White Ranch Trails Overview, Golden

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White Ranch Open Space Park is a Jeffersion County park in the foothills north-west of Golden, Colorado. There are a variety of well-maintained trails for all ability levels. Most trails are long enough to provide a good workout, with excellent views, both of the mountains and of the city. You can get a taste for foothills geology in this area as some of the trails have excellent hogback and cliff views.

Getting There: There are three parking areas that access White Ranch. The main parking area is located at the end of the road that goes through the park. To get to this parking area you take Golden Gate Canyon Road and turn on Crawford Gulch Road just after The Golden Gate Grange. After a few miles on Crawford Gulch Road you will see the sign to turn into the park. The main lot is at the end of the road, or there is a side lot about a mile before the main one. There is another trailhead closer to downtown Golden on West 56th Ave that accesses the Belcher Hill Trail along an easement that crosses some high-end homes.

Over time we will be adding all of the major trails in White Ranch. Trails are listed in order from easiest to hardest. Click on a hike to go to the details and track download for that hike.

1. White Ranch Sawmill Trail.

2. White Ranch Rawhide Loop.

If you want to spend the night, there are some nice hotels in downtown Golden, or stay in Lakewood near the Colorado Mills Mall for less expensive lodging options. You can camp in nearby Golden Gate Canyon State Park at Reverend’s Ridge Campground if you don’t want to stay at the White Ranch primitive camp sites.

White Ranch after a routine burn.
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