8.0 miles
1,078 ft
-1,072 ft
1 mile
High Point

A fun ride through the fastest and most technical parts of Heil Ranch.

From the main parking lot climb the gravel road to the start of the Wapiti singletrack. The chunky, slightly technical climb will get your heart rate up but flow can be found through the many baby heads and angular slabs of sandstone. Once at the top of Wapiti head left to start the Ponderosa loop. After 10 minutes the trail will level out and turn downhill. Get ready for a fast flowing descent with armored berms and fast rollers. Enjoy the view of Hall Ranch from the bench and turn right to finish the Ponderosa loop via a 15 minute climb back to where you started.

Despite being quite chunky and rocky (some even call this trail "rude," but it just takes a while to get to know), the descent down Wapiti is fast and fun. Watch out for hikers and mountain bikers climbing Wapiti, although it's fast it is a bi-directional, multi-use trail.

Detailed Description
Heil Ranch, frontside is a 8 mile popular intermediate route located near Lyons Colorado. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 1,078 ft with a max elevation of 6,807 ft then descends -1,072 ft.
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Upper Wapiti5 miles


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More Stats for Heil Ranch, frontside mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 57 min
  • Altitude min
    5,887 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,887 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,892 ft
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  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,572 ft
Avg: 3 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Upper Wapiti
Sep 12, 2023 @ 6:46pm
Sep 12, 2023
100% agreed with previous post. Thistle whips you if you stray out of line trying to avoid rocks. Gravel pits beat you up in some spots...
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