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Walker Ranch

 4.5 (78)

Length


7.6 Miles 12.3 Kilometers


1,594' 486 m

Ascent

-1,585' -483 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

59%

Max Grade (30°)

7,335' 2,236 m

High

6,439' 1,963 m

Low

Shared By Nicholas Shannon

Conditions


All Clear 13 days ago
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An awesome and challenging hike near Boulder with great scenery.

Nicholas Shannon

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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Jun 30, 2018
Jeff C
Trail in great shape and hard enough to prove that I'm not, and still really enjoyable. Lots of variation in difficulty and scenery too. 7.8mi
Jun 24, 2018
Matt Latimer
7.8mi
Jun 21, 2018
Jackson Miller
7.6mi
Jun 21, 2018
Jordan Frdnmkr
10.1mi
Jun 16, 2018
Cynthia B.
Great trail! Followed CCW which meant going DOWN the stairs. 7.6mi — 3h 00m
Jun 10, 2018
Clancey Potter
Challenging but overall not too hard. Did the loop the opposite way of recommended. One very steep section. 7.6mi
Jun 9, 2018
Ross Therrien
7.6mi
Jun 5, 2018
Brian K

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 78 votes

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