Walker Ranch Loop

Trail Meter: 
Fair

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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Almost two feer of fresh powder- snowshoes for now

Bad- muddy in the sun, icy in the shade

Still well packed in the shade, but icy-muddy in the sun. More snow coming in the next days.

Packed in; clearing and/or ice where sun exposed

More than a foot of snow Tuesday, and drifts from high winds. Good for snowshoes, but not much else.

The new loop bypass is also open, skipping most of the fire road section. About 4" of fresh powder today.

The new connector trail is open from the EH trailhead- sweet single track instead of the fire road.

Rode Wednesday morning 11/25. Clear and rideable counterclockwise down to river. After crossing the river, still large sections of packed snow, ice. Not rideable especially on steep shaded climbs.

Trail Meter: Fair»Poor

@RangerHatffield via Twitter: The wind has been relentless up here. Expect lots of ice on Walker trails. Also, black ice on Flagstaff

Trail Meter: Good»Fair

North facing trail has snow and ice; ground ok when frozen, but will be muddy when it thaws. Ride early or wait a few days.

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