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Walker Ranch

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (146) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An awesome and challenging run near Boulder with great scenery.


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Map Key

8.0

Miles

12.9

KM

86%

Runnable

7,333' 2,235 m

High

6,450' 1,966 m

Low

1,527' 466 m

Up

1,523' 464 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

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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Shared By:

Nicholas Shannon

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 146 votes

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Photos

South Boulder Creek
Oct 31, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO
Sunset over rock-face
Oct 31, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO
Looking east on the trail
Mar 27, 2019 near Coal Creek, CO
Scenic view just off the Walker Ranch Loop trail.
Oct 28, 2021 near Coal Creek, CO
Deer on the trail.
Oct 31, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO
A nice open view halfway through the Walker Loop.
Apr 4, 2015 near Coal Creek, CO

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Dec 12, 2021
Rob Brackett
Great scenery. Hard to believe but still 100% snow free in mid Dec — 1h 32m
Oct 29, 2021
Sastre
Clockwise. Fun rolling hills with short technical sections. Chance of mountain bikers. 8.1mi — 1h 22m
Oct 10, 2021
Max Mayeda
Sep 11, 2021
Josh M
Jul 24, 2021
Elizabeth Stapleton
Did this as part of training. 9mi — 2h 04m
Jul 10, 2021
Jessica Montenieri
A good challenge, already planning my next visit. — 2h 00m
May 15, 2021
Kyle Baudour
Great, super fun, only a little bit of mud, went clockwise. 7.9mi — 1h 30m
Feb 6, 2021
Charly Jackson