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Belcher Hill

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 2.9 (70)

A massive climb up the center of White Ranch Open space park.


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Map Key

4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

Singletrack

7,886' 2,404 m

High

6,153' 1,875 m

Low

1,733' 528 m

Up

437' 133 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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Description

There can be heavy hiker and equestrian traffic near on the bottom half of this trail. It starts at the East parking lot as you travel through 2 horse gates - please respect the horses. After the 2nd horse gate there is a very challenging rock garden. The trick is to keep your speed up.

The gradual climb from the rock garden to the stream crossing is very heavily trafficked by hikers, bikers and horses. Ride with caution.

Once at the stream you'll start a 1700+ vertical ascent over packed red rock, loose over hard pack, loose rock, gravel, and finally dirt with roots.

There are some steep sections (both up and down) that will challenge intermediates, particularly the large water bars.

On the descent there is an awesome double drop just west of the intersection with Wippletree trail.

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Matt Thoele

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  2.9 from 70 votes

#149

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  2.9 from 70 votes
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#58

in Colorado

#149

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Photos

Nice spot for a break under a withered pine on a switchback
Oct 4, 2019 near Golden, CO
White Ranch Park, NE of Golden, Colorado
Nov 8, 2013 near Golden, CO
Near the top of upper Belcher Hill on the singletrack climb - looking back towards Denver
May 22, 2013 near Golden, CO
East intersection of Belcher Hill and Mustang.
May 29, 2016 near Golden, CO
You climb, and climb, and climb.  When you're done, climb some more.  But there's a nice view of Denver if you turn around...
Nov 7, 2013 near Golden, CO
The gate into White Ranch
May 6, 2013 near Golden, CO

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Jun 27, 2020
Bobby Schoen
Jun 11, 2020
Caleb Thomas
Went with Tina, super hard but fun downhill — 4h 00m
Jun 6, 2020
Byron Tuck
Shuttled white ranch. Rawhide you longhorn
May 6, 2020
Jack McCaffery
One of the hardest climbs I've tried so far. Next time, need to do a big loop at the top instead of turning right around and bombing down
Apr 26, 2020
Alex Balister
Did Belcher to Maverick to Long Horn descent to Whippletree
Sep 9, 2019
Joe Sawasky
Jul 9, 2019
Luke Perkerwicz
Jul 3, 2019
Trevor Blume
SOOOO FUCKED

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