Walker Ranch Loop

Trail Meter: 
Good

A great loop relatively close to Boulder. Don't be fooled by the moderate distance (~8mi) -- this is a tough ride due to some steep climbs. "Walker" has oft been said to be the most appropriately named of our trails ... unless you are the manimal, this trail will beat into walking at least once. There are some grueling short climbs, some grueling longer climbs, and some super gnar descents.

You can ride it either direction but I normally hit it counterclockwise to get the nice flowing singletrack descent on the backside. Going counter-clockwise, you will need to carry your bike down the stairs to South Boulder Creek. Take a look at the map at the trailhead before doing the loop, but the route is well marked. Save an hour or two for this ride depending on how fast you want to go.

Ride from Boulder on Flagstaff Road and do a Super Walker -- but be sure to bring food, water, and a jacket on this ride since it's pretty long.

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7.6 mi.
1650 ft.

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Trail Meter: Fair»Poor

from RangerFowler via Twitter: Walker Ranch Loop not recommended for bikes-very icy. Hiking only with appropriate spikes

Packed snow on North facing trails. South facing and exposed trails are dry to wet sand. Wide jeep trail sections before portage when riding clockwise are muddy clay in sections.

from Ranger Hatfield via Twitter: VERY Strong winds at Walker. Roads and trails will be snow drifted. Please use caution.

First clockwise downhill from meadow lot covered in packed snow. Trail muddy in sections but damage avoidable.

Here is a video clip taken today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3pjXtFEXcU

Trail Meter: Poor»Fair

Some snow but no mud.

Trail Meter: Good»Poor

If you like skiing on your bike, then this area is good to go! There is a good 8+ inches on the ground.

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