White Ranch Loop

MODERATE 162 reviews

White Ranch Loop is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
938 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
21 days ago

Nice hike. Moderate. You will see snakes. Be careful. Lots of mountain bikers too. Be aware of your surroundings, share the trail and you will do fine.

1 month ago

Great hike, went with my 11 year old and completed it in two hours. Saw wildflowers, deer, snakes, rabbits and plenty of birds. Views of the lake and downtown were among the highlights.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Lots of bikers. Watch out for bikers they need bells or something because they fly up on you fast.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Nice hike close to town. Lots of hikers, lots of dogs, lots of bikes.

hiking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Easy trail with some good views of Denver

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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!

hiking
5 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!

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 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. :)

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Caught it during a foggy drizzle my first time here, and it was breathtaking. Definitely bring sunscreen.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

The hike is pretty easy, decent views, but the patrollers on the trail are really strict when it comes to dogs off leash- even if on voice command. It's pretty heavily trafficked by Mtn bikers and guided horse tours. Decent during off days, but so many other enjoyable hikes near by.

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Muddy but good easy hike!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Fun

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Overall great hike. Took a little over 2 hours. Definitely more moderate to high level difficulty in some places. Beautiful views of Denver as you get to the top. Only negative, there was a lot of bike traffic.

hiking
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Nice couple hour hike.

trail running
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Decent enough in summer, looking forward to seeing it in spring.

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

Took our kids from the parking lot onto the a longhorn trail then Maverick then back by way of Sawmill. It was about a 2.5+/- mile trip with 6 kids ages 4-10yrs. It was a great hike, not too difficult for anyone. A few steep parts but no more than 10yards in distance so it wasn't "constant climbing". Tons of flowers, conifers, and beautiful views of both the valley below and surrounding mountains. Great trip!

horseback riding
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Thousand foot elevation gain or more in the first 2 miles. Rocky narrow trails some tricky areas for horses in steep terrain. Many mountain bikes beautiful views, varied ecological systems to go through. I am rating the whole White Ranch trail system. Many trails bicycles are polite. Shoes a must. Upper parking lot avoids steep hot dry ROCKY acent .

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

We took the Belcher Trail the whole way, and it was tough but worth it. Great views, not too crazy busy, and lots of trail options. I'd really like to come back and do the backpacking/camping options in the White Ranch Open Space. Nice trailhead parking lot, make sure to grab a map.

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

White Ranch has a nice selection of trails and this day I chose the 5+ mile Rawhide Trail. The valleys, wild flowers and birds of many species are beautiful. You make a long loop so the scenery is constantly changing. I loved it!

Monday, July 11, 2016

There were a ton of mountaim bikers - all super nice and easy going, but we had to get out of the way a lot. At times you couldn't see/hear a biker coming around the corner which made for some close calls.

Otherwise it's a nice hike. It has some great views at the top, but not a good place to stand if you want to lookout but not be in the way.

My favorite part was a quiet little bench close to the beginning that was tucked away in the shade...right next to some running water. We finished our hike by sitting here and sharing a pear...very cool and relaxing!

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