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White Ranch: Technical Descent Tour

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Rank: #6 in the Denver area
#30 in Colorado
#146 Overall
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“A tour of the southern half of White Ranch's best features.”
Matt Thoele on May 6, 2013
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11.218.0 milesKilometers 2,264’690 m Ascent 7,885’2,403 m High 7.7% Avg Grade
100% Singletrack -2,264’-690 m Descent 6,147’1,874 m Low 18.7% Max Grade
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2:28 average ride time for 11.7 miles. Details

This ride will reward you for getting the Belcher Hill sufferfest out of the way. The ride features some of the best singletrack in the front range. Technical drops, switchbacks, rock gardens, and climbs. It's everything a dirt lover could want.
Need To Know
Belcher Hill can get very hot! If you want to ride this trail in full sun, start from the west parking lot and skip the lower section on Belcher.

The lower half of the Belcher trail has a lot of trail user traffic. Watch out for hikers, dogs, bikers and horses.
Description
Start at the Eastern (lower) parking lot. Head through the 2 horse gates. After the gates, there's a great rock garden to test your skills. After that there's a short gradual climb through a stand of bushes, and again this trail is heavily used. Use the planks to wind down and up the banks of the steam crossing. Now you'll have a 1740 ft climb ahead of you!

The start of the climb is loose over hard trail, singletrack and moderately steep. Starting at the intersection with Longhorn is a very loose, rocky section of trail. This section is re-purposed doubletrack until the intersection with the Sawmill trail. If you want a little break from the doubletrack, take the Round up loop. Its a fun little singletrack climb. After the intersection with Sawmill, Belcher HIll returns to singletrack. It's full of water bars and steep from here to the top.

At the top of Belcher Hill, drop your seat and unlock your shock! Head South on Mustang Trail. This is where you'll be rewarded for your hill climb suffer fest! Get ready for rapid fire technical drop after drop broken up by high bank corners and planked sections. After the initial downhill section, Mustang Trail mellows out to a climb, descent, climb, descent until you meet back up with Belcher Hill.

Once you meet back up with Belcher, fight the urge to turn your wheel downhill! For a little more climbing you'll be rewarded with more awesome! Climb back up Belcher to the Maverick intersection. Now that wasn't so bad, was it?

For the rest of the ride, you'll take Maverick to Longhorn, the Shorthorn cut off, and finish out with a high speed Belcher hill exit:

Rip down Maverick, and try to bunny hop the waterbar ruts. Don't miss the rock drops. This section will make you love your dropper seatpost if you have one, or make you want to buy one when you finish the ride!

Meet up with Longhorn and head to the right. Longhorn starts out with some sweet flowy loose over hard singletrack with water bars. Work on banking your corners and hopping drops. Take a right at the intersection with Shorthorn. Show off your rock garden skills and imagine what it would be like to ride in BC as you pass through the cool pine tree sections. Finish up on Longhorn again with a couple short climbs.

Once you reach a small clearing with a pine tree - that's it. No more climbing! (Well that's a small lie, there's the creek and a short spot right before the parking lot.) Rip the water bars and rocks to meet up with Belcher.

Keep an eye out for other trail users and tear down Belcher. You earned it! Don't miss out on the awesome double drop right before the intersection with Wippletree.

Again, after the creek crossing there can be very heavy trail traffic. Stay strong through the rock garden and finish at the parking lot.

12 miles of awesome!
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Recent Conditions
Jul 19
Lots of trail damange from water
Apr 18
Mustang: dry but still closed below Sawmill. Maverick: Dry with a couple muddy switchbacks. Longhorn: Dry all the way to the bottom
Mar 29
dry and muddy in places (Maverick and Longhorn)
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