Nighthawk Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Nighthawk Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,624 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

Restrooms at trailhead

hiking
3 months ago

Very moderate hike, fairly easy. No great views. The only plus was no bikers allowed. Took this to Nelson Loop and was about run down by bikers flying through. Predominant thought was meh, kind of boring.

hiking
3 months ago

Super muddy after yesterday's snow. Manageable with poles and extra time. Microspikes would have been helpful. Very few people out today, but the mule deer and hawks were active. And helicopters. Lots of helicopters toward Button Rock all day. Nice hike and looking forward to doing again when it dries up.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail, coming here early morning during the week is my favorite time because there are barely any people in the trail. After the first few miles the sound from the road disappears and it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. Such a great feeling, just you, tons of deer, and the trail. Plus it connects to thr Button Rock trail near the Longmont damn, which is always a fun place.

hiking
7 months ago

This is the bike-free alternative to the other trails at Hall Ranch, which is a mecca for bikers. I ride too but sometimes it's nice to get away from that energy. It's also just generally less crowded than most of the trails in BoCo.
We hiked this trail a lot last early spring to get our legs and lungs ready for summer.
There are some nice views but imo it's not as pretty as bitterbrush, or antelope.
If you're hardcore enough you can connect to Buttonrock. We are not that hardcore.

hiking
7 months ago

We didn’t make it the whole length of the trail but it was a gorgeous day. The trail was in great shape. We saw some deer and a golden eagle. Lots of friendly folks along the trail and a couple on horseback too. Perfect hike if your looking to avoid a long drive into the mountains and winter hiking conditions.

hiking
7 months ago

No dog allowed. Hate figuring this out once I get to the trailhead.

hiking
8 months ago

We really enjoyed this as a late Fall hike. I imagine this is probably the best time of year to do this hike; the summer would probably be pretty hot because of the lack of shade. Hall Ranch is a very popular mountain biking spot, but you'd never know from this trail, as it's closed to bikes. It's a very quiet trail - far enough away from the highway and bikes on neighboring trails. Lots of deer. Good length, but not too hard. Nice views of Longs/Meeker/Twin Sisters at the end!

hiking
9 months ago

Good front-country hike with lots of red sand and desert sage. Not much shade except for a brief jaunt through a pine grove. Beautiful sweeping views, wide open meadows, and a steady climb. Bikes are not permitted, but horses are.

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