White Ranch

Golden, Colorado 80402

White Ranch

White Ranch Professional Review and Guide

"Just about everyone knows about the single tracking attributes of White Ranch Park- sweeping views of the plains, generally smooth trail surface, lots of steps and low gear climbing.

The route chosen here is representative of the more moderate trail choices found within the park. With the many trails available, you can mix and match the trails that suit your distance and climbing desires. Terrain: Dusty hardpack, short rocky sections, waterbars and steps, some road."

More White Ranch Professional Reviews and Guides

"A nice hike up Belcher Hill in the White Ranch Open Space Park presents great views east to Denver and north along the foothills."

"Just northwest of Golden, White Ranch Park offers 18 miles of multiuse trails, many of which connect to form a variety of loops. The large ranch is home to several species of wildlife including elk, deer, mountain lions, bears, wild turkeys, and bobcats.

This eastern-facing area is ideal for early morning hikes that come standard with great wildlife viewing and fantabulous sunrises. As with most Front Range hikes, White Ranch affords expansive views of some of the state’s best vistas of the eastern plains."

"The western access to White Ranch is peaceful and bucolic. Soft, rounded hills, stately foothills, and the buttes in the distance make this a rural rather than suburban entry point.

There are two picnic tables 100 yards from the parking lot, and many of the trail options are mellow. This trailhead is 1400 feet higher than the east access, so you can more easily limit your level of exertion versus scenic density if you so desire."

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5/29/2011
Great Family Hike... took the approx. 4.5 mile Rawhide loop north from the West main parking lot.
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5/9/2010
Great early season hiking/camping/picnic area close to the city. We went around the Rawhide Trail to the north which has a nice view at the north-most point. The southern trails seems very busy.
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9/10/2009
Good ride, very technical but can be accomplished by intermediate to expert riders. I do not like trails.com, I would recommend singletrack.com for better reviews of this trail.
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5/31/2007
Not a bad little trail, with nice views of the front range. Lots of mountain bikers on the first part, which was actually pretty annoying because a lot of them weren't yielding to hikers. The hike is well surrounded by sprawl, too, but it's still pretty. A good weeknight hike, but I'd go farther from the city on a weekend unless you aren't bothered by hiking around homes.
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6/12/2006
We went for a morning hike and were pleasantly surprised to find a nice trail, close enough to Denver, but yet with so much of the feel of real mountain. As with any other Denver trail, I would start early, as it gets crowded by bikers and horses after mid morning.
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6/28/2005
nice easy hike close to Golden and Heritage Park. The first part of the trail is close to a small running creek so you may see a snake or two during the hike (we did). Also watch out for mountain bikes moving fast down the trail.
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6/24/2005
Nice trail with wild flowers and wildlife,(elk and deer). The area called Enchanted Forest is appropriately named...absolutely beautiful. I imagine on a weekend, it could get crowded with bikes...which might present a problem because the trail is narrow at places.
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4/10/2001
The White Ranch loop as described in many of the Front Range trail books is an enjoyable ride. The climb from the parking lot is long but manageable. THe real fun begins with the last half of the climb and the rewards found at the top. I take exception with the suggestion that this is a particularly technical ride. I do not feel anyone with a moderate amount of experience should shy away from this trail on the basis of supposed technical challenge. Nothing here is unachievable. I look forward to exploring more of the area.
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Trail Information

Golden
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
9.5
Distance
1,170 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate
Physical Difficulty
Moderate
Skill Level
7,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,850 feet
Top Elevation

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Oct 2018