Walker Ranch

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7
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Doubletrack
↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
5,671
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Trail Description
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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Granny Gear

September 23, 2016
 
Review: Go left at the trail head (clockwise)... Way more DH.. You carry your bike up the stairs but You get more DH. Fun and technical I went counter clockwise and got in a great workout. It's a little sandy fyi

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Gramcounter


April 16, 2016
 
Review: Never my first choice in the Boulder area, but it's a must ride if you live there. It's best as an out and back from the lower, less busy parking area to the hike a bike rock stairs and back, in my opinion, but is still fun as a loop from the top parking lot. In either case, there's some steep climbs and fast descents, with natural technical sections. For those looking for a good, hard ride you can do a "Super Walker" and ride to it from Boulder, up Flagstaff and back...

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Gramcounter


March 13, 2016
 
Review: Walker Ranch was always a great ride when I lived in Colorado. It has a great mix of technical challenges, long swooping sections, and wonderful scenery throughout.

I rode it with gears and on a single speed and both are doable, altho I'm sure I walked some on the 1x1.

I definitely wouldn't suggest it for beginners. The first time I rode it I was pretty much a beginner and it was way too hard and painful in some spots.

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Bunny Hop

October 14, 2015
zgcracker Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Walker Ranch was "the ride" to do when I moved to Boulder (a long time ago). A great ride if you have 2 hours (or less). I prefer to ride to the left (clockwise), for the same reason that someone below liked to ride the other way. I hated the ideas of wasting downhill vertical hiking my bike down the cliff. Shouldering the bike on the way up isn't easy, but you have to climb that vert anyway. However, the best descent is when you ride counter clockwise, as the trail down to the top of the cliff is fast and flowy. Riding clockwise also gets you a short flat/downhill section into the parking area at the end. Ride it both ways and decide for yourself.

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Granny Gear

August 10, 2015
remarkpk Granny Gear  
 
Review: I always underestimate this ride, and I am always pretty beat afterwards. I usually go counter-clockwise, mainly because I don't want to walk up the hike-a-bike section. There is some fun and fast downhill when you start off, followed by some flat double track along the creek. Then, some steep uphill with a few technical sections but nothing crazy. Once you get to the other parking lot, there is a lot of fun and fast downhill on the southwest side of the trail. Hike your bike down to the creek and catch your breath. What goes down must come up. The last stretch back to the parking lot always kills me. It's not very technical but it's uphill pretty much the entire way. In the end, you always feel accomplished.

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Gramcounter

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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Bunny Hop

July 7, 2013
BHallinCO Bunny Hop  
 
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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Gnarly

July 3, 2013
jkey6 Gnarly  
 
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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Granny Gear

May 6, 2013
jamesm925 Granny Gear  
 
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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Granny Gear

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

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Poseur

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

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Walker Ranch MTB Trail 3.91 out of 5 based on 43 ratings. 43 user reviews.
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