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Walker Ranch

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (139) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An awesome and challenging hike near Boulder with great scenery.


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7.6

Miles

12.3

KM

Loop

7,335' 2,236 m

High

6,439' 1,963 m

Low

1,594' 486 m

Up

1,585' 483 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

59%

Max Grade (30°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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.

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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Shared By:

Nicholas Shannon

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 139 votes

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Photos

South Boulder Creek
Oct 31, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO
Sunset over rock-face
Oct 31, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO
Looking east on the trail
Mar 27, 2019 near Coal Creek, CO
Deer on the trail.
Oct 31, 2017 near Coal Creek, CO
A nice open view halfway through the Walker Loop.
Apr 4, 2015 near Coal Creek, CO
Looking out east towards Boulder
Mar 27, 2019 near Coal Creek, CO

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Oct 10, 2020
Matt Rea
Absolutely gorgeous hike. Populated in some areas but nothing too bad. Some absolutely brutal uphills right out of the canyon to be aware of! 8.2mi — 3h 24m
Oct 1, 2020
Michael Kellman
walked uphills at the beginning and got grown cramp around mile 4. otherwise should do this again! 7.6mi — 2h 45m
Sep 22, 2020
Rich Kelly
run/walk 7.7mi — 1h 47m
Sep 12, 2020
Irene C
Sep 6, 2020
Teague Bechtel
Aug 15, 2020
Nick Barendregt
Really nice hike! Much nicer than we remembered; will definitely try and come out more often. 7.2mi — 2h 49m
Aug 2, 2020
Taylor West
4h 00m
Jul 30, 2020
Sandra G