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Walker Ranch

 48 votes

7.6 Miles 12.3 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

1,594' 486 m

Ascent

-1,585' -483 m

Descent

7,335' 2,236 m

High

6,439' 1,963 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

59%

Max Grade (30°)

Minor Issues

8 days agoUpdate

An awesome and challenging hike 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

Hiking 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, hike 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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Nov 14, 2017
will carter
Icy is spots. 7.9mi
Nov 10, 2017
Ryan Bushman
7.6mi
Nov 4, 2017
Mel G
Love this trail. Beautiful views the whole way and nice spots to relax by the river. 7.6mi
Oct 10, 2017
Sarah Pettay
Oct 8, 2017
Allison Klein
Sep 17, 2017
Matt Thome
Sep 7, 2017
Karly G
7.6mi
Sep 4, 2017
Justin McBride
Great hike with great views. 2:30 fast pace hike is possible and not too challenging, we took a few breaks. 7.5mi

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  4.5 from 48 votes

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Conditions


Minor Issues 8 days ago
Snowy, Some Mud, Icy - definetly has some snowy/muddy sections of the trail. but with hiking boots and some caution, it is still good to hike
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