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Walker Ranch

 4.5 (86)

7.6 Miles 12.3 Kilometers


84%

Runnable

1,594' 486 m

Ascent

-1,585' -483 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

59%

Max Grade (30°)

7,335' 2,236 m

High

6,439' 1,963 m

Low

Shared By Nicholas Shannon

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All Clear 15 days ago
Dry, Mostly Dry History

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An awesome and challenging run near Boulder with great scenery.

Nicholas Shannon

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route it is located up Flagstaff road, which is worth the drive on its own!

You'll climb as much as you descend on this somewhat challenging loop, with sections of smooth singletrack, rocky sections, and even some steep steps leading down to a creek.

Need to Know

This is a popular trail for Boulder-based mountain bikers, so keep an eye out.

Description

Running counter-clockwise, as mapped, you'll start out with a consistent descent. Once the initial descent is complete, you'll cruise along the creek for a bit on nice, level ground. That doesn't last long, however, before you find yourself climbing steeply again.

Keep climbing until you hit a couple of switchbacks. You'll then emerge near Gross Dam road. This is a nice spot for a quick rest as you take in the great views. Continue down the trail following a contour along the hillside. Shortly thereafter, you'll return to the forest.

Take the set stairs leading down a couple hundred feet to the creek. It's rocky and steep here, and it can even be a bit tough to maintain your footing. When you finally reach the creek there are some great spots to soak if you need to be refreshed by the COLD water. From here, run up a loose two track for a bit, then take a left eventually getting back onto singletrack. You'll start to climb through the trees using a series of switchbacks that pop you out of the trees and onto the last bit of trail. Follow this all the way back to the trailhead.

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Aug 3, 2018
Dima Kalinchenko
Pretty damn hard trail 8.4mi
Jul 22, 2018
Chris Rozoff
Easy day at Walker Ranch. 7.6mi — 1h 43m
Jul 5, 2018
La MoMoface
Did the walker ranch loop from eldorado canyon state park. Fun, but brutal! 15.2mi — 5h 00m
May 24, 2018
Warren Wood
May 12, 2018
Katie Mika
With sam!
May 6, 2018
Arthur
Really fun! 7.5mi — 1h 30m
Mar 4, 2018
Thomas Lindberg
Ran with Bieser and Nielsen. Maybe favorite run this year. A little snow and ice. No spikes necessary. 8.7mi
Jan 14, 2018
Derek Young
[Garmin 7.61miles, 1°26'14"] Counter clockwise. Great loop! (#3) 7.6mi — 1h 26m

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  4.5 from 86 votes

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