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Date Wednesday  1/15/2020
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title RMOTHG Button Rock Preserve
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Robert Richardt
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate A
Trail Mileage 5.4
Elevation Gain 921
Driving Distance 13


Meet in Lyons in the temporary Park N Ride, Railroad and 3rd Avenues (across from the Post Office) at 9:00 am. From here, we will carpool to the trailhead.

For a map and directions to the meeting location, see:

For more info Contact

Robert Richardt

(917) 558-3374






We will take the Button Rock Dam and Sleepy Lion trails through the Button Rock Preserve, a public sanctuary established to protect the natural watershed feeding the Ralph Price Reservoir, the primary water source of Longmont, CO. We will start on a graded service road that parallels the North St. Vrain Creek. We leave the road and take the Sleepy Lion Trail and after a climb through fir and ponderosa trees and rock outcrops reach a large rolling meadow. We climb out of the meadow to beatiful views of the reservoir, Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker. We then descend to the Ralph Price Reservoir Dam base and see the water BLASTING (very impressive sight) out of the dam base. We'll then ascend the trail to the top of the dam where we'll enjoy lunch and views. We return to the cars along the service road. Along the way we'll see where the spillway dumps water through a narrow gorge and the many repairs and improvements made after the massive and destructive floods of 2013. You'll need hiking boots and microspikes to participate on this hike.


Please inform leader of any pertinent medical conditions before the hike.
An optional social stop will be at the Barking Dog Cafe in Lyons.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.