Outdoor Adventure of the Week: Reynolds Ranch Open Space
With the burst of sunshine and unusually high temperatures for this time of year, this weekend is the best time to get out and explore some new trails. Reynolds Ranch Open Space is a great off-the-beaten-path destination that is actually surprisingly close to town. Just a few minutes south of Nederland, you turn off onto a dirt track (Magnolia Rd) that leads to some stunning photo opportunities as well as a string of great trails.
You can pull off almost immediately upon turning onto Magnolia Road at the first trailhead (Boot Trail), or you can carry on for a mile or two to Lollypop Loop. Either way you will have the opportunity to link up to several other trails, including Doe Trail, Bear Down, Power Line, as well as the Boy Scout “Dot” Trails that cover several more miles to the East.
Keep an eye out for wildlife in this area, as there seem to be a lot of coyotes wandering through. They will likely make a run for it if they see you, but it is still good to be aware especially if you have a dog along for the adventure.
One really great benefit of these trails is the incredible views that surround you, including overlooking Barker Reservoir, which looks especially beautiful this time of year covered in ice. You are also rewarded with views of several surrounding peaks, so be sure to have your camera ready! This time of year there can be snow along these trails, but the warmer than usual temperatures mean the trails are relatively clear this week. Leave your snowshoes at home, just lace up your favorite pair of hiking boots and you will be set!
What to Bring:
– hiking boots
– a snack to enjoy overlooking the reservoir
Head South from Nederland on CO Hwy 119 for about 3 miles. Turn left on Magnolia Road. The first trailhead (Boot Trail) begins just behind the Sundance Cafe, while the Lollypop Loop trailhead is about a mile and a half up the dirt road on the left.