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Walker Ranch

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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

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All Clear 9 days ago
Snowy, Mostly Dry, Icy - Was able to hike the whole loop without microspikes. History

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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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Jan 3, 2019
Patrick Csongei
quiet, peaceful, good weather. new trail pattern that is different from the map in hikingproject 7.8mi
Dec 26, 2018
Will Stowe
Mostly dry with some significant icy spots in the low areas. Beautiful! 7.9mi
Nov 18, 2018
Jordan Frdnmkr
Lil snowy. Hiked with Nick. 8mi
Oct 27, 2018
Artem Vovk
12.3mi
Oct 3, 2018
ben nutinsideu
Took a wrong turn lmao 8.6mi — 3h 30m
Sep 30, 2018
Amy Nguyen
Sep 16, 2018
KM Lacy
Our to the stream and back with the pups. Very hot! 4.4mi
Sep 8, 2018
Tess S.
fun!

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 96 votes

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  4.5 from 96 votes
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