Hall Ranch - Bitterbrush to Nelson Loop

  • May 3, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Day hike right outside of Lyons, let's hike Bitterbrush and Nelson Loop. I have been trying to explore the trails in Hall and Heil Ranch this spring as there are many I have not done. I have only hiked the middle portion of this trail so input is appreciated! Here are some links with information on the hike.
http://www.protrails.com/trail/boulder-denver-golden-fort-collins-lyons-bitterbrush-trail-to-nelson-loop
http://www.bouldercounty.org/doc/parks/hallranchmap.pdf
http://www.bouldercounty.org/os/parks/pages/hallranch.aspx

Please try and get to the trailhead around 12:45. We can meet at the Stone Cup in Lyons at 12:30, http://www.thestonecup.com/about.shtml. I am coming from Niwot if anyone wants to carpool from there and work with each other to come up with other carpools. Plan on a hiking pace of at least 2 miles an hour, bring energy food, water, dress in layers, etc.

Directions to the trailhead: From Boulder, take Highway 36 14 miles north to the Highway 66 junction in Lyons, CO. Turn left. Highway 66 will dead end at a "T" intersection on the west side of Lyons. Take a left on Highway 7 towards Allenspark. Hall Ranch is located 1.4 miles on the northeast (right) side of Highway 7.

We will meet in the upper parking lot.

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  • Bonnie

    From the feedback I have received we are still on, woohoo, see you at 1! As a reminder, Meetup Organizers are not paid they volunteer their time, they have their own things going on in their lives just as we all do and have no control over the weather. So please go easy people..... Peace!

    2 · May 3, 2013

    • Bob F.

      Bonnie - We appreciate your organizing these hikes!

      May 3, 2013

    • Naomi

      Thanks for clarifying, Bonnie. We just needed to know how we were organizing our day and our transportation.

      May 3, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Hi Hikers - Just checking in to see if people are still up for this hike? A couple things, 1)it will be muddy, 2)Nelson Loop is closed. With this in mind we could do a few things 1)keep with the plan but no Nelson loop, 2)start the hike a little bit later like maybe 2ish since it will be a bit shorter turning it into more of a FAC, 3)reschedule for another day. For all options we could stop at Oscar Blues in Lyons after for anyone who is interested... Your thoughts?

    May 3, 2013

    • Kim C.

      I would still love to hike but I wasn't planning to do the whole hike anyway. If it is anywhere near as muddy as the trail I just walked some dogs on, that would be a big bummer. Not sure that my comments are any help but ther you go for what it's worth.

      May 3, 2013

    • Bob F.

      Hiking Bitterbrush to Nelson Loop is 3.7 miles meaning 7.4 miles out and back. Departing at 1pm and walking at 2 mph means the hike would last until 4:45pm. I'm no runner, what with my artificial knee, but I did this hike yesterday in under 3 hours.

      May 3, 2013

  • Naomi

    What the heck?? I need to know what's going on, like, right now!

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was it possible to get a carpool?

    May 3, 2013

    • Bonnie

      Camilla - I am coming from Niwot if you want a ride. I will give everyone to 11am for feedback and then make a decision.

      May 3, 2013

  • juanita

    Spikes? If its that icy I guess I won't be there as I have none..

    May 2, 2013

    • Bob F.

      Juanita - It isn't that bad. You can get by without.

      Rita - Hall Ranch is as dry or dryer than any other place I've hiked. There are muddy spots but nothing like the mud at NCAR or Chautauqua Trail.

      May 2, 2013

    • Rita

      Thanks, Bob.

      May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Greg - Do you still have a seat aviable in your car. I live in Niwot

    May 2, 2013

  • Shannon

    Thank you Naomi!

    May 2, 2013

  • Naomi

    Justice Center leaving at 12:00: Richard, Veronique, Mathew, Shannon and myself. It should work.

    May 2, 2013

  • Richard

    I'll meet you there, Naomi.

    May 2, 2013

  • Naomi

    I can meet folks at the Justice Center at 12:00 to car pool to Lyons.

    May 2, 2013

  • Bob F.

    I hiked Bitterbrush Trail at 7:30am today. There is mostly 0-1" snow although shaded section have 6-8" of snow. There are a few pools of water & mud 0-2" deep. The trees over the trail are laden with snow and it will be dropping today & tomorrow. Bring a wide brimmed hat or hood, waterproof footwear and spikes for icy spots.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking for a ride from Boulder also. I can meet anywhere.

    May 2, 2013

  • Shannon

    Anyone coming from Boulder who could give me a ride? I live near 28th and Pine.
    Much appreciated!

    May 2, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Thanks for the info on the hike Bob! Hopefully it won't be too muddy tomorrow. Looking forward to it! And please update your rsvp if your plans have changed.

    May 2, 2013

  • juanita

    So we are hiking the 9 miles? Any idea what time we will finish?

    April 30, 2013

    • Bonnie

      Yes, the hike is 9-10 miles and is overall moderate/difficult. I have only hiked the portion from where the Antelope trail comes in to Nelson Loop, I would call this portion moderate not difficult. I expect this will be a hike where people turn around throughout the hike depending on how long/far they want to go, which is fine as long as we know when someone turns around so we can keep track of everyone. Since I have not hiked this before I cannot say for sure how long it will take but assuming 2 miles an hour plan on 5 hours to do the whole thing.

      1 · April 30, 2013

    • Bob F.

      Bonnie - I hiked this trail a dozen or more times in the past 6 months, most recently, a few weeks ago in a foot of fresh snow. It's not a difficult hike, mostly easy to moderate. Depending on weather the next 2 days, it could be very muddy. Assuming out and back on Bitterbrush, Nelson Loop is option that can be decided when we get to the loop. I'll meet you at the Stone Cup. There should be plenty of parking available at the trail head.

      May 1, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Perhaps dinner after the hike?

    April 30, 2013

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