Little Raven Trail

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Tour de force of techy awesomeness

This trail started out as a cross-country ski trail, and you can see why - after the snow melts away, what's left behind is a festival of rocks and sketchy technical sections.

In 2007-2008, BMA volunteer trail building crews put in hundreds of hours bringing the Little Raven up to spec for multi-use travel such as mountain bikes.  In partnership with the USFS, BMA crews did an insane amount of rockwork, bulding walls to support singletrack and armoring drainage areas so more feet and tires wouldn't damage the boggy areas.  BMA crews helped build a robust bridge at gnarly a creek crossing.  We even installed a few skinny lines across the bigger bogs, so get ready to practice your handling!  All this trailwork helped create a true multi-use trail that is far from sanitized, but helps protect some of the gorgeous forest wetlands you rarely see in Boulder County.

The Little Raven is usually ridden from south to north, aka from the intersection with the Sourdough Trail to Brainard Lake - you get a little more downhill trend in the technical sections.  Also, keep your eyes peeled for optional lines off the main trail tread.

The trail stats and KMZ/GPX provided here are for the section of the trail between Left Hand Reservoir Road and Brainard Lake Road.  There is a continuing section of Little Raven which goes east from Left Hand Res Rd to the Sourdough Trail, which is rather different in character.

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T: 7 A: 6 C: 7

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1.7 mi.
227 ft.


Trail Meter: Fair»Closed

Closed to bikes until May 1st.

Trail Meter: Good»Fair

Seasonal bike closure begins November 15.

Trail Meter: Fair»Good

Dry rocky goodness

Trail Meter: Good»Fair

Snow free but quite muddy.

Trail Meter: Fair»Good

Almost snow-free. 2 or 3 drifts hanging around. Wet but not too muddy. 100% clear of deadfall.

Bring your hiking boots and crampons... Lots of snow drifts and debris. Almost entirely unrideable.

Trail Meter: Closed»Fair

Winter closure lifted. Actual condition unknown.

This is closed to bikes in winter.

Reopens May 1st.

Trail Meter: Good»

closed to bikes, including fat bikes thru April

for snow!

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