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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T: 7 A: 8 C: 7

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7.6 mi.
1650 ft.

Comments

From RangerHatfield via Twitter: Still some wet spots on Walker. Everyone doing a great job of going thru the mud! #boco_trails http://t.co/njcEzrksuj

From RangerHatfield via Twitter: With all this rain, even Walker is getting sloppy. Please remember to travel thru the mud. #boco_trails

walker is totally dry despite the snow on top of super flag.
the trail was loose though, especially on the 4-wheel descent leading down to the river crossing.

From Jamesmorophoto via Twitter: Don't be dissuated by the snow on super flag. Walker ranch is dry. #boco_trails http://t.co/rLkh71tAyQ

From RangerHatfield via Twitter: Walker is looking pretty good this morning! Still a bit of melting snow making mud, but not long stretches. #boco_trails

Trail condition updated to Poor.

From RangerHatfield via Twitter: Walker is still icy and will be a bit muddy as it warms up. Please go thru the mud, not around. Ah...springtime! #boco_trails

From RangerHatfield via Twitter: Well, there goes the perfect trail conditions! 5 in of snow at Walker, Flagstaff is VERY slick. Stay safe! #boco_trails

Trail Meter: Poor»Good

walker ranch is good to go! there were some muddy/damp sections through the switchbacks in the forrest, but otherwise dry.

From RangerHatfield via Twitter: Walker is drying out nicely! There still may be some lingering mud, but mostly clear! #boco_trails

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