Walker Ranch Loop Trail

HARD 252 reviews
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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.

hiking
2 days ago

Some snow and ice in the woodsy area and on the top portion of the "stairs" coming up from the creek, but otherwise clear and dry. Hiked on a Weds. October morning...only 1 other person there when I arrived. A peaceful hike.

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trail running
14 days ago

The views are so beautiful! Be sure to wear shoes with lots of ankle support if you’re going running, the trail is rated properly as Hard. The doggo loved it too!

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23 days ago

good trail for hiking and trail running, but I wouldn't bike it unless you are prepared to carry your bike on a few sections of it.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

This is more of an easy nature walk, by no means strenuous. Gradual hills, pretty scenery. I was disappointed due to lack of difficulty so rated less but it's scenic and pleasant. Should be rated easy or very low moderate though. I went clockwise, took about 2 hrs.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

My map my run app had this closer to 9.2 miles from the Ethel Harrold trailhead. Fun and a little challenging hike. Pretty good views as well

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1 month ago

Beautiful scenery at every stage of this trail. I hiked counterclockwise. Mile one was down hill with Mile two being a good ascent. Three and Four were breathtaking and rigorous. The stairs in mile five were a beautiful decent to the river bed. Climbing it was tough but perseverance and a steady pace pays off. Bring plenty of water.