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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.

48 minutes ago

Really well maintained with some cool scenery along the way! Go early before it rains!

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3 days ago

This is a long one! But the views are amazing! Definitely worth the hike!

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11 days ago

Doing the happy dance the entire Loop. Maybe it was the double dose of Whitesnake on the radio as I was pulling in or maybe it was just a perfect CO spring day. You get a little of everything with this hike, the rushing Creek, shady wooded forest, wide expansive views, cool rock formations, even a staircase. Go get some!! About 4 hours w lots of selfie stops and snack breaks. Not hard - really should be rated moderate.

11 days ago

11 days ago

More difficult that it initially seems. The river makes it all worth it though. The stairs are amazing. And watch for the mountain bikers!

12 days ago

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12 days ago

I'd rate this as moderate, not hard as it is classified. You will encounter many many bikes along the hike so forget using headphones so you can stay alert. Very nice loop I'd certainly recommend doing the counter clockwise path as there is a steep section of stairs in the clockwise direction. Great hike took 3 hrs to complete.

12 days ago

Perfect hike little bit of everything.

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19 days ago

took the northeast route and did the full loop
challenging in points and rocky steep terrain. makes you work your way out. saving grace was running into the creek bout half way. dog did great too.