Walker Ranch Loop

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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.

Walker Ranch GPX File (Clockwise)266.11 KB
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Walker Ranch Kiosk Map2.11 MB
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T: 7 A: 8 C: 7

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7.6 mi.
1650 ft.


Fantastic as always, trails are in great condition, plenty of parking in the morning too, wrote a brief narrative of my ride last weekend on my blog; www.dirtlifeonline.blogspot.com; I've only been riding Boulder trails for about 3 years so I'm still getting the lay of the land, nothing a little more seat time wouldn't cure

From RangerVroman via Twitter: Access to and parking at Walker Ranch will be limited due to the closure of Flagstaff for the USA Pro Cycle Challenge. #boco_trails

From RangerDMorris via Twitter: Nice work on the Walker Ranch Loop trail. #boco_trails http://t.co/WOEBriZ9

From BOCONature via Twitter: Watch for bear signs at Walker Ranch Loop Trail. Scat indicates eating berries. #BoCo_Trails http://t.co/TIZTq2He

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.


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

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