's bc they didn't look at the map available where you park. To get a more scenic trip, hike half a mile in and, on the left hand side of the road, you'll see a steep incline and signs saying "sleepy lion trail" - this is the trail listed here. Gorgeous and diverse scenery, loved it for a good trail run - near the dam I took Dam Crest Path up to see the dam which was well worth the trip. I would recommend to everyone.

14 days ago

Very nice and scenic. Make sure to take a right onto the sleepy lion trail not just walk down on the gravel road

hiking
22 days ago

walking
1 month ago

It's not a real trail, it's a dirt road... it's pretty at the end where you get to hike the dam for 10 min to see the reservoir which is nice.

1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Not the most beautiful I have seen, but definitely worth it. It was perfect for a shorter hike and great with my dog. The service road requires on leash but the trail itself is off leash.

hiking
4 months ago

Sleepy Lion trail was awesome. Great views. Lots of ups and downs. Walking the service road back from the dam is just ok. Next time we will hike back via Sleepy Lion. Great quick hike