May 6, 2013
too much hiking for what it offers.
If you ride it clockwise, you basically have the super steep/tight switchbacks through the forest, a super loose fireroad descent that does everything it can to wash out your front, followed by a 1000' of hike-a-bike, then more climbing, more hike-a-bike, then fairly technical, super steep descents and more climbing.
Clockwise has a fun initial descent, followed by TONS of climbing in technical areas, super loose rocks. a 1000' hike-a-bike descent (very sketchy), a long climb up a super loose, rocky fire road, a long climb up tight switch backs in the forest.
maybe it's b/c i'm new and riding this trail on a 4' travel xc bike, but this isn't my idea of fun.
I just spend way too much time hiking for what it's worth--especially if you ride up flagstaff and superflag to get to walker.
maybe if they opened the connector from eldorado springs so people had more options and routes they could take from walker.
IMHO, Betasso preserve kicks the shit out walker ranch in terms of pure fun and flow.
The scenery is drop dead gorgeous, but you're going to crash on this trail if you spend too much time gazing off into the scenery.