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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From BocoWildWork via Twitter: Gold medal effort from Boulder Trail Runners today on the Walker Ranch Loop. Thanks for the help! #boco_trails http://t.co/FLEUhYPn

Walker Ranch reopened at 2:00 pm on Friday June 29th. Ethel Harrold parking lot is not accessible while Bison Road remains closed.

Trail Meter: Good»Closed

Closed due to fire in the area.

dry

Trail Meter: Poor»Good

A couple very short wet/icy spots, but not muddy. Steps are dry. Riding is good to go!

Still has long stretches of snow and mud

from RangerHatfield via Twitter: Walker trails have some clear areas but still with long stretches of snow and ice.

from RangerHatfield via Twitter: Walker trails are still icy and snow packed, with some muddy sections. Ice traction recommended!

Trail Meter: Good»Poor

12/29 - Crappy snowy slushy muddy crap with some more crap. This is your worst nightmare coming true. Don't ride here!

No, you're not going to go all supernatural and above the mud, or split the slush like Moses did the Red Sea. Trust me, I've tried. Get out the XC skis and go to Brainard or go climbing at the gym or just look surly and drink something off your top shelf, but please don't ride this - at least until the new year.

Trail Meter: Poor»Good

Rode today (11/25) Trail was in great condition. Dry w/ only very very few sections of ice...

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