12.1 miles
1,670 ft
-1,674 ft
1 mile
High Point

By far the best way to ride Hall Ranch. This ride is best started by parking in the town of Lyons either at Redstone Cyclery or Oskar Blues. Ride northwest out of town and turn left onto Apple Valley road. After a 15 minute road ride you'll end up at the start of the Antelope trail. Take Antelope up and keep right at the fork to continue onto Upper Bitterbrush. Continue to climb Upper Bitterbrush until you reach Nelson loop. Riding Nelson clockwise provides the best descent. After finishing the loop head back the way you came and be sure to turn right to hit Lower Bitterbrush. Gear up for a gnarly, technical, but surprisingly flowy descent through Lower Bitterbrush. After popping out at the Lower Bitterbrush trailhead head left down highway 7 and back into town.

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5 Reviews & Comments

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Wloganb (Apr 7, 2019 at 7:13)
 Awesome ride. I actually ride up Bitterbrush and down Antelope, then back to Lyons. Better on 58 yo bones. Be sure to ride the loop at the top clockwise.
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BreakerBreaker19 (Jun 6, 2019 at 5:51)
 2 way traffic is strangling this trail. Great features, flow, and length. Needs better trail / user management in order to be a great trail.

Lower Bitterbrush needs to be downhill only. Upper Bitterbush cannot be enjoyed during times when there is more than light trail traffic. Nelson Loop is good because 99% of people ride it the correct direction.
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provin1327 (Jul 10, 2019 at 12:52)
 Welcome to riding on the Front Range. Directional an/or bike only trails are a pipe dream. I agree with your points (aside from Lower Bitterbrush as that's a fun trail to climb and test your technical skills and physique) that trail use often kills the flow on this trail and makes blind flat corners even more dangerous but for some reason land managers just don't seem to think directional trails are a good thing even with the tons of new trail users the Front Range and all of Colorado are seeing.
  • + 0
hi-dr-nick Reporter (Oct 14, 2020 at 8:28)
 Rad trails but this area could benefit from an expanded trail network, it is far too busy (even a Tuesday in October) to really enjoy these trails as they’re designed.
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dcman90 (Jan 17, 2021 at 6:26)
 Bitterbrush 100% dry and fun. Lollipop loop a little wet at times but 95% dry and clean. Have fun!

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More Stats for Hall Ranch Technical Descent mountain bike route
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    5,344 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,365 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,364 ft
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    5 miles
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Dec 10, 2020
Shot at Hall Ranch in Lyons, CO. Chill trail ride abord the Scott Spark. Shot by: Evan Wilson Rider: Tyler Baker
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Nelson Loop
Jun 10, 2021 @ 9:53am
Jun 10, 2021
Upper Bitterbrush
Jun 10, 2021 @ 9:53am
Jun 10, 2021
Lower Bitterbrush
Jun 10, 2021 @ 9:52am
Jun 10, 2021
Jun 3, 2021 @ 11:35am
Jun 3, 2021
Clear, one a few small sections of wet/mud in the shady area before repair station.
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