Walker Ranch

Boulder County, Colorado

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Walker Ranch is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 7.8 miles long and begins at 7,227 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,167 feet.
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Walker Ranch is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 7.8 miles long and begins at 7,227 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,167 feet. This trail connects with the following: Meyer Walker Connector and Eldorado Canyon Spur.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Boulder County
Distance: 7.8
Elevation Gain: 2,167 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 7,227 feet
Top Elevation: 7,343 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Walker Ranch
Elevation Min/Max: 6438/7343 ft
Elevation Start/End: 7227/7227 ft

Walker Ranch Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a truly mellow family trail that climbs gradually to a sweeping overview of Boulder Canyon, with the Indian Peaks in the distance. You will immediately enjoy grassy, rolling meadows, wildflowers, and stately stands of aspen and pine.

Any round-trip distance on this trail is worthwhile. It is generally an easy doubletrack mountain biking trail, with only a few steep climbs. It commemorates homesteaders Walker and Meyers, who settled here in the 1800s."

"Although this ride is relatively short, it has lots of steep climbing and terrain designed for the gonzo rider. This loop is not for wimps- it has loose, tight switchbacks and large rocks where you will hike your bike. Several sections are extremely hazardous and require technical hiking with your bike.

Because of the high pressure put on this outstanding trail, this ride is best enjoyed during off-peak times. Also, don't forget to field to hikers and horses- mountain bikers don't own the park! Terrain: Loose hardpack, sometimes sandy; difficult rocks."

"Walker Ranch has two popular hikes, and Meyers Homestead Trail is definitely the laidback sibling of the Walker Ranch Loop. This peaceful hike travels along a spacious fire road through aspens, meadows, and ponderosas.

It even travels back in time, passing by an old homestead. A jogging stroller glides right along and gives Mom and Dad quite a workout, thanks to a gradual climb that gets the blood flowing."

"This popular hike leads around the old homestead of James Walker. Beautiful views, excellent wildflowers, and good fishing along South Boulder Creek are the main attractions on this hike. Fly fishing is excellent along several sections of South Boulder Creek."

"This ride is the easiest within Boulder County's Walker Ranch and is a great evening outing. It is a short up and back ride, designed for those souls more into scenery than technical riding or for those riders looking for a quick, light workout.

The overlook from the top is outstanding- plan on spending some time on top. There is a great temptation to "let it rip" on the way back, but please stay in control, since this trail, like most within the park, is heavily traveled by all model of locomotion. Terrain: Sandy hardpack, waterbars."

"The Walker Ranch Loop trail is the longest trail in Boulder County’s Walker Ranch Open Space, which has 3,616 acres of meadows, mountainous terrain, and riparian habitat, with South Boulder Creek ?owing through its southern sections. It’s a beautiful setting with excellent trails for hikers, anglers, and other recreationists.

On hot days, you can dip your feet into the cool, sparkling waters of the creek, picnic along its rocky banks, or walk amongst wild?owers, taking in views of the Indian Peaks to
the west and the Plains to the east. The Loop trail winds in and out of forest, along the creek, and up and down ridges to provide a hike that is full of variety and a nice level of physical challenge. You won’t be bored!"

"This popular multiuse trail travels over moderate elevation change and through wide, open valleys and dense woods, and moseys along a rushing creek. It’s a wonderfully maintained trail, perfect for all abilities. The area is offset far enough from Boulder to feel isolated, but its proximity makes it a favorite among the city’s flourishing outdoor community.

From the trailhead, we are immediately led southwest on the wide South Boulder Creek Trail. The trail makes one long switchback past an abrupt column of rock formations as it heads south through sweeping grasses, yucca, and cacti. Spacious views, in large part due to the 1000-acre Eldorado Fire in 2000, expose an eastern glance to the backs of Boulder’s signature Flatirons and the rolling green hills of ponderosa pine that lead west. The path descends quickly past an array of informational signs concerning the flora and fauna of the area, as well as a detailed explanation of the fire that created the scraggly reminders of a once resplendent forest."

"The Walker Ranch Loop is a popular ride among Boulder mountain bikers. Its initial singletrack descent to South Boulder Creek is awesome. During the spring thaw, South Boulder Creek is an impressive torrent of white water, an exhilarating sound to hear while riding along its banks.

This ride weaves in and out of mixed conifer forests and offers a number of rockier singletrack sections. There is one section of the trail that requires you to portage down a steep cliff, a section that some area riders consider the Walker Ranch Loop’s best and worst feature. Mountain lions have been spotted in the area, so pay attention to the mountain lion warning signs. Terrain: Singletrack with patches of rocks and sand; improved dirt road."

"This popular hike leads around the old homestead of James Walker. Beautiful views, excellent wildflowers, and good fishing along South Boulder Creek are the main attractions on this hike. Fly fishing is excellent along several sections of South Boulder Creek.

From the trailhead, go through the gate and begin a nice descent to South Boulder Creek. The Walker Ranch Loop Trail follows an old road and passes several rock formations on the right. At the bottom of the hill, cross a small stream and then go right along beautiful South Boulder Creek.

The trail goes upstream to a bridge. Cross the bridge and go left up the steep hill. Crest the steep part of the hill, where the trail bends to the right, and enjoy excellent views to the west. This trail is extremely popular with mountain bikers, so be aware of their presence, especially on weekends."

"Great riding with easy access from Boulder. Beautiful views of Eldorado State Park and the Indian Peaks. Tread: 3.5 miles on doubletrack and 3.9 miles on singletrack."

"The Walker Ranch Loop is a popular ride among Boulder mountain bikers. Its initial singletrack descent to South Boulder Creek is amazing. During the spring thaw, South Boulder Creek is an impressive torrent of white water- an exhilarating sound to hear while riding along its banks. This ride weaves in and out of mixed conifer forests and offers a number of rocky singletrack sections.

There is one section of the trail that requires you to portage down a steep cliff section- a section which some area riders consider the Walker Ranch Loop's best or worst feature. Mountain lions have been spotted in the area, so pay attention to the mountain lion warning signs. Terrain: Singletrack with patches of rocks and sand; improved dirt road."

Recent Trail Reviews

9/9/2009
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Fantastic loop, that can be taken both Clockwise and Counter. I prefer to ride it counter, which 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. Once at the top, you enter an open spot, with a parking lot, this is where the real fun starts!!.. 2 miles of the best downhill you will ever ride!.. you are gonna want to ride this trail again just for this downhill section. This is followed by a short portage down some very steep steps, followed by another moderate climb back to the trail head. www.mountainbikemayhem.com Ride Safe


6/29/2009
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Great Ride! Some serious up hill and some great technical downs.... not a beginner trail


7/19/2008
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7/4/2008
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Beautiful country, varied terrain, very well maintained trail. There is one steep section that has built in steps, that descends to the river. It took us closer to 4 hours to walk with a short lunch break. The trail was not that crowded even though it was a holiday weekend. The wild flowers were great.


11/14/2006
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Marshall Mesa is a great running trail especially with the recent addition of single track on the lower northwest section.



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