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Back Ranch Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful 8 mile loop that takes you through a forested area then along an old aqueduct trail.


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Map Key

7.7

Miles

12.4

KM

Loop

9,491' 2,893 m

High

9,084' 2,769 m

Low

593' 181 m

Up

633' 193 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Pretty mellow rolling terrain with a few hill climbs, but nothing too intense!

Description

Start off crossing a meadow and heading into the woods, the trail intermittently changes between an open meadow and forest for the first couple miles. There are couple short steeper climbs that will slow you down, then it becomes flat/rolling singletrack all the way to the back ranch.

The trail is well signed following Soda Creek Trail until you get to the back ranch (~4 miles in) then you hop onto Soda Ridge Trail which then becomes Keystone Aquaduct. The Soda Ridge trail has some steepness to it at the beginning but becomes gentle rolling terrain once you're about halfway through it. What a great loop!

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Matthew Coye

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 15 votes

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  4.0 from 15 votes
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Running amongst the sage, I swear that stuff makes you run faster! Gore Range off in the distance.
Mar 13, 2015 near Keystone, CO
They just reworked the singletrack portion of this trail this past summer, can you spot the border collie?
Mar 13, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Coming past the Hay Trail junction, continuing on to the back ranch before climbing up Soda Ridge Trail.
Mar 13, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Waiting for me to catch up.
Jul 18, 2020 near Keystone, CO
Coming from the Back Ranch, on the road for a bit before you start the climb onto Soda Ridge Trail. Not a bad view of the Tenmile Range poking above the trees!
Mar 13, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Pretty damn scenic singletrack!
Dec 6, 2017 near Keystone, CO

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Nov 23, 2020
dominic doledec
Ok whith moderate snow
Jul 13, 2020
Dominic Sagar
Great hike. A bit boring towards the end as you get back to the parking lot through a neighborhood 7.7mi — 3h 09m
Jun 19, 2019
Thaddeus W
Oct 27, 2018
Nicole Lapka
Good for snowshoe maybe? 7.5mi
Sep 1, 2018
Laurie Smart
Jul 24, 2018
Lisa Lichtenstein
7.5mi
May 27, 2018
Wendy Cohen
Beautiful day...no snow on the trail. 7.5mi
May 5, 2018
Patrick Csongei
tried for the full loop but we were turned back around 9,800 feet because of snow, so we came back down and did the rest of Back Ranch loop 12.6mi