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Back Ranch Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

7.7 mile 12.4 kilometer loop
97% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 593' 181 m
Descent: -633' -193 m
High: 9,491' 2,893 m
Low: 9,084' 2,769 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Trail shared by Matthew Coye

A beautiful 8 mile loop that takes you through a forested area then along an old aqueduct trail.

Matthew Coye

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Pretty mellow rolling terrain with a few hill climbs, but nothing too intense!

Runner Notes

The Aqueduct trail ends with an awesome flat section to a downhill end, great for a cool down or some speed work.

Description

Start off crossing a meadow and heading into the woods, the trail intermittently changes between an open meadow and forest for the first couple miles. There are couple short steeper climbs that will slow you down, then it becomes flat/rolling singletrack all the way to the back ranch.

The trail is well signed following Soda Creek Trail until you get to the back ranch (~4 miles in) then you hop onto Soda Ridge Trail which then becomes Keystone Aquaduct. The Soda Ridge trail has some steepness to it at the beginning but becomes gentle rolling terrain once you're about halfway through it. What a great loop!

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Sep 11, 2019
Ken Nett
7.3mi — 1h 14m
Jul 21, 2019
Lyndsey Denton
Fun and pretty trail through the meadows. I'd say more of a mountain bike trail as several stretches were very narrow and banked in 10mi — 2h 30m
Aug 25, 2018
Melissa Galvin
10mi — 1h 43m
Jul 15, 2017
David Skelly
Jun 24, 2017
Kyle Herlache
8.5mi
Apr 23, 2017
Nathan Rilla
Started near the Keystone Stables which added about a mile. Beautiful views! Spring time turns sections into streams, why it's 4stars and not 5 8.6mi
Aug 22, 2011
Toko Morimoto

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  4.0 from 13 votes

#2210

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  4.0 from 13 votes
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#307

in Colorado

#2,210

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5,686 Since Mar 13, 2015
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They just reworked the singletrack portion of this trail this past summer, can you spot the border collie?
Mar 13, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Running amongst the sage, I swear that stuff makes you run faster! Gore Range off in the distance.
Mar 13, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Coming past the Hay Trail junction, continuing on to the back ranch before climbing up Soda Ridge Trail.
Mar 13, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Running that smooth smooth singletrack, such a fun trail to run :)
Mar 13, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Pretty damn scenic singletrack!
Dec 6, 2017 near Keystone, CO
Soda Creek Trail - Back Ranch, Keystone
Mar 21, 2015 near Keystone, CO

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