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Really pretty hike. Not too busy even for a Sunday. Nice a shady for the longer hike. Small view once you reach the top.

Nice trail, easy, but but steep at start. Also it's difficult to spot the fork to the panorama view point. I missed it and walked past it later figured out that high ground was in other direction so went off-trail and managed to reach panorama point. Later found trail from panorama point leading to the actual trail! It's so obvious to miss that junction. Should have clicked a pic.

Plenty of shade, quite a few mountain bikers but everyone was polite and friendly. We didn't have time for the loop and couldn't find Panorama Point as shown on the map, but the Bear Creek Trail was nice.

awesome hike allot of incline if you haven't been hiking in awhile it's definitely a workout, we did happen to find the secret path thanks to a previous picture posted once you see the angled arrow marker and downed tree look for small foot path to your left, it's a good half mile or so uphill from there but it all becomes worthwhile when you get to the top and get that gorgeous view. would definitely do it again.

Trail is close to Denver and right off 285 so it’s easy to get to. I was tired after a weekend hike so this was a perfect moderate hike. If you just do the trail as marked I would call this more an upper easy hike. If you take the “secret” trail to the top it’s moderate. Took me two loops of the Old Ski Loop trail to find the secret summit trail. It is NOT the first one you come to where to go up about 100 feet to a cluster of rocks with a partial view. I searched around there for a while. It’s above that on the marked trail (if you went left to right on the loop). I added a picture with markings. You won’t see the “no trespassing” sign someone else referenced until after you are already on the trail (and even then it’s off in the distance and you have to look for it). The trail to the summit is pretty well marked as someone has lined quite a bit of it with old tree branches. There are times you will question if you went the right way. Trust your gut...it’s a pretty intuitive trail. Don’t get fooled by the first false summit with good views. Keep going until you find the top and the geo markers and register. It’s probably less than .5 mile from the Old Ski Loop trail so it’s worth it. Someone should bring a new little notepad for the register and a new pen. Both are running low! Gorgeous views from the top and TONS of ladybugs. This will be a great trail for fall with the Aspens along it.

There was plenty of parking when we went. The start of the trail was a little tricky to find, kind of walk back in the direction of Lair o’ the Bear. We also found it tricky to actually get to panorama point once at the top. There wasn’t a trail for the last let like the map indicated. I would suggest continuing till you actually meet up with the panorama point trail then taking that up. We wanted to do a loop rather than out and back so took bear creek trail to panorama trail and back to the road and walked along back to the car. You can do a shorter hike if you park at Corwina Park and take the trail. The views are definitely awesome! It’s really not to difficult of a hike, a little rocky in some spots. My brother and his girlfriend are from Michigan and don’t have the opportunity to hike too much, and the kept up on this hike. There are wild raspberries several spots along the way. If you’re looking for a hike with a payoff, give this one a go!

Really pretty. Found the trail to the mountain. It was tricky - top of the ski loop on the left side. It’s kind of hard to find - just a little dirt path off into the trees with some branches across the beginning. It is above the trail that goes up to the rocks - that was where I went and circled back. So beautiful!!!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Very fun, beautiful views. Not hard.

Really great trail! Keep in mind that there is a loop and it is easy to keep walking past this map and get to the loop. If you turn left to take the loop, the views are great but know there is a little bit of an incline. Totally worth it. I don’t have trouble with parking and there was enough room for bikers and hikers. Wildflowers were in bloom!

Beautiful hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

*The map shows it’s right before rampart range road, but it’s actually right after (on the right)*

Great trail! Very wide so great for groups, and you get some cardio with the hills but nothing too strenuous. Little shade so bring lots of water.

Nice wide trail. We did about 3 miles and enjoyed the view and flowers the whole way.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, nice terrain. Good amount of shade. View at the top is nothing special

Loved all the foliage, lots of pines and aspens throughout the entire hike. The trail head is right off 285 so the noise from the cars is fairly loud until the last 2 loops. I missed the summit, unfortunately. If you start the last loop (Old Ski Run) from the left, as you turn the far corner, you’ll see some (larger) rocks and a trail, but the trail posts tell you to keep right. I kept right thinking I may get to it further up the mountain, but no, that’s where it was. I’ll def return to make the summit.

on Belcher Hill Trail

hiking
2 months ago

from east trail head we did the 4 mile loop, belcher to longhorn and shorthorn back. beautiful day, traffic was pleasantly nice.
moderate skill level.

One of my favorite trails. This is listed as easy but I would consider the last half to be fairly moderate mainly because of the incline. The views are so worth it though. The entrance to this trail almost looks like a driveway so it’s easy to miss.

hiking
3 months ago

Horrible trail.. felt like a second class citizen because of all the mountain bikers. It’s also not ‘hard’ like the review says.. it’s quite tame.

Amazing views especially the loop at the top but I would not hike this trail again. We got passed by 50+ bikers some who were nicer than others in sharing the trail. Biker experience took away from the hike. I would definitely not recommend taking a dog on this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty hike and a good workout but WAY too many mountain bikes. No exaggeration, we passed (or got passed by) 75+ bikes today. We hiked about 8.5 miles (Belcher to Mustang to Sawmill and back) and there were bikes throughout the entire way.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail on a lovely day with my pup. There were lots of hikers and bikes at lower elevations on a Sunday afternoon, but the trail cleared out as you got higher. A really great hike!

hiking
4 months ago

This was the best hike I've been on since my last 14er. The ist 4-5 miles is steadily uphill but doable if you're in decent shape. My 21 year old daughter led the way with our dogs, Miller (living the High Life) and Ellie. My 14 1/2 year old wire haired mutt that keeps going and going...... The views are expansive and the trails are either dirt or dirt/rocks. We began on the southern part of Belcher Trail, hiked a few miles and turned left on the Mustang trail. Once the Mustang Trail hit the Sawmill Trail we continued to climb a not too steep pather until we reached the Sawmill Trail campsite near 7500'. This is the high point of the hike. The campsite is amazing! It has excellent tent sites, fire pits, picnic tables, free firewood, clean restroom metal bear bends, No one was camping but my daughter and I decided to backpack and camp their a night or two on our next visit. We did come across a couple of people riding horses, a handful of mountain bikers, runners, and small groups of hikers throughout the trip. But we were alone for a good portion of Mustang and Sawmill Trails. Sawmill eventually intersected with Belcher Trail again and it was downhill from there. There was some snow in the higher elevations but not enough to pull out crampons. The trail was dry for 97% of the hike. We began at 1:30pm and ended around 5:15pm. We hiked a total of 8.8 miles, climbed 130+ floors, and took over 20,000 steps. Overall, it was one of my favorites. We're all going to sleep well tonight. Adios for now

Beautiful view at the summit! This was my first time to Meyers Ranch and I wouldn't want to do it without going to the top of Legault. It is the best view. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find the trail to the summit with the snow. But I just followed some footsteps. Had spikes on my boots and definitely needed them. Very wet and a bit slick as it has been warm all week and the snow was very melty. Boots and bottom of pants very wet but worth it. The extra hike to the summit made the whole hike worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

I did this trail along with White Ranch Loop. It was nothing but muddy trails (60% of the trails were covered with mud!!) even 10 days past after the last snow and it has been warm days(Today was 57F). If you enjoy mud run/hike, do it!

2nd review. Finally came back to finish this trail. It’s a great hike. We took it out to the turn around but then kept going to Roxborough Park. Beautiful views and a good moderate hike. Great trail 1/12/18. Fun and very few people.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a good winter hike on a sunny day. Good elevation gain and much of the hike is in the sun.

Love everything about White Ranch Open Space. This particular trail is a go to for my family. We did the 2 mile loop on the south side and looped back by taking Sawmill. Great views, easily hiked by a 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 yr old.

Great time with a lot of beautiful trees to see. Plenty of switchbacks to break up the ascent. As the other reviewer Jesse said, take the extra mile to summit Legault.

To get to the summit, you'll need to look for the trail that is off the main trail when you reach the farthest corner of the top of the loop. You'll know you're there when you see the marker with arrows pointing in both directions. Just stay to the left of the No Trespassing signs and you'll be good to go.

The view from the top is amazing! Even with the little bit of climbing this is still a moderate trail, so enjoy.

It's about five miles round trip. Beautiful walk through the trees and the last half mile up to Panoroma is steep, but worth it for the view at the end. The trail is popular with bikers so make sure to keep an ear out. Plenty of parking a quarter mile from the trail head.

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