Brainard Lake Area

Trail Condition Comments Updated Date Edit Trail Conditions Trail Meter Nid
Little Raven Trail
Fair
Snow free but quite muddy. 3 weeks 3 days Fair 252
South St. Vrain Trail (East)
Fair
tacky dirt and 100% clear of deadfall 6 weeks 3 days Fair 253
Sourdough Trail (North)
Fair
perfect dirt from Peaceful Valley to SSV 6 weeks 3 days Fair 254
Sourdough Trail (South)
Fair
Great condition right now 5 weeks 8 hours Fair 384
South St. Vrain Trail (West)
Fair
So good. Snow free, mostly dry, no downed trees. Get some! 5 weeks 8 hours Fair 393
Wapiti Trail (USFS)
Fair
Snow free and good to go! Some deadfall that will need a chainsaw to clear. 6 weeks 4 days Fair 402
Waldrop Trail
Fair
Haven't been on it but that area is melted out, so should be good to go 5 weeks 8 hours Fair 1760
Left Hand Res Road
Fair
Snow free up to Little Raven West 5 weeks 8 hours Fair 2051
Little Raven (East)
Fair
In great condition right now 5 weeks 8 hours Fair 2052
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The Brainard Lake area is located west, and higher, than Ward off the Peak to Peak Highway. These are USFS trails, and as such, are more raw and rugged than most of the trails at lower elevations. In fact, this is the highest mtb trailhead in our area.

There are many options leaving the trailhead - you can leave north or south on the Sourdough Trail. and you can head west towards Little Raven or South Saint Vrain, which both intersect with the loop road at Brainard Lake proper. The main draw, for mountain bikers, is the amazingly hard techincal nature of the trails. Trails feature bridges, loose and embeded rocks, and an altitude of nearly two miles high is felt be nearly everyone.