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1 day ago

Solid run! With lots of trails to make it longer/shorter. I’d recommend heading down mustang trail and back up belcher to make the loop. Otherwise, doing the opposite, you’ll have quite the climb up mustang for the end of your run. Mountain bikers on the trail too, keep your head up!

hiking
6 days ago

Very calm and peaceful. Seen a few deer on the trail as well which was awesome

hiking
7 days ago

Nice hike close to Denver. Great views of the eastern plains and downtown Denver but no mountain views. If you take Rawhide to make the loop there is a bench about half way that makes for a good place to rest and have a bite. Not a strenuous hike, a few shorts climbs and rocky in a few spots but very manageable for all skill levels. We hiked in fresh snow this day. We did not need spikes. However when the snow thaws and freezes extra traction will be a must. Overall a nice hike if you're looking for something close to Denver with not much distance.

Pros: great views, even from the parking lot; lots of trail options if you don’t want to hike the full 4.5 mile trail; plenty of parking; very few people on the trail

Cons: SO WINDY!!! It felt about 30 degrees cooler than it felt in Denver; the trail was quite snowy (I used yaktrax as well as trail running shoes and was glad I had both), loss of daylight is more noticeable here because of the mountains that block the sun- plan to be back at your car by 4:00 if you want full sunlight on the trail

All in all, I thought this was a beautiful trail. I cut my hike short because I knew I wouldn’t make it to the summit and back with my dog’s plodding pace, so I took at shortcut at the Wrangler trail (it cut the hike to 3 mi rather than 4.5). The wind was crazy strong - enough to blow my 80lb dog off the trail at points. I plan to do this hike again in the summer when there’s less snow and wind.

hiking
29 days ago

Morning hike with great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike in the snow on Monday. Be careful about the route. Belcher hill trail itself is only a section of the loop indicated. You have to connect to mustang trail which loops back to the belcher Hill trail. If you make the mistake of staying on Belcher Hill trail, you will end of taking yourself far away from the parking lot and will need to turn around for a steep climb to get back on track. Also take note that the beginning of the loop begins on the opposite side of the road as the parking lot, although you will see signs for Belcher Hill trail on that parking lot side as it continues that way as well. The scenery is gorgeous, although my experience was one with limited visibility due to the snowfall. The trip took me about 2.5 hours.

Led a meetup group around this trail 1/13/18. Really great trail for most beginners because of its moderate incline and relatively short distance.
It's been a warm, dry winter, and there was no snow on trail.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a beautiful day to hike and the trail was very nice. Not too many people, more MTB than hikers but they were very courteous.
We did some geocaching along the route and had a lovely day.

1 month ago

Windy and cold but great! Only a little bit of ice and snow.

hiking
1 month ago

Arrived on a Saturday around 1:30pm and there was ample parking available. We followed the trail as indicated-beginning to the northwest. The trail begins in open mountain meadows, spotted with pine trees. You will pass Wrangler's run, a cut-through which would provide a much shorter day, as well as the water-hole trail. The trail begins flat and wide, but becomes a little rockier and steeper as you progress around the loop. However, there is nothing strenuous about the grade as you make your way, just watch your footing for the occasional jutting or loose rock. One important note: The route indicated is not the route we ended up taking. On the east side of the loop, you will find a barrier put up by Jefferson Public Space that indicates a trail has been closed due to unsafe conditions. You will see this marker on the left. It's unclear what these conditions are. There was very little snow and ice on the path to this point, and most of the trail was bone-dry. We continued forward as there was no trail indicated on our GPS. A little bit up the the you will see the junction of rawhide and Wrangler's. As the trail indicates, you take the rawhide path to the left. if you are following GPS, it will show that you are on an trail not shown. No worries, continue to follow the Rawhide trail and it will lead you back to the lot. The whole journey took us a little over 2 hours. It should also be noted that our GPS indicated we have traveled just over 6 miles.

Great location. Trail takes you down first so the first 1.5miles coming from Sawmill Trail nice decline. Then some moderate incline the remaining mile but overall pretty easy hike. Lots of shade and wind so it was cold but no snow yet!
Love this park!

hiking
1 month ago

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

Good times. We had to walk up after the first mile but had a good time and ran all the way down. It is fairly rocky and steep in places on Belcher. Sometimes rocky and sometimes steep. Not a lot of both at the same time but it made it too hard to run up. Evens out at the top before Round Up. Exposed most of the way up but shaded near Round Up.

This is a great loop on the less traveled, west side of White Ranch. I prefer to do the loop clockwise for better views and a shorter, but steeper uphill back to the parking lot.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views. Good mix of up and downs. Used as a mountain biking track so watch for them as you go. Really well maintained trail. Mostly shady so would be a good hike for summer too.

hiking
3 months ago

A beautiful and easy to follow trail! Great views.

hiking
3 months ago

We did our own path and took Mustang, to Longhorn to make a loop. It wound up at about 7 miles. Nice hike through woods at first then pretty exposed the rest of the loop. This hike can get crowded with bikers so be aware. Not much water so make sure you bring plenty for your four legged friends. This is a nice hike that is very close to Denver. No water features or spectacular views but a nice hike if you just want to get away. Great views of Denver and the eastern plains.

hiking
5 months ago

Bring extra water, especially if you're bringing your dog. In the heat of the day this trail gets HOT and there's not always much shade. Streams are down to a trickle. It is gorgeous though, and I got a decent tan too!

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