10.7 miles
2,465 ft
-2,472 ft
1 mile
High Point

This is an advanced ride, due to steep climbs and lots (and lots and lots) of rocks.

Walker Ranch can be ridden as a loop (jury is still out on preferred direction but clockwise might have a slight lead) but many ride it as an out and back to skip the hike-a-bike section. This ride starts at the Meyers Gulch trailhead, which give you a warm up on the Josie Heath trail before hitting the main Walker Ranch area. You'll descend from the parking lot, cross Flagstaff road, then climb up to the Walker parking lot. From there you have a fun 1 mile descent to the creek, but keep in mind this is a heavily hiked area After the creek there's a big climb to the Crescent Meadows parking lot. Then another fun descent and little climb to the stairs. If you do decide to hike down the stairs, know that the biggest, steepest climb on the Walker Ranch loop lies ahead. If this doesn't sound fun, then point your bike in the other direction and retrace your steps.

Another option to add more miles without the hike a-bike-section is to to start from the Ethel Harrold trailhead.

Detailed Description
Walker Out-and-Back to Stairs is a 17262 popular expert route located near Boulder Colorado. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 751.4 with a max elevation of 2242.8 then descends -753.4.
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More Stats for Walker Out-and-Back to Stairs mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,620 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,358 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,352 ft
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    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,209 ft
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Walker Ranch - Boulder - Colorado -...
Walker Ranch - Boulder - Colorado - Specialized Status
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Short downhill clip
Short downhill clip
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Sep 26, 2016
This was John Feeney riding down clockwise on the walker ranch loop.

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