Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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.

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
8 days 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.

hiking
10 days ago

12 days 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
19 days 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 !

hiking
25 days ago

A beautiful trail that’s close to home for me. A detour (not sure how recent) adds about .7 mile to the total distance. You’re exposed about half the time, so bring enough water on a hot day. Bikers were friendly, and overall the trail was pretty dead on a Friday afternoon!

hiking
25 days ago

Overcast afternoon, 54 degrees, almost no one out. Great hike, very quiet and easy to hear the forest

on Belcher Hill Trail

hiking
26 days 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
26 days ago

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

hiking
27 days ago

Good hiking here & many other trails to connect to, to make your hike as long or short as you want. Enjoyed the solitude on a Wednesday afternoon, otherwise it's usually more crowded on the weekends. Close to home for me, so it's a go to spot if I'm crunched for time.

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.

nature trips
1 month ago

Google maps took us to another trail head than what is suggested on this trail. We ended up starting at the other end of Belcher Hill Trail.

It’s a beautiful trail; we did it today with our 1 year old daughter - she loved all the wildflowers and birds. Lots of birds and green on the trail. As it was rainy for a couple of days - there are wide muddy areas on the trail - had to be careful not to slip on the mud. Saw 3 people slip on our short trip. There are so many options to go about the trail - long or short - Will definitely go back later this year.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Wonderful views. Crazy muddy though. Incredibly slippery. The dog and shoes were covered in mud by the end.

Awesome meadows. Mountain views. Lightly trafficked by other hikers. Some mountain bikers but not too many. Spotted lots of deer. Easy parking

It was great. Easy to moderate. Beautiful and easy to get to

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

First half is dry and ashy like a fire once burned there but the other half is lush and green like fairies live there ;)

Easy trail with some good views of Denver

hiking
1 month ago

Really cool geology and views. We got there around 8:30a.m. and were one of two cars in the parking lot. We left around 11a.m. and the lot was full. Even for being there as early as we were, we saw tons of mountain bikers. We also saw a rattle snake and a dusky grouse! Overall, it’s a nice hike.

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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 months 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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