Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mustang > Belcher Hill Loop, White Ranch Park

Mustang > Belcher Hill Loop
White Ranch Park

Date Hiked: July 31, 2013

  • Distance: 4.5 mi (RT)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,019ft
  • Elevation Min/Max: 7,220 to 7,920ft
  • Managing Agency: Jefferson County Open Space
  • Fee: None

White Ranch Park Website (Jeffco)
Mustang > Belcher Hill Loop Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  From Denver, take I-70 west to Hwy 58 west to 93 north.  Turn left (west) on Golden Gate Canyon Road.  Head up the canyon and make a right onto Crawford Gulch Road.  Look for the signs pointing to the park and make a right onto Belcher Hill Road.  Take this road into the park and park at the small parking area uphill from the main parking area.

The Mustang/Belcher Hill Loop is a wonderful, seldom traveled trail in an otherwise popular Jeffco Open Space Park.  From the upper parking area, head up the Belcher Hill Trail through the forest to the top of Belcher Hill.  From here turn right onto the Mustang Trail and proceed down the side of Belcher Hill.  This stretch is a pleasure to hike.  The hillside is rocky, there is a "boardwalk" for the bikers, and in July the Wildflowers are amazing.  As the reach the bottom of the gully, you'll enter a pine and aspen forest, cross a creek and start heading back up the side of Belcher Hill.  When you get to the trail junction, turn left onto the Belcher Hill Trail and take this all the way back to the top of Belcher Hill...the views along this stretch are beautiful.  From the top of the hill wind you way back down to the parking area.

This trail is currently closed due to the 2013 flooding so check the park's webpage for more information.

1 comment:

  1. Info on Mustang is out of date. It has been rebuilt and is open