Explore the most popular forest trails in White Ranch Open Space Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great easy hike though there’s quite a bit of mountain bikers. Keep your eyes up!

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10 days ago

A bit windy in places, but overall, a really great hike. Beautiful scenery and some fantastic rocks to be seen.

Nice and easy trail with gorgeous views.

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26 days ago

Perfect day to hike on the trail, weather was perfect. Not very muddy, sections there was still some melted snow and mud mixed in but basically dry for the most part.

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27 days ago

We hiked this clockwise today...somehow it felt like we were ALWAYS going up? It was beautiful! A little muddy in spots, but nothing too serious. Just remember to walk THROUGH the mud and not around-- it damages and widens the trail when we step off, leading to even MORE mud as time goes on.

27 days ago

Hiked this trail today. Still pretty muddy but if it kept the hoards of people away, I’m fine with that. Nice easy hike with some moderate spots.

Love it

Ok... First of all- My phone died after 12 mile mark and I was upset!! But I am glad I made it back to the parking lot since I went off trail 2x since I was not looking at the map sometime.

Second of all- 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! But if you don't want your awesome shoes to get filthy, don't do it! If it was not muddy, I was probably able to finish this trail before my phone died. :(

Third of all- When I went off the map, I didn't realize for about 10 minutes. Then I tried to go back to follow the map since my phone was dying and didn't want to go off the map, I had to go though a "closed" trail (didn't have a sign but had logs to block the trail, it seems) and once I started walking towards the map, the snow was getting deeper and deeper and I basically had to follow the map to make sure where I was going. Once my battery life showed 20%, I started to panic because I didn't see no human footsteps but some kind of large animal's. I ran as fast as I could, but since the snow was deep and didn't know where I was going, I almost started to think if my life is in danger. Then, I saw the "closed sign" and realized that this particular part of the trail was closed for the season.

Please make sure to follow the map or know which way to go, have enough snack and water and save your phone battery life until you're sure where your car is parked! Whew. It was such an adventurous hike(unexpected) though!

Feb. 13th, sunny skies with wind as usual. No extra traction needed unless you're super uncoordinated. Please pick up and pack out your dog waste, your yellow bag is just as unsightly as a pile of poo.

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2 months ago

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

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2 months 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.

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2 months ago

Morning hike with great views.

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.

3 months ago

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

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3 months 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!

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.

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7 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!

Beautiful area! Nice easy trail until you go past the campground and the Sawmill trail ends. We took a right on Maverick trail and it was uphill with a lot of rocks. When we got to the top of the mountain we took Belcher trail to the upper parking lot. Nice hike!

8 months ago

Great hike!! Beautiful views and the elevation wasn't too tough. The trail was easy to follow and my 7 yr old Akita who has some arthritis in his front leg was able to navigate this trail with little problems!!

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8 months ago

Trailhead includes clean bathrooms and picnic area, along with historical farming equipment and signs explaining their use. Entrance is free, parking is adequate, and foot and bike traffic is low during the week. The first vista at the trailhead includes a rolling meadow and old cabin. Fantastic wildflowers.

9 months ago

Easy, not too much elevation change, a couple of nice views and great wildflowers everywhere.

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9 months ago

This trail is great for a half day trip. Beautiful views, lots of shaded areas, and a beautiful open area towards the end.

Lots of wild flowers, beautiful view...

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9 months ago

Great little hike, perfect for out of town guests you want to show a little of the beauty of Colorado without too much strenuous work!

9 months ago

Rolling hills and conifer forests and even a little creek for dogs. Lovely hike.

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10 months ago

The trail is 5.5 miles, beautiful hike some incline areas but it levels out quickly. We did it in 2 hours and 48 minutes and that was with me having to stop and catch my breath!

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11 months ago

Beautiful views, saw some wildlife, easy hike for all ages!

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