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Belcher Hill

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4.5 mile 7.3 kilometer point to point
80% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,733' 528 m
Descent: -437' -133 m
High: 7,886' 2,404 m
Low: 6,153' 1,875 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Trail shared by Benjamin Pontecorvo

A massive climb up the center of White Ranch Open Space Park.

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There can be heavy equestrian traffic on the bottom half of this trail. It starts at the East parking lot as you travel through two horse gates - please respect the horses. After the 2nd horse gate the trail becomes very rocky.

The gradual climb from the rock garden to the stream crossing is very heavily trafficked by hikers, bikers and horses.

Once at the stream, you'll start a 1700+ foot vertical ascent over packed red rock, loose hard pack, loose rock, gravel, and finally dirt with roots. If runed from start to finish, this is a strenuous trail due to the unrelenting steep grade and loose nature of the trail surface. There are plenty of singletrack alternatives, but this is the most direct way to the back of the park.

Flora & Fauna

Put your head down and ascend nearly 2000' on this wide but rugged doubletrack.

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Mar 29, 2020
Pete F
Aug 28, 2019
Courtney B
Beautiful. Amazing views of city. Great for variety of distances and hill training. Definitely bring your lungs! :)
Jul 24, 2019
Trace Evans
Took this to Longhorn Loop, then headed back just before the bicycle only "T" Heard a rattlesnake "rattle" at me in the long grass just before Creek ! 4.3mi — 0h 56m
Apr 27, 2019
John Steelman
4.5mi
Apr 8, 2018
K K
Aug 11, 2017
Toko Morimoto
Jul 8, 2017
Donnie Hinshaw
8.4mi
May 24, 2017
Ben Tyler

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  3.4 from 13 votes

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#1,249

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#14,395

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First mile of the trail
Mar 27, 2019 near Golden, CO
Beautiful day near Golden.
Jan 19, 2020 near Golden, CO
A pleasant creek with interestingly colored rocks.
Feb 19, 2015 near Golden, CO
Flying down Belcher Hill.
Nov 9, 2015 near Golden, CO

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