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Walker Ranch

Average Rating:    (4.04 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 46

Steep ups and downs. Single track and dirt roads. Local favorite. Very busy on week-ends. Watch out for other trail users.
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Latitude
39.9473846213956
Longitude
-105.3123664855957
Trail Directions
In Boulder go west on Baseline Rd. Turns into Flagstaff Dr. Leaves through Boulder Mt. Parks and past for about 7 mile drive to trail head.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Boulder
   


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Review Date
July 17, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Mik ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Really fun trail through some gorgeous meadows, forests, and canyons. Aerobically speaking, this is certainly a tough ride as there are two climbs in the loop that are each around 700 or 800 feet of elevation gain, and if you ride counter-clockwise they are both very steep and frequently technical. As mentioned a number of times, there is a staircase that should only be ridden if you don't mind replacing your bike and your bones... but outside of that everything is rideable if you're technically savvy.

Recommended Route:
I rode clockwise first and then counter-clockwise the next week, and I've been riding counter-clockwise ever since. Counter-clockwise, the first downhill is super fun, plus the downhill off of the middle climb is through a nice meadow and can be taken with a good amount of speed. The climbs are certainly tougher this direction, both technically and aerobically speaking.

The bottom line: If you like your descents steeper and more technical, go clockwise and hike up the staircase. If you are like me and enjoy higher speed and slightly less technical descents, suck it up on the steep technical climbs and go counter-clockwise, even though you have to use some downhill vertical on the staircase. Totally worth it in my opinion to be able to descend the best parts of this trail.



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Review Date
April 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Soundtallica ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Whew! This is aerobically the toughest Front Range trail from Boulder to Lyons, though Hall Ranch is more technically difficult. Very steep ups and downs throughout this loop, and most of it is rocky and very technical. Not an climb then descend trail, but an up-and-down one (which sucks, I prefer to climb halfway and descend the rest). Had me gasping for air at the end. The views are good though, as at higher elevations you get views of the higher mountains further west and at lower elevations you skirt Boulder Creek. The stairs that require portaging your bike halfway through the loop are, well, interesting and something new for mountain biking. Go counter-clockwise to hike up the stairs instead of down.

Also, stay away from the Meyers Homestead trail, it's a boring 2 mile rocky fire road climb, unless you like that kind of trail.

Overall, a pretty good trail for a massive workout due to its rolling nature and its steep ups and downs. Getting there is a hassle though, due to Flagstaff road.

Recommended Route:
Go counter-clockwise around the loop. It's much easier (and safer) to hike up the steps than down the steps.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hall Ranch, Picture Rock.



Comments
vssystemluba (07/04/2012)
Ride the loop clockwise to hike up the stairs instead of down, if you ride counterclockwise you'll be descending the stairs.
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Review Date
July 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: COTarHeel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm new to the Front Range and am working my way though the local trails and this is my favorite so far.

This nice loop has some sweet downhills, great scenery & views, good technical stuff both up and down, some good steady climbs and a few hardass knots. The last 1.5 miles to the TH going CCW is tough, but my lack of riding in the past 2 years is probably the biggest reason for that.

I was eager to see this "portage" I had heard so much about and it lived up to the reputation. Heck, hiking down with one hand occupied with a bike was kinda difficult. I would be shocked if someone could ride it all, though I guess it's possible. But even if you thought you could, why would you? Looks like it'd be a ball-buster and nowhere near fun enough to be worth the risk. I think the "Bikes Dismount" signs make some want to think/say it isn't necessary, but I digress...

Bottom line: It's a fun ride with a little bit of everything (except big hit stuff) complete with gorgeous views.

Recommended Route:
Looks like it'd be good either direction. I rode counter-clockwise after reading on these interwebs and it looked like I was the only SOB riding that way! No regrets though; can't wait to try it clockwise too.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There's other MTB trials in Boulder?!!?!



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Review Date
June 23, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: abenz1980 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
flowy downhills, amazing scenery near boulder creek, some challenging climbs, and a carry your bike down stairs section that is unrideable unless you have a death wish. Im an intermediate rider with an obsession with technical trails. This trail is mostly flowy with avoidable obstacles and nice singletrack. There are quite a few fun sections to stop and session. One in particular through me over the bars at the bottom! Ouch! You will know the section as the trail splits off into " Less technical and more technical" route. The counterclockwise route will start with a good downhill, then begin a climb once at the bottom of the canyon. I have a 30pd specialized enduro and was able to climb everything until the final 1.5 miles. It became quite steep in some sections that had me walking up.

Recommended Route:

Rode counter clockwise which was amazing until the last 1.5 miles of the 7.5 mile route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hall ranch, White ranch, Red rocks, dakota ridge



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Review Date
June 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: endo-boy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Excellent trail, has been recently improved with better parking, outhouse, and connector trails that allow you to link the loop to the out and back up north. Total length is now probably more than 10 miles. I wish they would open up the Eldo connector, but this is Boulder and they hate mountain bikes for some reason. One great thing about this trail is that you will pass at least two sources of running water, so dunk the knuts, cool off, and continue riding on those hot days. I wish this was a 10 point system, because I would give it a 9, not a 10.

Recommended Route:
I prefer to travel counter clockwise, the descent from the upper parking lot is great, with several small to medium hits. Cross the stream, follow the creek, cross the bridge and crank back up. I really enjoy the meadow descent. I dont mind carrying my bike down the steps, as the trail flows so much better in that direction that its worth it. Once you get back to the parking lot, find the connector trail and take that to the North and complete the out and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hall, white ranch



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