Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail

MODERATE 218 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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Nice 2 hour hike!

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6 days ago

A great day hike with a lot to see on your trip.

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8 days ago

Beautiful hike. Great for kids who like rock scrambling. It was definitely a challenge wearing the baby on my back, but doable. Watch out for trail arrows-just as you think you don't know where to go, you'll more than likely see one. The "monarch village" at the bottom is lovely.

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8 days ago

Awesome hike! As we were driving in we were nervous we had the wrong address because it looked pretty desolate. However, we kept driving and sure enough, there was the parking lot!

The first part of the trail is gravel, as some have mentioned, we veered off to the left of the trail (you can see that path on the map) which I highly recommend! It was a bit more challenging than the straight path and was much quieter and isolated.

Really beautiful views at the top. On the way down we walked down the 'normal (?)' path and it was an easy walk down. Really cool to see the dam in full force.

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12 days ago

Good hike but a good part of the hike is along a gravel road which does not make for the best views

Had a great time. Nice hike, not too hard but a good way to spend the afternoon.

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13 days ago

This is a nice hiking trail! Not too difficult or too easy, and you get nice views with the reservoir and all of the red rocks. Intersects with the hall ranch trail.

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15 days ago

Great trail!! Not too difficult and though the trailhead can get pretty crowded, once you're out on the trail it's not too bad. I loved the meadow! All areas are well marked where you can/can't have your dogs off leash and everyone seems to adhere to that well. Will definitely go again!

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17 days ago

Loved it! First alone hike after having a baby... wouldn't be able to do sleepy lion with him on my back... but enjoyed it on my own! the dam hike would be very doable with 2year old in tow! Beautiful trails! Well maintained! Lovely views! Not crowded... Lovely day!!!

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