Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail

MODERATE 300 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
921 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.

15 days ago

My daughter and I loved this trail, it was well kept, beautiful scenery and somewhat of a challenge for us since we don't hike often. We will be back soon!

hiking
18 days ago

Good, fairly easy hike. Some pretty views, but the 1st half of the hike is along a dirt road.

hiking
1 month ago

Really I want to give this hike a 3.5. The views are great and it’s a manageable hike for all levels BUT you are on a dirt road for good portion of the hike which is not really my jam.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for the Family and dog. And the Dogs can be off the leash for a bit.!!

hiking
1 month ago

Wind was killer today. Trail was in great shape. A couple of icy patches in the shade otherwise all dry.

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible views from all directions. Trail was dry; no extra traction needed.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike even though we started a little late in the afternoon. The area of the hike seemed very mild compared with the surrounding area, which was great on a January afternoon.

2 months ago

wonderful weather and still lots of green for December

hiking
2 months ago

First half of the trail, if you go clockwise, is amazing. Really pretty views and dogs are allowed off-leash. Really enjoyed it! The second half you are just walking on a frontage road along a creek with not much to look at. Still a great hike, though.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a gorgeous day today hiking in short sleeves in December. My dog loved the off-leash areas. It was steep in a few places, but hey, I am 60 and not as fast as I used to be. Great local hike for all abilities.

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice hike with the pups and saw folks with different abilities manage well. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. There was lots of traffic in the afternoon and the lot was full. This was a very well managed trail with lots of great views to offer. It's been unseasonably warm so there wasn't any snow or ice to worry about to get to the trail.

2 months ago

The views were soo amazing today, will definitely do this hike again!

This had everything we were looking for. Some rough terrain but mostly open hiking. Our dog loved it too! Amazing views❤️.

walking
3 months ago

Great trail for a Sunday afternoon! Took our 8 month old puppy and she loved it!! Was tired by the end but finished with no problem!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a pretty easy hike, the uphills are steep but short. There's an access road for a good portion of it which is flat. Clockwise has prettier views than counterclockwise.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months ago

great views!

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