5.1 miles
Distance
990 ft
Climb
-19 ft
Descent
00:40:09
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 Manager
    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.

Disclaimer

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
    00:40:09
  • Avg reverse time
    01:12:24
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on Oct 8, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3.8 (9 votes)

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      Picture Rock Trail Reports

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      Oct 8, 2021 @ 3:34pm
      Oct 8, 2021
      Aug 29, 2021 @ 7:24am
      Aug 29, 2021
      Pretty darn perfect.
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 8:58am
      Aug 2, 2021
      Just a few puddles and wet spots.
      Aug 1, 2021 @ 9:37am
      Aug 1, 2021
      Trail is mostly dry. Only a few small puddles and wet spots.
      Jul 31, 2021 @ 8:12pm
      Jul 31, 2021
      Closed for muddy conditions
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 11 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 263 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,239 rides
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      Jul 3, 2021 @ 6:40am
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      Jul 3, 2021 @ 6:25am
      Jul 3, 2021
      66 |
      Dec 28, 2020 @ 10:22am
      Dec 28, 2020
      398 |
      Feb 27, 2015 @ 11:08am
      Feb 27, 2015

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      Yamashk (Aug 23, 2021 at 8:33)
       Bring a bell or be prepared to sing on the descent. Definitely a lot of blind turns on the lower section and plenty of traffic on the weekend.
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