Hall Ranch, Lyons, CO

It’s springtime in the Rockies, and that wouldn’t be complete without a nice mid-May snowstorm.  So while it’s snowing outside, I figured I’d write up a post on a local favorite, Hall Ranch, that I did last Friday.  

mid-May snowstorm
mid-May snowstorm

Hall Ranch

There are two parking areas for Hall Ranch – on the north side is the Antelope Trailhead and gentle Antelope trail, and on the south side is the Bitterbrush Trailhead, which is what I typically do.  The Bitterbrush trail is relatively smooth at the start as you climb, but then transitions into a fun but tough rock garden that forces most folks off the bike at several points.  

Bitterbrush rock garden
Bitterbrush rock garden

The garden is only for about a half mile, and then you hit a summit with nice views of the valley.

just shy of the first summit
just shy of the first summit

You can then continue and do the Nelson Loop.

climbing Nelson Loop
climbing Nelson Loop

At the top you’ll get great views of the nearby peaks, Coffintop, Cook and Button Rock.

nearby peaks at top of Nelson Loop
nearby peaks at top of Nelson Loop

From this point, it’s pretty much all downhill fun, particularly when you get back to the rock garden!

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