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Walker Ranch Trail

  • ★★★
  • 7.6 mile loop
  • Elevation gain: 890 feet
  • 2-4 hours
  • Moderately strenuous
  • Forest, creeks, & meadows

Distance from Denver: 55 minutes


Parking: Free

This wonderfully designed loop trail takes you through a beautiful Colorado wilderness of evergreen trees and alongside several sections of the lovely South Boulder Creek. You can begin from the south end at Gross Dam Road or the north off Flagstaff Road (the latter is easier to access and slightly closer to Denver).

Beginning at the Flagstaff Road trailhead, take the loop clockwise for the best views and less challenging climbs. You’ll spend a lot of time alongside South Boulder Creek and see a few small waterfalls and rapids – in this area, a wild turkey approached me and began following me until I made a run for it and escaped. Next, you’ll walk through some open meadows descend into a remote and dense mountain forest. Climb back up through a bright region of rock formations, open fields, and more creek views to your car.

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