Walker Ranch Loop Trail

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Walker Ranch Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1938 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Walker Ranch is a fantastic loop, that can be taken both clockwise and counter. Going counter clockwise starts you off on a fantastic downhill, just be careful for walkers & dogs. Once at the bottom, you will start a moderate but tiring climb that eventually opens up at the top into an area with a parking lot, which is where the real fun starts! From this point you will experience what some would argue is 2 miles of the best downhill you will ever ride. This is followed by a short portage down some very steep steps, followed by another moderate climb back to the trail head. If you still need more, just turn around and start again, going the opposite direction, because by now you know the climb you did through the forest at the end of the ride back is gonna be some great downhill.

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12 days ago

Pretty awesome day hiking with friends. The trail had a few hills nothing too crazy

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15 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail, not too difficult but definitely a workout! Recommend going counterclockwise and starting early to avoid the heat.

17 days ago

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18 days ago

Beautiful hike that gives you open expansive views of the foothills, mountains, and eldorado canyon then dipping down into the forest and walking along an awesome river. It's got steady ups and downs either way you go but I'd say counter clockwise (starting loop headed downhill to the right) is the better route since the last uphill coming back is in the shade as opposed to in the sun.

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20 days ago

Great trail! Not much flat ground - long downhills and uphills. Go counter-clockwise so you're not doing the final uphill exposed to the sun. Get there early to snag parking. Pass the "Walker Ranch Meyers Homestead Trailhead" lot to get to the Walker Loop Trailhead lot. If you park at the Meyers Homestead Trailhead, you can still get to the Walker Ranch Loop, it just adds 2.2 miles to your hike.

20 days ago

Great manicured trail with excellent views. Varied terrain that offers up a solid workout. 7.5 miles on the dot, 3 hour hike with a couple snack and water breaks at the creek.

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