Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail

MODERATE 258 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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4 days ago

A medium difficulty trail. Took us 2.5 hrs with stopping for probably 15 min. Nice hike with woods, open spaces, and water.

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20 days ago

Hiked this "trail" several months ago. Nothing is marked. My 5-mile hike turned into an 11-hour attempt to find my and my dog's way back to civilization. I'm not even sure where I was. Experienced hikers only, unless I'm a complete nitwit who should never leave the house.

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1 month 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.

1 month ago

great views!

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1 month 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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1 month 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.