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Walker Ranch

 54 votes

Length

7.6 Miles 12.3 Kilometers

84%

Runnable

90%

Singletrack

Elevation

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

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An awesome and challenging run near Boulder with great scenery.

Nicholas Shannon

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.
Features: River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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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Jan 14, 2018
Derek Young
[Garmin 7.61miles, 1°26'14"] Counter clockwise. Great loop! (#3) 7.6mi — 1h 26m
Nov 16, 2017
Annie Lo
Oct 25, 2017
Toko Morimoto
Sep 21, 2017
Donnie Hinshaw
Clear, dry. 7.7mi
Sep 16, 2017
Michael Reschly
7.5mi
Sep 15, 2017
Shaf Jac
Sep 9, 2017
Jack Toland
Complete loop starting from Eldorado Canyon Trail 7.4mi — 1h 21m
Aug 20, 2017
Toko Morimoto

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 54 votes

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in Walker Ranch

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  4.5 from 54 votes
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in Walker Ranch

#7

in Colorado

#21

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