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.

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T: 7 A: 8 C: 7

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7.6 mi.
1650 ft.


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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

Trail condition updated to Poor.

From Jamesmorophoto via Twitter: Walker ranch is definitely not dry....save the trip for later next week...
#mountain biking http://t.co/C6EyksE3sC

From RangerHatfield via Twitter: High winds are starting to dry things out up at Walker. Still muddy/snowy sections, so please ride/walk thru! #boco_trails

From SimonTaranto via Twitter: Thanks for putting me back in my place, Walker Ranch. #boco_trails #boulder

From RangerSHolton via Twitter: Don't risk a ticket! Caribou Ranch is closed until July 1. If you want a great hike this weekend check out Walker Ranch! #boco_trails

From RangerHatfield via Twitter: Brrrr! 6 in of snow and cold temps! Nice layer of ice under everything too. Walker is a spring time winter wonderland! #boco_trails

From nl_photo via Twitter: What's your favorite way to ride Walker Ranch? CW? CCW? Skip the hike & bike for out & back? #boco_trails #boulder http://t.co/ZczsCeD1mG

From RangerHatfield via Twitter yesterday: Things are drying up. Walker mostly clear and dry..still some icy/soft spots on shaded sections of trail. Enjoy this weather! #boco_trails

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