White Ranch Loop

MODERATE 129 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
938 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
18 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

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!

5 months ago

hiking
7 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
7 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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
11 months ago

Muddy but good easy hike!

11 months ago

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!

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nice easy trail – did the Belcher to Longhorn to Whippletree and back out via Belcher loop.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Started in lower lot which was a harder climb but pretty trails. Lots of mountain bikes and trail runners. If you start at upper lot, it's flatter and less difficult.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

You'll enjoy this trail! We arrived at the trailhead at about 7:30 in the morning on a Saturday. There were already about eight cars in the lot. As you cross under the White Ranch sign, you'll pass over a paved private drive to a gate that can be confusing because it makes reference to "private property." Rest assured, this is the direction you want to take. The first third mile of the trail is a nice "warm-up" for what lies ahead. You might begin to wonder why the trail is rated "moderate" until you cross over the pedestrian footbridge. There is a nice creek running beneath the footbridge where your four legged friends can get a drink before heading up the long, steady incline. It's at the footbridge where you'll begin to understand why the trail is rated moderate. I found the trail to be a combination of fine sand, silt, exposed rock and loose rubble. Be ready for surfaces. The scenery is nice and the trail is easy enough for you to take you head up and enjoy the high mountain views. This trail is heavily used by cyclists, but everyone we can across was very friendly. We also passed a horseback party of five. Deer are not uncommon to see. I'm old and in average shape and was able to maintain a 2 mile hour pace.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Excellent trail. Been riding, running and hiking it for over a year.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Beautiful views.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

Kinda MEH! Took the Belcher to Maverick and down Longhorn trail which climbs up again at the end to meet Belcher again. Not difficult trail. Views are just meh imho. Overall I found it a boring trail and gets very hot on a sunny day. Saw herd of deer and grouse.

hiking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Fun hike.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Great trail! My 7 year old and I did this trail today. It was pretty steep and rocky in areas. We did the loop where we cut over on Longhorn, then Whippletree and back down. Great views. Overall, good trail. Quite a few hikers, horses and bikers. I prefer trails with no bikes however.

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