Picture rock trail is one of Boulder County’s newest trails to their collection of off-road/multi use trails. This 5.2 mile trail starts in Lyons Colorado and finishes (that is subjective) at the top of a foothill ridge where Heil Ranch Trail ends. This means you can ride from Heil trail head to the Picture Rock Trail head! The trail was masterfully constructed to cater to the recreational cyclist and less so to the extreme athlete/downhiller by strategically placing speed “narrows” often and with plenty of corners that prevent anyone from descending at a high rate of speed. Learn more of how the trail was constructed from the video below
However this trail is probably not for a beginner especially as you near the top because rock gardens on the trail will require many cyclist to have to dismount which might be frustrating to the beginner. When planning at day at Picture Rock Trail be sure to bring lots of water because those 5.2 miles will take you a healthy 1-2 hours to complete, also remember to bring you camera because the views along the trail, especially in the spring with all the wild flowers is very beautiful! For the adventurous cyclist you can continue on at the top riding one or both of the loops at the top.