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blueBlack Belcher Hill

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4.5 mile 7.3 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,733' 528 m
Descent: -437' -133 m
High: 7,886' 2,404 m
Low: 6,153' 1,875 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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

Benjamin Pontecorvo

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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.

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

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Nov 10, 2018
Sarah B
Started at Belcher Hill, went up on the Mustang trail, then looped back around the Longhorn and Whippletree trail loop. 9.2mi
Nov 2, 2018
Cynthia B.
Sep 29, 2018
Kim Chrislip
Belcher Hill - Shorthorn Loop w Holly 4.6mi
May 5, 2018
Tim Tucker
Apr 3, 2018
Tracey Ziniel
Mar 31, 2018
Gamaliel Whitney
Belcher, maverick, longhorn, rawhide, mustang, belcher trail loop. Snow on a lot of trail but manageable. 10mi
Feb 2, 2018
K West
Was slushy and muddy, not too technical, but last ascent was slightly more vertical than the rest.
Jun 1, 2017
Seth Levey
8mi

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