Four calf-burning, lung-busting, heart-pumping hikes and the summer brews that make them worthwhile.
Button Rock Preserve and Left Hand Brewing Company
The Hike Button Rock Preserve
This loop starts as a gradual climb up a service road and past the Longmont Reservoir. You'll pass some granite slabs, which are popular with rock climbers, along the way. After 1.2 miles, turn left onto the Sleepy Lion Trail and up the aptly named Deadman Gulch. Continue climbing to the Ralph Price Reservoir, where you'll connect with another service road, and then begin descending toward the spillway. Even though this is a nature preserve, the trail is often packed during the hatch with fly-fishermen heading to the St. Vrain. (Near Longmont: Take U.S. Highway 36 to County Road 80. Turn left and drive 2.8 miles to trailhead.)
The Effort 5.9 miles = 1,171 (men) and 926 (women) approximate calories burned
The Reward Swing over to the tasting room at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont. We recommend the Haystack Wheat ale: summery, medium-bodied, and delicious. Calories: 167 per 12 ounces 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont; 303-772-0258