Walker Ranch

4.26 out of 5
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↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
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About this trail
Single and double track, loop, variable terrain, cliff conditions so you need to dismount in one spot. Fast changing weather. Occasional joggers + horses. Average Ride under 2 hours. Is a great ride in either direction.
added by Guest November 21, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (38)

June 4, 2014
Review: Fun and challenging. This trail kept me breathing hard or grinnning all the way through. The hike down to the river mid-way is awesome as well!

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July 6, 2013
Review: One of my favorite Front Range trails. There's a lot of debate on whether you CW or CCW. Hard to say but either way give you a great ride. It kind of boils down to would you rather take the dirt road up or down and would you rather hike up stairs or down. I personally like to hike down the stairs and go up the dirt road, so I go CCW. To me, it's more enjoyable this way because I like the last section of tight switchbacks coming up. Either way, there are some great downhill sections here that are tight and fast. Lots of little technical spots to test you as well. Only 8 miles round trip but you will be spent when you get done. Doable in about 1.5 hours if you haul. Not sure why a previous poster complained about the hiking. The only time I have to hike is if I'm gassed.

Similar Trail: Hall Ranch

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July 3, 2013
Review: In true Colorado fashion this trail consists of long uphills and long downhills. Clockwise I would say after a short climb the first 1/4 is tight and fast downhill singletrack through trees with some fire road. The next 1/4 is all technical (but doable!) uphill, and includes a hike-a-bike section of steep stairs. The next 1/4 is a premium downhill section that is wide with plenty of roots and large rocks to keep you on your toes. The final 1/4 is all sandy uphill that will sap your remaining energy. This trail will challenge you both technically and physically, but it was built with cyclists in mind so everything is rideable (except the stairs). I would not recommend this one for beginners.

Similar Trail: Heil Valley

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May 6, 2013
Review: 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.

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July 27, 2014
Review: Sounds like you just got above your head, sweet trail

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April 7, 2013
Review: Great scenery, varied terrain. Good workout.

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October 14, 2012
Review: I did this trail clockwise which I think is probably the way to go. Great winding downhill just after the start. Cross the creek which is amazingly beautiful. Hike up some steep stairs, remount bike and gain about 1000' in elevation. Followed by another rocket ride downhill. Finish we a descent climb from the creek. As my friend visiting from NH said "it's like riding in a Western movie" Beautiful, awesome run ride!!!!

* Review edited 10/14/2012

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September 26, 2012
Review: Not sure if there's a wrong or right direction to ride this. This was my first time and I went CW. I think the downhills were steeper going CW and the uphills a little more gradual (I may be wrong on this). I will try it CCW next time. Climbing the stairs is probably a little harder than descending them. But if you live in the area you should probably ride it both ways. I'm glad it wasn't hot when I did it. This would be a lot harder in the summer during midday. Definitely a beautiful ride with a lot of smooth singletrack but there's also some doubletrack and dirt/gravel road.

Similar Trail: Betasso

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August 20, 2012
Review: Rode this the wrong way. We went clock-wise and should have gone counter. This was technically challenging but fun and a gut buster at times. Be prepared to hike either up or down a long set of stairs about half way. Good trail to try out your technical skills.

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July 28, 2012
Review: Trail is in great shape. Just did the super walker loop. I like riding clockwise best and climbing the stairs. I am a massochist so the climbing suits me. I recommend this to everyone as a must ride.

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October 24, 2011
Review: Pretty easy single track with the exception of the massive staircase that is a definite hike-a-bike unless you're out of your mind and want to try it.

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Walker Ranch MTB Trail 4.26 out of 5 based on 38 ratings. 38 user reviews.
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