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White Ranch Hike (2.5 or 4.7 Mile)

  • Aug 10, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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We can lead two groups - the Rawhide Loop trail is about 4.7 miles, and is a moderate hike (sometimes very steep). The Wrangler Run trail starts out on the Rawhide loop, but bisects it - and is better for younger/older dogs/people. :)

 

If you want to meet in Golden and caravan, we will meet at 7:30 AM in the Starbucks parking lot on the north side of town at HWY 93 & Washington (turn in on Rubey Drive). We will then head up and meet in the parking parking lot at the end of the road in White Ranch Park. **Please note - the road to get there is VERY twisty in case you have dogs that get carsick...

 

Directions to Trailhead The Rawhide Loop Trail begins from the West Access Trailhead in White Ranch Park, 9.3 miles from Highway 93 in Golden, Colorado: Take Colorado Highway 93 north from Golden approximately 1 mile to Golden Gate Canyon Road. Turn west on Golden Gate Canyon Road. Travel west 3.7 miles to Crawford Gulch Road. Bear right onto Crawford Gulch Road and travel 3.9 miles to Belcher Hill Road. Turn right on Belcher Hill Road and travel 1.7 miles to the main West Access Trailhead. If parking is full you may backtrack several hundred yards on Belcher Hill Road to an auxiliary parking area on the side of the road.

 

This is rated a moderate 4.7 mile loop hike. We can bring lunch (keep in cooler in the car) and have a nice outing! Unfortunately dogs need to be leashed in this park (technically), but I'm sure they will enjoy getting out an about anyway!

 

The Rawhide Loop Trail circles White Ranch Park's highest meadows and rolling hilltops with exceptional views and varied terrain throughout. This transition zone between foothills and montane forest weaves a diverting tapestry of flower-riddled meadows, ponderosa parks and dense fir forest home to mule deer, turkey, fox, bobcat, bear, deer, elk and mountain lion. This versatile trail invites hikers, runners, mountain bikers, equestrians, back country campers and winter recreationalists of all abilities. The Rawhide Loop begins from the West Access Trailhead.


For a shorter but equally gratifying alternative consider using the Wrangler Run Trail, which bisects the Rawhide Loop. The Wrangler Run Trail cuts the roundtrip distance to approximately 2.5 miles, a good option for families, those with limited time or winter travel conditions.
http://www.protrails.com/trail/boulder-denver-golden-fort-collins-lyons-rawhide-loop-trail

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  • Michael

    Great hike! The weather was spectacular and the views from the North end of the loop were fantastic. Enjoyed the company (people and pets) as usual!

    August 10, 2013

  • Jamie S.

    Loved this hike! Great company, a beautiful view from the top. I really enjoyed this!

    August 10, 2013

  • Kristen C.

    Great, scenic way to spend the day! Clementine is enjoying a nice nap as we speak. We enjoyed the company!

    August 10, 2013

  • Buffy

    Fantastic - albeit a very sunny day. Glad we got an early start. The dogs had fun and everyone got some great exercise! Fun group of people and pups as usual!

    August 10, 2013

  • Natascha H.

    We will meet you at the Starbucks in Golden

    August 10, 2013

  • Heike P.

    Sorry i need to cancel for tomorrow...but i need to work.... see you next time....

    August 9, 2013

    • Buffy

      Hope to see you soon!

      August 10, 2013

  • Buffy

    Reminder: If you want to meet in Golden and caravan, we will meet at 7:30 AM in the Starbucks parking lot on the north side of town at HWY 93 & Washington (turn in on Rubey Drive). We will then head up and meet in the parking parking lot at the end of the road in White Ranch Park. **Please note - the road to get there is VERY twisty in case you have dogs that get carsick...

    2 · August 8, 2013

    • Jamie S.

      I'll meet you guys in Golden so we can caravan.

      August 9, 2013

  • George U.

    I had something come up, and I have to cancel. I' m looking forward to the St. Mary's Glacier hike with the pups

    August 8, 2013

  • Buffy

    Have adjusted it to take out "lunch" - but I do suggest bringing a snack for you and your pups. :)

    August 8, 2013

    • Jamie S.

      Of course. :) Just wasn't sure if we were picnicking.

      August 8, 2013

  • Jamie S.

    What is the lunch plan? Will we just be eating lunch on the trail? (The title of the meet up says lunch too, so just wondering.)

    August 8, 2013

  • Buffy

    Please review this before coming on the hike - thanks! :-)

    http://www.meetup.com/The-Colorado-Bernese-Mountain-Dog-Meetup-Group/pages/Tips_for_Hiking_with_the_Group/

    We have extra gear if anyone needs to borrow a pack/water bottles, etc.

    June 21, 2013

  • Kristen C.

    Clementine and I will go for the Wrangler Run :-)

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • Buffy

      I'll probably lead that hike & Mr. Mountain Man Mike will lead the Rawhide Loop. :)

      June 21, 2013

    • Kristen C.

      Sounds good - we will follow you :-)

      June 21, 2013

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