Boulder Valley Ranch Loop
ElevationAscent: 170' 52 m
Descent: -166' -51 m
High: 5,348' 1,630 m
Low: 5,208' 1,587 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“This scenic loop through rolling farmland is a highlight of the Boulder Valley Ranch area.”— Megan W
From here, take the Eagle Trail down a steep, somewhat eroded slope towards a small dammed pond. The trail passes directly over the dam where you'll often see waterfowl paddling between the marshy cattails. Begin the mile long, gentle climb through fields of tall grass, pausing to look back for more reservoir views. After some westward travel through an area with scattered tall cottonwoods, you'll come to the intersection of the Eagle Trail and the Sage Trail. Luckily, this loop does not climb up the steep mesa, instead, follow the Sage Trail west on level ground next to the farmer's irrigation ditch (built in 1862). This is the only shade in the whole area, so enjoy it! The trail is easy going, flat and wide with a smooth dirt surface. The loop ends back at the Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead parking area.
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Land Manager: Boulder County, CO - Parks and Open Space