Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Well market trail with great views. Straight up hill for most of it with rocks and steps good workout. Today was not crowded. Others have commented about the mountain bikes I did not have an issue they were polite and thanked everyone for moving over and would tell us if there was another bike behind them. I found the hike a challenge but enjoyed it and would do it again.

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1 month ago

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1 month 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.

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
2 months ago

Very fun, beautiful views. Not hard.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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3 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
3 months ago

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

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.

on Belcher Hill Trail

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice time. Lots of bikes and every one is nice. Beautiful wild flowers today.

Great trail. A lot of just up or down, very little consistant walking. Easy walk but a lot of incline. This was a first hike of the season and had new hikers from out of town. Definitely easy but more aerobic for those who are more out of shape.

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4 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 trail for bikers some good mechanical stuff in the beginning and gnarly.

Easy trail with some good views of Denver

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
5 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
5 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!

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5 months ago

Very peaceful trail. Low to no traffic. Easy terrain through and through.

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5 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

hiking
6 months ago

Fun, scenic hike where you will see hikers, bikers and people on horseback. We are beginner hikers and the incline was pretty challenging but doable - even with a 20 lb baby on your back. Super close to downtown Golden for a bite after you’re finished!

hiking
6 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!

hiking
6 months ago

I did this trail along with Belcher Hill trail. 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!

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!

hiking
7 months ago

So... many... bikers... and the trail was so-so

hiking
8 months 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.

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