Last weekend I completed the Walker Ranch Loop, near Boulder, CO. I hiked with a meetup group which consisted of 10 people and a really well behaved dog named Arrow. It was an awesome hike that can be described as moderately difficult.
The hike is 6.8 miles long and has downhill areas, flat areas, steep stairs, and inclines both steep and gradual. You will encounter plenty of other hikers, mountain bikers, and even horses on this hike. Dogs are allowed if they are on a leash.
The hike is a loop so you can start it from either direction. Most people online feel if you head to the right the hike is easier and if you head to the left it is harder. We hiked to the left. The only major difference I noticed is that if you veer to the left you will have to go up the steep stairs located in the middle of the hike, but if you veer right you will be traveling down the steps. The hike dips down into a valley so you will definitely encounter plenty of uphill sections no matter which path you choose.
The hike has beautiful views of trees, rock formations, and a river. You can also see some fire damage from a 2000 fire. I recommend the Walker Ranch Loop for beautiful views and a challenging hike.
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