White Ranch Belcher Hill Trail

Golden, Colorado 80403

White Ranch Belcher Hill Trail

White Ranch: Belcher Hill Trail Professional Guide

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"This most challenging and rocky of the ranch trails offers a great workout and excellent views of the buttes, mountains, plains, and canyon. It starts in a suburban setting that is distracting for the first couple of miles but then opens up to the magic panorama of these high foothills.

You can access easier trails along the way (Whippletree, Longhorn, Maverick, and Sawmill) and make the trek much easier and shorter if you wish. It is popular with very fit mountain bikers and is as wide as the former ranch road it once was."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder (Menasha Ridge Press)
Kim Lipker
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"Belcher Hill is a small part of the 19.7 miles of trails that comprise White Ranch Park. This long, rocky, and very steep trail has great views."

White Ranch: Belcher Hill Trail Trip Reports

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Colorado Hills Trail is more of a walk through ... well ... hills. The walk begins at 107th and Simms, contrary to what the Trail Guide indicates (106th and Simms). The trail begins at one of Westminster's dog parks. This dog park seems to be rather unique in that it has a ton of open space. There is also a small pond at the beginning of the actual trail, where the dogs can play.

At the endpoint of the trail, there is another small body of water, but not anything that I would allow my dog to play in - It is filthy.

The area's battle with draught is really prevalent on this trail as the riverbeds are empty and the ponds are virtually empty. There is a ton of brush with wildflowers growing on the trail, which attracts a ton of bees.

If you make it into the latter potion of the trail, you will experience a slew of locusts! They were *everywhere*.

Overall, the views of Standley Lake and Downtown Denver are really quite impressive. This trail is good for a quick, non technical stroll through the fields, but nothing more.

There is plenty of parking.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
White Ranch Park, Jefferson County Parks
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Jefferson County Parks White Ranch Park; Trails Illustrated Boulder & Golden
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