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Belcher Hill

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 3.4 (13)

A massive climb up the center of White Ranch Open Space Park.


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4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

Point to Point

7,886' 2,404 m

High

6,153' 1,875 m

Low

1,733' 528 m

Up

437' 133 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

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Description

There can be heavy equestrian traffic on the bottom half of this trail. It starts at the East parking lot as you travel through two horse gates - please respect the horses. After the 2nd horse gate the trail becomes very rocky.

The gradual climb from the rock garden to the stream crossing is very heavily trafficked by hikers, bikers and horses.

Once at the stream, you'll start a 1700+ foot vertical ascent over packed red rock, loose hard pack, loose rock, gravel, and finally dirt with roots. If hikeed from start to finish, this is a strenuous trail due to the unrelenting steep grade and loose nature of the trail surface. There are plenty of singletrack alternatives, but this is the most direct way to the back of the park.

Flora & Fauna

Put your head down and ascend nearly 2000' on this wide but rugged doubletrack.

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Shared By:

Benjamin Pontecorvo

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  3.4 from 13 votes

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First mile of the trail
Mar 27, 2019 near Golden, CO
Beautiful day near Golden.
Jan 19, 2020 near Golden, CO
A pleasant creek with interestingly colored rocks.
Feb 19, 2015 near Golden, CO
Flying down Belcher Hill.
Nov 9, 2015 near Golden, CO

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May 16, 2020
Gretchen Walker
Mary & Dan
Apr 23, 2020
Matt Kohn
Apr 22, 2020
Ann Zweig
Jan 19, 2020
James Page
Beautiful day, little icy in spots. 11.5mi
Nov 16, 2019
Jeni Umble
Oct 8, 2019
Luke Farlow
3h 15m
Sep 10, 2019
Luke Farlow
1h 30m
Aug 1, 2019
Nicole Stanek
Belcher Hill to Longhorn and back 5.6mi