5 miles
Distance
201 ft
Climb
-1,178 ft
Descent
00:38:02
Avg time

Picture Rock Details

  • Riding Area
    Heil Valley Ranch
    Lyons, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #18956 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Boulder County

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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More Stats for Picture Rock bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -976 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,399 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,376 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,376 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,400 ft
  • Grade
    -3.625%
  • Grade max
    -124.558%
  • Grade min
    39.622%
  • Distance climb
    4,902 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,899 ft
  • Avg time
    00:38:02
  • Avg reverse time
    00:35:38
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on Jun 13, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.85 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Picture Rock Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jun 13, 2019 @ 7:27pm
      3 days
      7ij is n
      Jun 7, 2019 @ 4:29am
      Jun 7, 2019
      Jun 5, 2019 @ 5:30am
      Jun 5, 2019
      Picture Rock is dry. A few sections of standing water along the north end of Wild Turkey.
      May 31, 2019 @ 4:30pm
      May 31, 2019
      Trails are mostly dry, some mud in spots but mostly dry.
      May 30, 2019 @ 4:37pm
      May 30, 2019
      reporter Trails are open. Please ride through - not around - mud.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 11 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 93 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      All
      • 707 rides
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      May 31, 2019 @ 9:51pm
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      Mar 12, 2017 @ 3:03pm
      Mar 12, 2017
      258 |
      Feb 27, 2015 @ 11:08am
      Feb 27, 2015

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