Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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

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

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17 days 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

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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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1 month 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.

1 month 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.

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2 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!

Love it

hiking
2 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!

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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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3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

Morning hike with great views.

4 months ago

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

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4 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.

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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5 months ago

STAY AWAY. The trail is great, it is a moderate trail and well groomed. Don't get turned around or your hike could become very difficult and long. The reason for the 1 star rating are the people. A ridiculous amount of mountain bikers with no manners, by my experience today mountain biking should be outlawed. I took my little dog on a nice pleasant walk, or it was supposed to be. More than once I had to rip my dog from the path so he was not run over by a mountain biker that was riding down the hill with absolutely no control. Also none of the 4 dozen mountain bikers I encountered today gave any warning they were sneaking up behind you. This is a very dangerous walk due to the traffic, again STAY AWAY.

Love the views of some HUGE houses - makes me appreciate how little I need by comparison. Some other great views, too.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, but there were a lot of bikers when I went early in the morning. Super easy hike though!

hiking
8 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!

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of sunshine on this trail. We started early which I'm glad for. There were also quite a few mountain bikers.

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8 months ago

great trail, well maintained. runners and mountain bikers share this trail fyi. dog friendly. def out in the open for quite a bit so wear sunscreen. beautiful views. parking lot is huge. go. :)

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