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    Hall Ranch riding from Lyons

    I will be in Lyons soon and plan on riding Hall Ranch from town. Is the only way to the Bitterbrush TH along HWY36? Is entering from the Antelope TR a little safer? Trying to avoid getting smashed in route to a sweet looking ride. I plan on riding everything out there so entrance location not that big a deal. Thanks everyone.

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    Either works. If you start on Bitterbrush, go up Old South St Vrain and come DOWN hwy 7 to the trailhead. You'll only be on 7 for a short bit that way.

    Oh - Bitterbrush TH is off of Hwy7, not 36. It's about 2.5 miles out of town.

    To get to Antelope, go up 36, left on Apple Valley, left on Antelope Rd.
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    Check the weather forecast, though - zip 80540...
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    Yes Dave gave you the two options. If the weather holds, then you have two potential experiences.

    Going hwy 7, you get to ride the rock garden up hill. If you like lots of technical, continuous ,heart pounding moves, choose this...but IMO, you definitely want to come back this way too.

    If you want a more mellow climb and challenging descent, chose the Antelope route up. and descend the Bitterbrush section.

    Enjoy!

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    Thanks for the info. The climb up Bitterbrush looks tough, but sweet! I may go that route just to give it a try. I'll certainly make that my final descent before heading back to town.

    Is the Antelope descent worth the climb back up on an out and back?

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    Antelope is definitely fun. Short but fun. Not happening today though.
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    I ride little or no pavement, but I have never felt unsafe riding the short sections of road from the shop to the trailhead. Good visibility, relatively low volume of cars.
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    Turns out I'm supposed to be in Lyons this weekend, guess I won't get to ride after all. I'm hearing reports of some pretty good snowfall up there!

    I'll be up there again so I appreciate all the info.

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    I live 10 minutes from Lyons. We are currently ankle deep in snow. That said, it'll be 60 on Friday. If you aren't familiar with the front range, you'd be amazed how fast we dry out; it is very arid here.

    We had similar/more snow last Tue/Wed and I rode Hall & Heil on the weekend (and it was 80 degrees!)

    I wouldn't throw in the towel just yet...
    Good luck!

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    Thanks for the vote of confidence Geek! I'm coming up from the Springs so I know how fast it does dry out. Especially down here with all the decomposed granite.

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    If you get mudded out, go hang out at Redstone then Oskar Blues. My guess it will be dry enough somewhere to get in a ride. Dave at Redstone (ignazjr) will know.
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    Thanks for the tip xcguy, and yes Oskar's was a guaranteed stop regardless! We're losing quite a bit down here already this morning, though we didn't have as much as up there in Lyons. Still plan on bringing the bike. I'll check back in tomorrow, maybe someone can post an update. Thanks again.

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    Hall Ranch riding from Lyons

    Quote Originally Posted by Geek View Post
    If you aren't familiar with the front range, you'd be amazed how fast we dry out; it is very arid here.

    We had similar/more snow last Tue/Wed and I rode Hall & Heil on the weekend (and it was 80 degrees!)

    I wouldn't throw in the towel just yet...
    Good luck!
    What's the best way look up trail conditions on the front range? I'm coming from KC in a few weeks and wanted to be able make sure places were ridable. For example, out here we have a twitter account that people update with trail conditions. Wondered if you guys had something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by breed007 View Post
    For example, out here we have a twitter account that people update with trail conditions. Wondered if you guys had something similar.
    Search for #boco_trails (boulder county trails) on twitter. There's not account per se, but the local rangers and area trail users tweet conditions with this hashtag.

    I still can't see any dirt yet but this snow is melting fast. This weekend is gonna be a total crapshot so far. Keep yo fingers crossed.
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    Hall Ranch riding from Lyons

    Thanks. Appreciate the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by breed007 View Post
    What's the best way look up trail conditions on the front range? I'm coming from KC in a few weeks and wanted to be able make sure places were ridable. For example, out here we have a twitter account that people update with trail conditions. Wondered if you guys had something similar.

    I check these frequently this time of year:
    Boulder County -> Trail Conditions
    Larimer County -> https://twitter.com/LCDNR
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