Boulder Valley Ranch Hike
The hike starts at 9:00 AM from the Boulder Valley Ranch Trail Head off Longhorn Road. The Sage and Eagle trails are dirt gravel roads that form a loop around Boulder Valley Ranch. The road is approximately 3.0 miles around a beautiful horse and cattle ranch. Restrooms and limited parking are available at the trail head.
This is a relatively flat to rolling dirt road around a working and historic ranch land north of Boulder. Boulder Valley Ranch is home to a fragile plant community on the black "Shale Barren" soils. Bell's Twinpod is a very rare plant that is unique to shale soils of Front Range Colorado. This hike is good for all skill levels.
Trail features outstanding views of the ranch and foothills
Trail location Boulder Valley Ranch Trailhead
Roundtrip approximately 3.1 miles
Trail type dirt road that loops the cattle and horse ranch
Duration approximately 1.5 hours
High 5,348 ft
Low 5,208 ft
From Boulder take either Broadway Street or Hwy 36 north out of Boulder. Approximately 1 mile after you leave North Boulder, make a right onto Longhorn Road (a dirt road) and follow this to the trailhead and parking area. The turn-off from the highway onto Longhorn Road is marked with a sign for Boulder Valley Ranch Open Space.
There is limited parking at the trailhead. There are no formal arrangements for carpooling. Check the registrant list for potential carpoolers.
Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Make sure to dress accordingly. It may be chilly and there is little shade. At anytime during the hike you may turn back. For safety purpose it is a requirement that if you wish to turn back you must tell one of the coordinators and have a buddy to accompany you. (never just leave the group).
Please keep your car doors locked and your car windows rolled up at all times while leaving your vehicle parked at OSMP trailheads. Also consider leaving important valuables at home or take them with you while visiting open space.
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This event is open to BNC Members & Prospective Members.
Your Hiking Coordinators: Tony Caver and Buzz Bainbridge
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