Button Rock Preserve
Trail(s): Sleepy Lion Trail
Location: Button Rock Preserve
Distance: 4.7 miles
Dogs Allowed: Yes
I was pleasantly surprised by Button Rock Preserve, operated by the City of Longmont. Many time, “Preserve” is synonymous with “No Dogs Allowed”, but this preserve had a leash, off-leash, and no dogs allowed area.
I got a late start this morning and I didn’t arrive to the trailhead until around noon. I expected that many people would be finishing up their 4.7 mile hike, but the parking lot was full of families, hikers, climbers, and dogs on this sunny, yet crisp winter day.
The beginning of the trail follows a slightly graded dirt road. Generally, hiking up a road with lots of people isn’t my favorite type of hike, but it passes by climbing cliffs, a dam, and the small Longmont Reservoir which just look like a wide, slow moving portion of the North St. Vrain Creek which is also skirted by the road all within 3/4 of a mile. Continue reading “Road Trip to the Rockies: Button Rock Preserve”