7.7 miles
Distance
1,908 ft
Climb
-1,908 ft
Descent
01:39:27
Avg time

Walker Ranch Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Walker Ranch
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (7 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #11418 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #7929 in Trail Running
    • #4385 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Boulder County Parks & Open Space

A ride with some of the more rewarding descents in the area although be prepared to work for them. Walker Ranch is most notable for fast loose descents followed by steep leg and lung busting climbs. Be prepared for a mandatory hike-a-bike section as the trail heads down to South Boulder Creek.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Walker Ranch Loop multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    0 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,443 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,340 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,224 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,223 ft
  • Grade
    -0.001%
  • Grade max
    -59.393%
  • Grade min
    36.269%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,868 ft
  • Avg time
    01:39:27
  • Avg reverse time
    01:41:35
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Status:
on Jun 6, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.05 (19 votes)
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 98 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,112 rides
      • Last: Aug 18, 2022

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      Routes with this trail

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      Walker Out-and-Back to Stairs featured11 miles
      No Walker Walker featured15 miles
      Super Walker via Chapman (aka Dirty Super Walker)29 miles

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      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      sfgerald (Aug 26, 2021 at 8:01)
      I took a left at the start, meaning I climbed the stairs. I do not think this is the best way. If you like loose switchbacks and super techy climbing I suggest you go this way (left at the start). If you like rocky rooty steep (but not that steep) descents, don't mind walking down some stairs I would suggest right at the start.

      The best option is probably right at the start, ride to where the stairs start and turn around. This is how I will ride this trail next time.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      waht4 (Oct 20, 2020 at 18:33)
      The correct answer is to descend the east side from the lot to the end of the singletrack, climb back up, swap bottles at the lot, descend the west to the stairs, turnaround and head back up. 13.8 miles and 2800ft. of elevation
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      • + 1
      gregs22 (Oct 6, 2020 at 7:32)
      Mostly intermediate trail with a few chunky rock sections that will challenge expert riders to choose the right line, up or down. Boulder has done a ton of work on this trail (especially on the east side) with multiple re-routes and stair work since 2015. I used to like either direction but now (2020) I prefer CW with all the new singletrack and re-routes on the East side.
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      • + 2
      Timmypoot73 (Aug 22, 2020 at 12:26)
      If you want the best of downhills and less technical, but still challenging uphills, clockwise is the way. Much more fun in my opinion.
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      • + 1
      Pcueto3 (Jul 14, 2020 at 9:03)
      It’s simple...
      Clockwise: More fun descending with some cool uphill steps (You will be climbing the stairs).
      Counter clockwise: More technical uphill, simple descent (walking down the stairs).
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      beubeux (May 7, 2020 at 15:35)
      The loop is great in both directions which also makes climbing challenging in both directions. The hike-a-bike is very tough, long and steep, be prepared.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Sevansam (May 5, 2020 at 19:40)
      Clockwise is much better
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      youtuber Walker Ranch | Boulder, Colorado | May 2017
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      youtuber Mountain Biking Walker Ranch | Boulder, Colorado
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