5.1 miles
Distance
990 ft
Climb
-19 ft
Descent
00:59:22
Avg time

Picture Rock Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Heil Valley Ranch
    Lyons, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #9219 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #31692 in Trail Running
    • #37512 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 35 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    Boulder County Parks & Open Space

Picture Rock is a critical link trail out of Lyons. It's insanely popular, but for a good reason. Want to ride out of town and do some miles and come back for a beer? This trail has your name on it It's sort of a Jekyll and Hyde trail. The bottom half (after an impressive boulder "gate" that signals the beginning of the real trail) is a smooth as butter swoop-fest. Climb is easy with great views and the trails is wonderful for beginning riders. Pass "the silo" (that's a big round tower for you folks visiting from cities. Sort of like Rapunzel's tower or the tower in the Dark Tower (nerd)) and it's a different beast. Still a blue climb, but now it's full of sharp pointy rocks (look at the bones!).

There's some great history on this trail. Right after the silo, you'll pass an old quarry with a dead car in it. There's heaps of old ranching walls (both buildings and fences) made from the local sandstone. Really cool stuff to stop and look out if you need an excuse for getting off the bike for a moment or two (don't give away my secret about this one).

Downhill is a bit choppy up at the top. When the trail was new, the rocks had a great flow to them. Now, there are enough poking through that they tend to slow you down (not necessarily a bad thing). The lower section (the aforementioned swoop-fest) is amazing on the way out. Watch out for blind turns through. There are several sections where tall bushes can obscure a hiker, or biker, or zombie horde until the last second.

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Picture Rock is open through the lower, undamaged area of Heil. Please respect all trail closures.

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More Stats for Picture Rock mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    970 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,401 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,372 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,402 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,371 ft
  • Grade
    3.6%
  • Grade max
    -7.3%
  • Grade min
    21.5%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    1,532 ft
  • Distance flat
    899 ft
  • Avg time
    00:59:22
  • Avg reverse time
    00:41:19
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on Apr 14, 2024
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      Picture Rock Trail Reports

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      Apr 14, 2024 @ 2:28pm
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      Apr 13, 2024 @ 10:21am
      Apr 13, 2024
      Trail is open. Please update conditions if you ride
      Mar 25, 2024 @ 9:17am
      Mar 25, 2024
      Closed for muddy conditions. Status will be updated when trail reopens.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 11 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 86 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
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      • 2,872 rides
      • Last: Apr 14, 2024

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