7.7 miles
Distance
1,908 ft
Climb
-1,908 ft
Descent
01:41:45
Avg time

Walker Ranch Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Walker Ranch
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (6 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #13113 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 40 in Trail Running
    • 60 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 mountain bike 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
    01:41:45
  • Avg reverse time
    01:30:35
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Status:
on Jul 2, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.05 (17 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Walker Ranch Loop Trail Reports

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      Jul 2, 2021 @ 10:33am
      Jul 2, 2021
      May 14, 2021 @ 2:42pm
      May 14, 2021
      A few puddles and typical water on last climb (CW), but otherwise dry.
      May 9, 2021 @ 8:14pm
      May 9, 2021
      Few muddy spots but otherwise tacky and gtg
      May 7, 2021 @ 1:00pm
      May 7, 2021
      reporter Variable is the right adjective. It was a little splashy to be hero, but some areas were pretty dry.
      May 7, 2021 @ 12:59pm
      May 7, 2021
      reporter
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 94 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 780 rides
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      Photos

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      Feb 4, 2021 @ 3:00pm
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      Jul 14, 2020 @ 8:58am
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      Jul 14, 2020 @ 8:58am
      Jul 14, 2020
      353 |
      Mar 9, 2019 @ 7:37am
      Mar 9, 2019

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      Trail Products

      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      Sevansam (May 5, 2020 at 19:40)
       Clockwise is much better
      [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
      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]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [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
      [Reply]

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      youtuber Walker Ranch | Boulder, Colorado | May 2017
      664 | May 18, 2017 , Boulder
      youtuber Mountain Biking Walker Ranch | Boulder, Colorado
      6:40 | 929 | Apr 27, 2018 , Boulder
      Short downhill clip
      0:48 | 44 | Sep 26, 2016 , Boulder
      Walker Ranch
      1:34 | 2788 | Dec 1, 2011 , Boulder