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.

Beautiful fall colors on the traIl today!

hiking
16 days ago

Good hike very close to the city. 3 stars for the views of Ralston Bluffs.

Lots of mountain bikers. Huge amounts in the afternoon. Most were cool but Was startled many times by them others racing by with little notice or heads up around blind corners on steep portions of trial.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail, moderate traffic during the week. Good short workout.

1 month ago

Got there this morning at 9 am, parking lot almost full. Went clockwise on the trail, glad we did since we spent the hotter part of the day more in the shade. Good variety in scenery (open fields, forest, view of downtown and golden). Great hike for the pups. Mostly empty a few other hikers and bikers. Would definitely recommend and do again!

Great view and well maintained trails. But there were groups of rude mountain bikers, which is unusual. Most mountain bikers in other trails have been so nice and courteous. Trail is narrow, and they rode without slowing down. one after another. We had to climb up side of the narrow trail so that they would not hit us.
It was a beautiful sunny yet cool day. I noticed my dog was seeking for shady areas constantly. And I got the worst sun poisoning when we got home. Do not forget bringing a lot of water!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Ideal if you have dogs and can share the trail with a few bikers. Was looking for a loop for my two pups and I, somewhere not too steep or rocky with some shady spots. Arrived at 10:30 and it was perfect. There’s also a bathroom and trash can maybe 1/3 of the way in (clockwise) if you fork off to Waterhole that I appreciated very much.

Beautiful views and not over challenging for someone fairly new to hiking. I felt like I accomplished something without killing myself.

hiking
2 months ago

Real nice hike. It was surprisingly empty for a Sunday, but that’s probably on account of the rain clouds that eventually opened up. Nice ups and downs for a quick Sunday hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice easy hike with some great views.

Great! New favorite.

Beautiful views. Just enough up and downs, shade and open space to keep the hike interesting and fun! The trail is marked well, which helps, since there are many other trails that interweave with this Rawhide trail.
We started our hike at 9 am on a Friday and ended around 12 noon with some decent breaks.
There are some benches along the way to rest.
Scenaries of distant lakes and rolling hills are spectacular.
Lots of beautiful wild flowers, butterflies, dragon flies and honeybees.
Shared the trail with a few friendly cyclists (on mountain bikes).
Very few hikers.
Had a great time.
I'd recommend this trail for our-of-town guests.
Enjoy!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. Moderate. You will see snakes. Be careful. Lots of mountain bikers too. Be aware of your surroundings, share the trail and you will do fine.

on Rawhide Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Just enough up an down for a good hike - though I'm pretty sure, going counter-clockwise, there was more up than down - not sure how that happens. Beautiful views. Early in the am not too many others out there with me and the pups. Enough shade and sun to give us a wonderful walk through trees and meadow.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail - variety of terrain. Gorgeous views of the Denver skyline, South Table Mountain from the east side of the trail. We hiked to the Sourdough campground the first day via the West side of the loop, stayed overnight, and backpacked out around the North and East side of the loop the next day. Please note that the mileage estimation is off for this trail - AllTrails "redline" shows a direct route for the last 1-1.5 that no longer exists (trail closed). You must follow the Rawhide trail through the switchbacks to get back to the parking lot. I have suggested a trail edit to include this finding. Our total mileage was closer to 5.3 miles than 4.5 miles.

Great hike, went with my 11 year old and completed it in two hours. Saw wildflowers, deer, snakes, rabbits and plenty of birds. Views of the lake and downtown were among the highlights.

hiking
3 months ago

Spectacular views! Started at the West parking lot at 9:15 am. Still a few spots left. Went left (clockwise) on Rawhide. Starts off easy and the trail is wide. Eventually there are some steeper and rockier sections that I think give it the moderate rating. I chose to add on a little extra and did Longhorn to Maverick to Sawmill too for a 7.8 mile total loop. Was the perfect length. Only encountered 1 biker and 5 hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike yesterday, 7/4/18. Nice hike with beautiful rolling hills. We went clockwise on the trail, and the first mile or so was pretty flat. There are a few uphill areas after that, but everything was easily doable. We saw quite a few families with little kids on the trail. You might want to get to the trailhead early; the parking lot isn't very big.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice leisurely stroll with a few uphills. We went clockwise. First mile was a maintenance road

Well marked loop with great views!

hiking
3 months ago

Great views. Lots of bikers. Watch out for bikers they need bells or something because they fly up on you fast.

Can be very crowded with lots of bikes. Not good for dogs

4 months ago

Brought family of all ages (from 3-63), and enjoyed this trail very much. Nothing too steep, saw some bugs, snakes and a deer from far away. Get there early, as not a ton of parking.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is dry and good to go. There's not much shade for most of it, so be prepared for the sun and the heat. Only saw a few other hikers on a Saturday morning, but saw plenty of mountain bikers. The views of the valley and surrounding foothills are gorgeous. Definitely a little front range gem, but probably best done in the cooler months or early in the morning.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice, pretty easy and straightforward hike. Highly recommend going during the week for some solitude. I went counterclockwise on the All Trails map and I had no problems.

4 months ago

Went on a Sunday evening.. saw a bear, deer, a fox, and no people :). It was a really pretty and easy hike with city and mountain views. The last part of the trail (if you hike clockwise) on alltrails is a bit off (it is correct on the alltrails map, but the red line showing you where to go is off). Just keep following the signs and you'll be fine. It is well marked.

Nice hike close to town. Lots of hikers, lots of dogs, lots of bikes.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a solid hike close to Denver. Did this with a group of people of all ages. You will cross a few small creeks here and there. There are some nice scenes walking around, and can see Denver too without it being noisy.

We saw people on horses, and bikes. You can also camp there !

I like how there are multiple trails in this area because it allows you to go on lots of different hikes. We did the Longhorn to Maverick trail and came back on the Mustang trail. It goes up pretty quickly in some areas. Expect snow at the top in mid April. Some people are assholes and didn't clean up after their dogs on the trail, which is why I gave 4 stars.

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